Olympic champions Germany defeated South Africa 7-2 on Wednesday night in the first of three Test matches at Hartleyvale Hockey Stadium in Cape Town.
Mats Grambusch opened the scoring with a field goal in the eighth minute and Pierre de Voux equalised for SA in the 12th. Another Grambusch goal in the 15th restored Germany’s lead and Oskar Deecke scored in the same minute for Germany to go 3-1 up.
A field goal in the 20th by Christopher Ruhr and captain Martin Haner’s penalty corner in the 26th left the half-time score 5-1.
After half-time Lloyd Norris-Jones pulled one back for SA in the 39th minute but Florian Fuchs’ brace of field goals in the 44th and 56th minutes cemented Germany’s 7-2 win.
SA umpires Sean Rapaport and Riaan Osman issued one (green) card during the game.
The second Test is at 7pm Friday.
SOUTH AFRICA (starting): Lance Louw, Wade Paton (capt), Andrew Cronje, Lloyd Madsen, Lloyd Norris-Jones, Matt Botha, Craig Haley, Jacques le Roux (GK), Lungi Tsolekile, Clive Terwin, Francois Pretorius.
Rolling subs: Nick Spooner (12th minute), Nick Gonsalves (10th), Robin Jones (16th), Pierre de Voux (11th), Owen Mvimbi (10th), Geowynne Gamiet (11th), Gowan Jones (GK, 36th min).
GERMANY (starting): Linus Butt, Martin Haner (capt), Oskar Deecke, Christopher Wesley, Tobias Hauke, Jan-Phillip Rabente, Benjamin Wess, Florian Fuchs, Thilo Stralkowski, Lukas Windfeder, Tim Jessulat (GK).
Rolling subs: Tom Mieling (7th minute), Tobias Matania (7th), Mats Grambusch (6th), Moritz Polk (7th), Christopher Ruhr (7th), Martin Zwicker (7th), Nicolas Jacobi (GK).
Umpires: Sean Rapaport (SA), Riaan Osman (SA).
SA vs Germany at Hartleyvale
1st Test: SA 2 Germany 7
2nd Test, 7pm Friday
3rd Test, 4pm Saturday
Tickets – adults R40; children (age 4-18) R10; family (2 adults, 2 children) R70; series ticket (per person) R80
Gates open: 1 hour prior to start time