A Lucas Rossi hat-trick inside 10 minutes plus goals from Joaquin Menini and Guido Barreiros gave Argentina a 5-2 lead at half-time in the fourth Test at Queensmead in Durban Monday and set up a 7-3 victory.
Argentina now lead the series 4-0 with the fifth and final Test at 6.30 pm Tuesday on the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Argentina added goals from Matias Rey and Matias Paredes in the second half while SA scored at the end via the stick of Craig Haley.
Lucas Rossi was named man of the match.
ÔÇ£We started well but maybe we went to sleep after that and let them back into the game,ÔÇØ said SA head coach Charlie Pereira.
ÔÇ£Their runners are very quick and skilful and they capitalised. We weren’t up to scratch and as time goes by in the series, with such a new group we have, it’s beginning to tell. We haven’t had enough time to train together with this group.ÔÇØ
Pereira said in the first three Tests SA were in the game but admitted that the South Africans were outplayed Monday. ÔÇ£Three very soft goals changes a 4-3 score where you are still in with a chance to a 7-3 defeat.ÔÇØ
SA captain Rhett Halkett said it was in one-on-one situations that SA were let down. ÔÇ£Individual errors gifted three goals,ÔÇØ said the SA defender. ÔÇ£In the previous three Tests our one-on-one defence was very good but at this level individual errors get punished.
Greg Labuscagne’s picture, right, shows Jonty Robinson on the attack in Monday’s match.
ÔÇ£Tuesday evening in Pietermaritzburg we need to do the basics better.ÔÇØ
Both sides had ample opportunities to add to the 10-goal tally in the game with Taine Paton and Tim Drummond hitting the post, the latter finished off by Haley. Shots also went high and just wide, while Paredes ironically botched probably the easiest chance of the match.
Argentina won the penalty corner count but it was the prevalence of goals inside the penalty spot area that indicated the quality of the attacks by both sides.
Yet it was the difficulty the SA defence and midfield had in containing the fast, skilful Argentine forwards and playmakers that probably made the biggest difference. Turnover ball cost SA once again.