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SA’s men go down to Olympic hockey champions

Olympic championships Germany beat South Africa 7-2 on Wednesday night after leading 5-1 at half-time in the first of three Test matches at Hartleyvale Hockey Stadium,  Cape Town.

Mats Grambusch opened the scoring with a field goal in the eighth minute and Pierre de Voux equalised for SA in the 12th, reports Jon Cook.

Another Grambusch goal in the 15th restored Germany’s lead and Oskar Deecke scored in the same minute for Germany to go 3-1 up.

A field goal in the 20th by Christopher Ruhr and captain Martin Haner’s penalty corner in the 26th left the half-time score 5-1.

After half-time Lloyd Norris-Jones pulled one back for SA in the 39th minute but Florian Fuchs’ brace of field goals in the 44th and 56th minutes cemented Germany’s 7-2 win.

SA umpires Sean Rapaport and Riaan Osman issued one (green) card during the game.

The second Test is at 7pm on Friday.


SOUTH AFRICA (starting): Lance Louw, Wade Paton (capt), Andrew Cronje, Lloyd Madsen, Lloyd Norris-Jones, Matt Botha, Craig Haley, Jacques le Roux (GK), Lungi Tsolekile, Clive Terwin, Francois Pretorius.ÔÇ¿Rolling subs: Nick Spooner (12th minute), Nick Gonsalves (10th), Robin Jones (16th), Pierre de Voux (11th), Owen Mvimbi (10th), Geowynne Gamiet (11th), Gowan Jones (GK, 36th min).
ÔÇ¿GERMANY (starting): Linus Butt, Martin Haner (capt), Oskar Deecke, Christopher Wesley, Tobias Hauke, Jan-Phillip Rabente, Benjamin Wess, Florian Fuchs, Thilo Stralkowski, Lukas Windfeder, Tim Jessulat (GK).ÔÇ¿ Rolling subs: Tom Mieling (7th minute), Tobias Matania (7th), Mats Grambusch (6th), Moritz Polk (7th), Christopher Ruhr (7th), Martin Zwicker (7th), Nicolas Jacobi (GK).
Umpires: Sean Rapaport (SA), Riaan Osman (SA)