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SA men’s side hit for six in Argentina
- Updated: February 23, 2014
South Africa certainly deserved more yet it was Argentina who took their chances to put six goals past the visitors in the first of of the five-Test hockey series in Mar de Plata, Argentina.
The home side lead 3-0 at half time and the second half was marred with more controversial decisions and the South Americans capitalised to add three more goals for a 6-0 victory, reports Jon Cook.
Three goals inside five minutes either side of half-time made a comeback very difficult.ÔÇ¿ÔÇ¿First-half penalty corners by Gonzalo Peillat in the eighth and 27th minutes, the second after SA had given away a needless PC, plus a dubious field goal in the 34th by Juan Cruz Vila gave Argentina the lead at the changeover. After the break, field goals from Guillermo Schickendantz (37th minute) and Alan Andino (38th) plus Peillat’s hat-trick PC in the 64th minute were SA’s undoing.
SA fielded two new caps in Jaco Fourie of Free State and Dan Sibbald of KZN Coastal Raiders, both giving a good account of themselves.
Last time the sides met, the world No11 side beat the 12th ranked South Africa 5-0 in a series whitewash in KwaZulu-Natal.
Los Leones (The Lions) under head coach Carlos ÔÇ£ChapaÔÇØ (Crazy One) Retegui, who is in a unique position as he also is head coach of the women’s side, are fast building a reputation as a formidable threat to any side but the South Africans had chances of their own, notably Lungi Tsolekile and Owen Mvimbi, who got themselves into good positions in the strike zone.
Argentine umpires Leandro Bobadilla and Hernan del Ruiz ruled nine PCs in the South Americans’ favour, a number of which were plain errors, coming off South African hands and not feet. SA were awarded one PC.ÔÇ¿ÔÇ¿There was no doubt that Argentina were the better side, but definitely not by six clear goals.