South Africa won the test match in the Private Property Summer Series at Hartleyvale by 8-1. The home team is ranked 11th in the world so a victory over 17th placed Scotland might for some be a given, but it was the total domination in three quarters of play that showed the South African superiority.
The first quarter was like a war of attrition and there was nothing separating the two teams after 15 minutes. When Dirkie Chamberlain got the scoreboard ticking in the 18th minute though, there was no stopping Nicolene Terblanche and her team. Goals by Candice Manual and Tarryn Glasby followed before halftime to make the score 3-0 in the favour of the home team. It was Glasby’s first goal for her country in only her second test match. She made her debut on Wednesday against Scotland in the first match of the series of three against Scotland.
Lisa-Marie Deetlefs, Chamberlain (penalty), Nicole Walraven, Tanya Britz and Tony Marks also scored goals to ensure a dominating victory.
It is not like Scotland had no chances to score, but the visitors could find no way through the South African defensive wall. They had a handful of penalty corners – at one stage three in a row – and it was thanks to one of these that they finally got on the scoreboard when Rebecca Condie scored with less than 20 seconds left in the match.
While the South African defence with Deetlefs leading the charge was rock solid, the Scottish defence looked shaky against the attacking prowess of Chamberlain and company.
The last match in the series against Scotland is on Sunday at 18:00. The Private Property Summer Series will come to an end with two tests against Germany on Friday and Saturday at Bishops and Stellenbosch respectively.