South Africa underlined their dominance on the African continent with a dismissive victory over their East African neighbours Kenya at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Tuesday, 2 August 2022.
Hat-tricks from Jean-Leigh du Toit, Tarryn Lombard and Lilian du Plessis were enough to give the South Africans a comfortable win that keeps them in with a medal hope.
South Africa and Kenya saw the first All African affair of the 2022 Commonwealth Games take place in Birmingham. Both teams were looking for their first victories of the tournament so there was added spice to an encounter.
South Africa made their intentions clear very early with the intent of a team looking to win convincingly. They had the first goal in the 7th minute through the exciting youngster Jean-Leigh du Toit. She looked to double the lead but it was superbly charged down by the first wave of the Kenyans.
Tarryn Lombard doubled the South African score line and two quickly became three as Quanita Bobbs fed the ball through to Lilian du Plessis, who made no mistake of making it 3-0. Erin Christie made it 4-0 and South Africa was in the lead at the end of the quarter. A carbon copy of the opening goal saw Jean-Leigh du Toit double her tally for the game and give South Africa a 5-goal advantage.
Kenya played with tremendous effort but South Africa kept adding to the score line. Jean-Leigh du Toit scored her first international hat-trick for South Africa.
South Africa made a clean sweep on the night thumping Kenya 15-0 and thus making it South Africa’s second biggest victory in Commonwealth Games history (16-0 vs Trinidad and Tobago in 2014).
The victory gives South Africa a chance of qualifying for the medal rounds if they can win and win big against New Zealand on Thursday.
Photo 1 Caption: The SA Women’s Hockey team underlined their dominance on the African continent with a 15-0 win over Kenya at the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Tuesday, 2 August. Photo: SA Hockey (Twitter)