If these two sides are to meet again at the Tokyo Olympics, who knows the psychological effect on the Dutch after the world No.1 came up against their toughest test yet at the Oi Hockey Stadium.
Holland were indebted to a first-half Frederique Matla penalty stroke in a tough 1-0 victory, thanks to a resolute performance from Maddie Hinch (12 saves) and the physical presence of Sarah Jones during Britain’s battling display.
“It is huge to have the best keeper in the world in the net,” Jones said of Hinch. “You have that belief when she is between the posts. It was an inspired performance.”
Yet, for all the defensive qualities GB possess, it is incisive circle penetration and final third quality which remains lacking.
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Britain play Ireland next on Saturday at 12:45 UK time. A point would be enough for GB.