CWG: South African women deny India a hockey medal

Glasgow: The South African women's hockey team ended India's hopes of a medal yesterday by beating them 3-2.

Action from yesterday's India vs SA women's hockey match in Glasgow
Action from yesterday's India vs SA women's hockey match in Glasgow 

The Indian women failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the women's hockey competition finishing third (behind toppers New Zealand and SA) in their group as a result.

South Africa scored through Tarryn Bright (14th minute), Dirkie Chamberlain (35th) and Illse Davids (54th), while Jaspreet Kaur (34th) and Rani Rampal (59th) were the goal getters for India.

Meanwhile, the Indian men's hockey team will look for an outright win against South Africa in their final group match today, even though a draw is enough to seal their semi-final spot.

Better goal difference
Going into tomorrow's crucial match, both India and South Africa have six points from two wins apiece but the Sardar Singh-led side occupy the second position behind Australia in Group A on account of better goal difference.

Last edition's silver medallist India have a goal difference of plus four as against South Africa's zero, and the coach Terry Walsh's boys are fully aware that a draw is be more than enough for them to make it to the knockout stage of the quadrennial event.

India will be high on confidence going into today's match especially after their impressive performance against reigning Commonwealth Games gold medallists and world champions Australia.

India put up a valiant fight before going down 2-4 against the mighty Australia, who blanked them 0-8 in the final of the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games.

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