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SA go down to Argentina in second hockey Test
- Updated: December 13, 2013
Argentina beat the South African men’s hockey team 1-0 in the second Test match at Kearsney College in Hillcrest, Durban on Thursday afternoon.
That after the teams were level 0-0 at halftime. The third Test in this five-Test series in KZN is at 3pm Saturday at Queensmead Hockey Stadium in Umbilo, Durban South.
South American champions Argentina scored the winner through a Pedro Ibarra penalty corner midway through the second half (53rd minute).
Three South Africans (all from Southern Gauteng) made their debut ÔÇô Dylan Coombes, Dean Symons and Nic Spooner.
ÔÇ£It was a much tighter Test match and we produced a far better team performance,ÔÇØ said SA captain Rhett Halkett.
ÔÇ£We created some good scoring opportunities and were sharper in defence. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the result we felt we deserved but that is how narrow the margin is on the international stage.
ÔÇ£This young group is learning quickly and we are improving with every game.
ÔÇ£Saturday will be another great opportunity for us to continue along this curve of improvement in order to get the result we desire.ÔÇØ
First Test ÔÇô Argentina 4 South Africa 2; Second Test ÔÇô Argentina 1 South Africa 0; Third Test – Saturday (Queensmead, 3pm); Fourth Test ÔÇô Monday, December 16 (Queensmead,┬á3pm); Fifth Test ÔÇô Tuesday, December 17 (UKZN Pietermaritzburg, 6.30pm).
Meanwhile, despite winning numerous penalty corners and creating other opportunities, the South Africa Under-21 men’s hockey team conceded late goals to lose 4-0 to an on-song Pakistan in the play-offs for ninth to 12th places at the Junior World Cup in Delhi on Thursday.
SA will now play Argentina on Saturday in the play-off for 11th and 12th places.