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SA’s Halkett welcomes challenge of Olympic champions Germany

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Experienced South African defender Rhett Halkett is relishing the opportunity of playing against Olympic champions Germany in a three-Test series in Cape Town at the end of the month.
Jon Cook reports that Halkett, pictured above, has played 131 Test matches for South Africa and faced the world’s best teams and strikers.
‘I made my debut against Germany and have played them on numerous occasions,’ Halkett said on Monday. ‘They are a very well organised team with world-class individual players.
‘Germany are defensively sound and very good in one-versus-one situations both in defence and offence. They have efficient ball and game control in combination with the ability to attack at speed from anywhere.’
For Halkett, competing and testing his ability against the best in the world is what drives him on. ‘These upcoming Tests will be no different. The German league is the toughest European league I have played in to date.’
The Capetonian said the fans can expect slick, exciting hockey with an exceptionally high skill level, while they will also be able to witness strong defensive structures.
‘Well, to be honest, when you have won the last two Olympic gold medals, everyone in your team has the potential to be dangerously effective,’ Halkett said of the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London 2012 champs.
‘Personally, I am feeling good. We had a good summer series at the end of January and we managed to secure some good results against three Rio Olympic teams, but playing Germany is always different.’

SA TEAM
Goalkeepers: Gowan Jones (KZN Raiders), Rassie Pieterse Southern Gauteng)
Defenders: Dylan Swanepoel, Daniel Bell, Rhett Halkett (Western Province), Tyson Dlungwana (SA U21), Mohamed Mea (KZN Raiders), Gareth Heyns (Southern Gauteng)
Midfielders: Dan Sibbald, Tim Drummond (KZN Raiders), Charlie Bowren, Ryan Julius (SA U21), Reza Rosenberg, Miguel da Graca (Southern Gauteng), Wade Paton (Western Province)
Forwards: Pierre de Voux, Lloyd Norris-Jones, Keenan Horne (Western Province) Bili Ntuli, Tevin Kok, Ryan Crowe (SA U21), Ross Hetem (KZN Raiders), Stephen Cant (Northern Blues)

Picture of Halkett courtesy of Action Pix


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