SA women beaten by Australia

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SA_Aus_hockey Gavin Withers / Action Pix (From left) South Africans Kathleen Taylor, Sulette Damons and Dirkie Chamberlain hold off a challenge from Australia's Jayde Taylor. Picture: Gavin Withers / Action Pix / Supplied

Johannesburg – 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 in Cape Town 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. – Sapa

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