Looking at Tuesday’s late matches at the Oi Stadium, one sensed that Canada and South Africa were going to be no push overs against two of world hockey’s powerhouses.
And so it proved.
The scorelines may not have justified the outcomes – Belgium beating South Africa 9-4 and Holland edging Canada 4-2 – but spirit shone through for Pool B’s bottom nations.
Arthur Van Doren, got his 200th cap in the hammering of South Africa, but this was another madcap match, the Red Lions 7-3 to the good at half-time, while the Cassiem brothers had another fine day with three goals between them.
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