South Africa

SA water polo women sink at world champs

2015-07-31 13:01
Water Polo (Getty Images)

Cape Town - The South African women's water polo team at the Fina World Championship in Kazan, Russia have had a tournament best forgotten.

In their three Pool B matches the team scored six goals - and conceded an astonishing 61.

The team opened their campaign with a 22-1 defeat against the Netherlands, before going down 19-1 to Australia. South Africa concluded their world championships with a 20-4 loss to Greece.

South Africa finished bottom of their group and will face off against New Zealand to determine who finishes where in the 13th to 16th bracket.

South Africa's women's water polo team has competed at three previous world championships, finishing 16th in 2009 and 15th in both 2011 and 2013.

Meanwhile, the South African men's side has fared slightly better than their compatriots, scoring 17 goals and conceding 37 in their Group C matches.

The men's side opened with a 10-6 win over Argentina before crashing to defeats against Hungary (17-4) and Kazakhstan (13-4).

The men's side will in all likelihood face Australia in the playoffs, with the winner of that match progressing to a quarter0finals showdown with Greece.

The SA men's water polo side has competed in six previous world championships, finishing 15th in 1995, 14th in 1998, 15th in 2005, 14th in 2007, 16th in 2011 and 15th in 2013.

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