Investec London Cup - South Africa v Scotland

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South Africa took their first win of the tournament with a narrow victory over Scotland

South Africa 3 (2)
Austin Smith 17 (PC)
Wade Paton 19 (FG)
Jean-Pierre de Voux 43 (FG)

Scotland 2 (0)
Dan Coultas 45 (PS)
Wei Adams 48 (FG)

The final game in the round robin for these two teams saw South Africa and Scotland each searching for their first win of the tournament. Scotland had the added incentive of a win today giving them a chance of making Sunday's final.

Scotland started the brighter as Nicky Parkes found space to shoot in the sixth minute, his effort striking the post. Scotland continued to have the better attacking possession during the early exchanges, but it was South Africa that broke the deadlock through a fine Austin Smith drag-flick from a penalty corner. They doubled their lead soon after through Wade Paton, and had further chances including Jean-Pierre De Voux hitting the post of Scotland's goal.

De Voux eventually found the back of the net with a simple tap-in in the second half, which seemed to have put the game beyond Scotland, but when Dan Coultas fired home from the penalty spot and three minutes later Wei Adams added to Scotland's tally with a stunning effort, it looked as though Scotland would push on to equalise. However, South Africa, led by Captain Austin Smith in defence, stood strong in the final 20 minutes and held on for the win to take their first three points.

Jean-Pierre de Voux said after the game: “We’re glad to get the win. Winning is something we always look forward to. I think we’ve picked up a few things from playing Scotland. It’s nice to play them before the Commonwealth Games because they’re our opening game, so we can figure each other out a little bit.”