SA men book spot in semis
SA men celebrate (Photo: LU VALLIATI)
Johannesburg - The South Africa men's hockey team is through to the semi-finals of the World League to be held in Malaysia in June.
The South Africans trounced Chile 6-1 in the final round of the World League Round 2 tournament in Brazil on Tuesday, in what was a winner-takes-all clash.
Miguel da Graca put South Africa in lead in the fourth minute, 26 miuntes later, Matt Guise-Brown scored the team's second goal with Jonty Robinson scoring the third just before the half stroke, putting South Africa 3-0 up at half time.
After the resumption South Africa got in three shots at goal before Da Graca intercepted a back pass and drilled it into the backboard to make it 4-0.
Chile won two penalty corners as they fought to get back into the game and Alexis Berczely deflected a wayward pass in at the far post after 47 minutes to make it 4-1.
Eggers came close for Chile before Lloyd Norris-Jones went on a solo run from the halfway line and his sheer pace and deadly finish buried the South Americans for good, with 12 minutes left in the match to make it 5-1.
In the 67th minute Norris-Jones made it 6-1 to ensure South Africa's place in the semi-finals of the World League.