Investec SA Show Pluck in Second Test

Just when it looked like eight-time World Player of the Year Luciana Aymar was running away with the show, the Investec South Africa women’s hockey team struck twice in stunning fashion to leave the second Test standing at 2-2 on the half-time whistle on Sunday night, but four goals in the second half steered the South Americans to a 6-2 victory.

(Click here to read the Investec SA tour to Argentina preview on gsport, and here for the first Test match review)

Aymar, captain of world number two Argentina – the reigning World Cup champions – sliced through her favourite left channel in inimitable fashion in the ninth and 11th minutes to set up straightforward tap-ins for Carla Rebecchi and Agustina Albertario.

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SA showed remarkable pluck in their second Test, and look forward to a Rest Day on Monday ahead of the third fixture on Tuesday (Early Wednesday morning, SA time). Photo: Supplied
SA showed remarkable pluck in their second Test, and look forward to a Rest Day on Monday ahead of the third fixture on Tuesday (Early Wednesday morning, SA time). Photo: Supplied

Trailing 2-0 inside the quarter-hour with Aymar in irresistible form, SA fought their way back with a brace of superb goals by Tanya Britz in the 16th and 18th minutes, captain Sulette Damons and fellow striker Lilian du Plessis making the vital passes.

SA had their chances after the break but it was Argentina who turned theirs into goals.

Just after half-time (39th minute) Noel Barrionuevo sent a low drag-flick from Argentina’s fifth penalty corner into the goals; then Delfina Moreno’s brilliant ball control in the 59th and Rebecchi’s top finish hard a minute later (60th) gave the South Americans a three-goal cushion over world number 11 South Africa.

And in the 62nd minute Daniela Sruoga followed up Argentina’s eighth PC to make the final score 6-2.

SA goalkeeper Phume Mbande made a host of fine saves – this shot stopper is growing in leaps and bounds – while Shelley Russell, back for this Test along with Jade Mayne, must be wondering what she has to do to convince the officials that she has earned penalty corner decisions.

Argentina won the first Test 6-1 on Saturday night. A Rest Day follows the second Test on Monday, and the third Test is at 1.40am (SA time) on Wednesday morning.


Test Matches (SA times):
23 Feb 01:40am: Argentina 6-1 (3-1) Investec South Africa
24 Feb 01:40am: Argentina vs Investec South Africa
25 Feb: Rest Day
26 Feb 01:40am: Argentina vs Investec South Africa
27 Feb: Rest Day
28 Feb 01:40am: Argentina vs Investec South Africa
29 Feb 01:40am: Argentina vs Investec South Africa
Las Leonas Squad:
Luciana Aymar
Laura Aladro
Agustina Albertario
Noel Barrionuevo
Martina Cavallero
Silvina D’elia
Julia Gomes Fantasia
Agustina Habif
Florencia Habif
Giselle Juarez
Rosario Luchetti
Delfina Merino
Florencia Mutio
Carla Rebecchi
Macarena Rodriguez
Pilar Romang
Mariana Rossi
Rocio Sanchez
Mariela Scarone
Daniela Sruoga
Josefina Sruoga
Belen Succi
Investec South Africa:
Phumelela Mbande
Anelle van Deventer
Lisa Deetlefs
Marcelle Manson
Quanita Bobbs
Nicolene Terblanche
Marsha Cox
Shelley Russell
Tarryn Bright
Bernie Coston
Kathleen Taylor
Illse Davids
Jade Mayne
Dirkie Chamberlain
Lilian du Plessis
Celia Evans
Tanya Britz
Sulette Damons
Candice Manuel
Kelly Madsen

Main photo captionInvestec SA launch another attack on the world no. 2 Las Leonas of Argentina. South Africa came from two goals down to go into half-time 2-all with the five-Test hosts, only to concede four unanswered goals in the second half to lose the second fixture 6-2. Photo: Supplied


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