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SA hockey sides still under the cosh against Argentina

Our national senior men’s and women’s hockey sides suffered two more defeats against Argentina in Mar del Plata on Tuesday evening.

The men’s side went down 3-1 and the women were on the wrong end of a 5-1 scoreline.

Jon Cook reports that a good third Test match by the men’s side saw them go into the break trailing 2-1 against a slick Argentina but it didn’t do them full justice.

Neither did the second half, which saw Argentina add one more goal for a 3-1 win to secure the series with two Tests to go.

Argentina won the first Test 6-0 and the second Test 4-2.

SA were on the back foot as early as the fifth minute when the unerring Gonzalo Peillat sent a fizzing low drag-flick into the backboard from the South American champions’ first penalty corner.

In the 24th minute a good period of play by SA was undone when Juan Agulleiro got in a shot and Lucas Martinez was on hand to pop the rebound off Pieterse’s pads into the net.

But good period of play followed for SA and influential centre back Jethro Eustice showed great vision in firing a 50-metre pass straight up the middle to a lurking Pierre de Voux, pictured right, in the strike zone and the sharpshooter picked the ball up before drilling past keeper Juan Vivaldi.

In the 64th minute and against the run of play Guillermo Schickendantz swept the ball home from close to wrap up a final 3-1 score.

As for the women, bare statistics can be cruel when two goals in the last five minutes gave Argentina a 5-1 win over an impressive Investec SA women’s side after the reigning World Cup champions had led 2-1 at half-time.

The win gives world number two Argentina a 3-0 series lead over world 11 SA with two Test matches still to play.

In the third minute Argentina won a dubious first penalty corner and Noel Barrionuevo sent her drag-flick low to goalkeeper Phume Mbande’s left (1-0). SA equalised eight minutes later when Nicolene Terblanche won a turnover in her own half.

She then fed Sulette Damons who passed to fellow striker Dirkie Chamberlain, the latter showing great presence of mind not to shoot or rush her pass and only releasing the ball when Damons, right, was in the perfect position inside the six-yard box to deflect home (1-1).

But in the 20th Argentina went back in front when Carla Rebecchi scored after the initial play had been made by Agustina Albertario (2-1). After half-time, SA had plenty of goalscoring opportunities that came and went, but Las Leonas made theirs count.

Three minutes after the changeover a PC variation right and then left set up Barrionuevo’s second goal.

SA had a prolonged spell of very good play but in the 66th Rosario Luchetti scored from an Argentina PC when she got a touch to Barrionuevo’s conventional strike (4-1).

Two minutes from the end it was game over as Rebecchi effected a turnover and smashed her shot into the back of the net for the 5-1 final scoreline.

Pictures: Rodrigo Jaramillo