Cape Town - Experienced South African defender Rhett
Halkett is relishing the opportunity of playing against Olympic champions
Germany in a three-Test series in Cape Town at the end of the month.
Halkett has played 131 Test matches
for South Africa and faced the world’s best teams and strikers.
“I made my debut against Germany and have played them on numerous occasions,”
Halkett said Monday.
“They are a very well organised team with world-class
“Germany are defensively sound and very good in one-versus-one situations both
in defence and offence. They have efficient ball and game control in
combination with the ability to attack at speed from anywhere.”
For Halkett, competing and testing his ability against the best in the world is
what drives him on. “These upcoming
Tests will be no different. The German league is the toughest European league I
have played in to date.”
The Capetonian said the fans can expect slick, exciting hockey with an exceptionally high
skill level, while they will also be able to witness strong defensive
“Well, to be honest, when you have won the last two Olympic gold medals,
everyone in your team has the potential to be dangerously effective,” Halkett
said of the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games champs.
“Personally, I am feeling good. We had a good summer series at the end of
January and we managed to secure some good results against three Rio Olympic
teams, but playing Germany is always different.”
Goalkeepers: Gowan Jones (KZN Raiders), Rassie
Pieterse Southern Gauteng)
Defenders: Dylan Swanepoel, Daniel Bell, Rhett Halkett (Western Province),
Tyson Dlungwana (SA U21), Mohamed Mea (KZN Raiders), Gareth Heyns (Southern
Midfielders: Dan Sibbald, Tim Drummond (KZN
Raiders), Charlie Bowren, Ryan Julius (SA U21), Reza Rosenberg, Miguel da Graca
(Southern Gauteng), Wade Paton (Western Province)
Forwards: Pierre de Voux, Lloyd Norris-Jones,
Keenan Horne (Western Province) Bili Ntuli, Tevin Kok, Ryan Crowe (SA U21),
Ross Hetem (KZN Raiders), Stephen Cant (Northern Blues)