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SA hockey duo downed by Dengue Fever
- Updated: July 6, 2013
National hockey captain Austin Smith and midfielder Jonty Robinson will both miss the last two World League Semi-Final matches in Malaysia after going down with┬á suspected Dengue Fever.
Smith and Robinson are both in hospital and cannot leave Malaysia until they are clear of the virus.
Dengue fever is an infectious tropical disease, with typical symptoms being high fever, aching body and rashes.
Jon Cook reports that the news comes as a blow to the 12th ranked South Afrian side who play 16th ranked Japan in the first round of play-offs (placement match one) for fifth to eighth places on Saturday morning.
Should SA beat Japan, they will tackle the winners of placement match two, either Malaysia or Pakistan, in the Plate final (for fifth place) on Sunday at 11am (SA time) on SuperSport 7 and HD4. Should SA lose to Japan, they will play in the seventh/eighth playoff match at 8.45 am Sunday live on SuperSport 7 and HD4.
All the tournament matches on Saturday and Sunday including the semi-finals Saturday and the gold medal, bronze medal and Plate matches are live on SuperSport.