Olympic champions Germany lived to their billing spanking 12th ranked South Africa in the first match of the three Test series at the Hartleyvale Hockey Stadium in Cape Town. The Germans, who toppled by Australia as the world’s number one side recently, dictated the terms from the starting hooter and went ahead through Mats Grambusch in the 8th minute.
The home fans got excited when South Africa Pierre de Voux evened things up four minutes later. Germany did not let South Africa to up its ante after the equalizer goal and poured out in attacks scoring twice in one minute to make the scoreline 3-1. Mats Grambusch added his second goal in the 15th minute before Oskar Deecke, who skipped the 2nd Hero Hockey India League after playing in the inaugural edition for Delhi Waveriders, scored to put his side in a robust position.
Highly talented Christopher Ruhr made it 4-1 in the 20th minute before skipper Martin Haner converted a penalty corner to lead his side to a 5-1 lead at half-time. South Africa had their backs to the wall going into the second half, but their hopes were lifted when Lloyd Norris-Jones scored early in the second half.
Germany were unperturbed by that goal and struck twice through Florian Fuchs to clinch a lop-sided win. Both teams will now feature in back-to-back second and third Tests on Friday and Saturday.