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SA stay positive despite pounding from Serbia


By Mark Etheridge

Just as their women counterparts did two days previously, South Africa’s men’s water polo team battled against the Olympic champions at the FINA World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Monday.

After the women had gone down 24-2 to the United States, skipper Pierre le Roux’s charges were savaged to the tune of 21-5 by Serbia, the current Olympic, world and European champions.

Quarter scores were 6-1 7-1 5-1 and SA’s best rewards were in the final quarter which went 3-2 in favour of the Serbians.

Despite the defeat Le Roux took some good out of the beating. ‘It was still an absolute honour to play against Serbia at world championships. A highlight in my water polo career.

‘As expected they came our firing and put some really fantastic passages of play together to put us under huge pressure early in the game.

‘But what was positive to see was that we kept fighting throughout the game – as the nerves calmed down we started playing better.

‘We managed to draw some exclusions and score some really well worked team goals. It was very evident to see that one team was a multiple world title holder and have played many games together while the other was still finding comfort and balance playing together.

‘Still there were many positives from the game – if you look at some of their players ( Filipovic – the best player in the world) we manage to show some really good passages of play. A lot to work on but a good foundation to begin with.’

South Africa’s goals went to Le Roux’s brother Etienne (2), Devon Card, Chris Brown and Nic Molyneux.

It doesn’t get any easier though with world No3 water polo side Greece lying in wait for South Africa’s next Group C game on Wednesday.

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