Cape Town - A determined South Africa women’s hockey team fought back in the second half, but were undone by world number four Australia in the third and final Test, going down 4-1 at Hartleyvale Stadium on Saturday.
The result meant the three-Test series ended in a 1-1 draw.
The result dashed South Africa’s chances of a rare series win over the Australians, with the first Test having ended in a 3-3 midweek draw, before the hosts beat their visitors in Friday’s memorable 1-0 victory.
The match was won and lost in the first half as South Africa headed into the break trailing 2-0, before Shelley Russell scored the only goal for the home side 16 minutes from the end, as Australia kept South Africa at bay.
Next up for South Africa is a six-Test series Belgium, starting on Sunday.