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It’s first blood to Argentina as South Africa go down
- Updated: December 12, 2013
Our national men’s hockey side have gone down to Argentina in Durban ÔÇô in the first match of a five-Test series.
In a match played at the Riverside Sports Club, the South American outfit led 2-0 at half-time and went on to win 4-2.
Argentina’s first half goals came through a Pedro Ibarra penalty corner in the fifth minute and a field goal by Facundo Callioni (26th). They added two more strikes in the second half by Lucas Vila (36th) and Juan Martin Lopez (67th).
South Africa, fielding an experimental squad with an eye on the World Cup finals in the Netherlands next year, scored through field goals from Craig Haley (38th) and Taine Paton (40th).
The second Test in this five-Test series in KZN will also be played in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday (4pm), with Kearsney College being the venue.
ÔÇ¿ÔÇ¿REMAINING FIXTURES AFTER THURSDAYÔÇ¿
Third Test: Saturday (Queensmead, 3pm); Fourth Test: Monday, December 16 (Queensmead,┬á3pm); Fifth Test: Tuesday, December 17 (UKZN Pietermaritzburg, 6pm).