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SA men off to flying start but Germany rule with 3-0 series win
- Updated: March 1, 2016
The SA men’s hockey team went 2-0 up inside the first eight minutes before going down 6-2 to Olympic champions Germany in the third and final Test match at Hartleyvale in Cape Town on Monday night.
The win gives Germany a 3-0 series victory in this the men’s segment of the Private Property Summer Series. In each match the Germans managed to find the next on six occasions.
Striker Keenan Horne, pictured above, opened the scoring with a field goal in the second minute followed by WP teammate Daniel Bell’s penalty corner drag-flick success in the seventh.
But as has become customary after an SA goal in the series, Germany were able to hit back immediately from the restart, this time via a penalty corner off the stick of Arnold Pilt.
A brace of field goals by superstars Tobias Hauke and Christopher Ruhr within a six-minute passage either side of the first and second chukkas gave Germany a 3-2 halftime lead.
A productive third chukka saw the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games champions go 5-2 up in a five-minute burst when Florian Fuchs (FG) and Jonas Gomoll (PC) got familiar with the back of the net.
A second Fuchs goal from field play 12 minutes from the end sealed Germany’s 6-2 victory and the accompanying 3-0 series whitewash.
The first test on Friday night was won 6-2 and Saturday night’s second test 6-1.
Picture of Horne courtesy of Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images