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SA get nine-goal bashing by Belgium

A clinical display from the Rio silver medallists Belgium on Monday dashed any hope the South African national men’s hockey team had of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the FIH Hockey World League Semi-finals.

Belgium won the last group match of the tournament by beating South Africa 9-1.

Belgium got the scoreboard moving after only three minutes when Alexander Hendrickx scored from a penalty corner. The second goal came from field play when Nicolas De Keppel scored.

At halftime the game had already turned into a nightmare for the South Africans with five more goals scored in the second chukka. Belgium were leading by 7-0 with still 30 minutes to play. Thomas Briels (2), Sebastien Dockier, Loick Luypaert and Cedric Charlier all got on the scorecard.

Just minutes into the third chukka Dockier scored again and with a minute left Belgium scored again to rub the salt in the South African wounds.

As was in all previous games South Africa had some solid build-ups, but never succeeded in scoring from these phases and presses and plays in the circle from the South African strikers were disappointing.

Matt Guise-Brown finally broke the deadlock for the home team by scoring from a penalty corner.

Belgium won silver at the Rio Olympic Games last year and are currently 5th on the world rankings. South Africa is 15th.

South Africa will now play for ninth place in the tournament.

South Africa’s women play Germany in the quarter-final on Tuesday at 6pm.

Picture of SA’s Jonty Robinson courtesy of Christiaan Kotze/Gallo Images


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