|March 4th, 2010|
|13||Pool B||4:30pm||RSA - AUS||0 - 12 (0 - 5)||Final|
The first game of the day was between South Africa and Australia, a first in World Cup history. The last time these teams met was at the 2008 Olympic Games, when Australia crushed South Africa (10-0), and the last time the African Champions won over the Kookaburras was at the 1998 Commonwealth Games (3-2). Australia opened the competition with a loss to England (2-3) but came back to beat India (5-2), while South Africa were still chasing their first point.
As in their first two games, South Africa started strongly and forced the first penalty-corner, but Justin REID-ROSS’ low drag flick was countered by runner Kiel BROWN. Australia were quickly in the driver’s seat, earning a penalty-corner by Jamie DWYER, at the origin and conclusion of a vast attacking move that swept the whole field. But the Kookaburras’ routines are not tuned yet ad they could not produced anything. Brendon BOTES in the South African goal saved his team with a desperate dive to push away a ball that was rolling agonizingly slowly on the goal line.
The game was very open, with some spectacular shots at both ends, but it is finally on a penalty-corner that Australia scored in the 15th minute by Luke DOERNER. They added one goal soon after by Glenn TURNER, left with an easy tap-in in the empty goal after a solitary counter-attack by Jamie DWYER ripped apart the South African defense. There was now constant trouble in the South African circle and Desmond ABBOTT added a third goal when he pounced on a loose ball, turned around and slotted a reverse-stick shot high out of reach of Brendon BOTES.
The South African keeper was left on his own a few minutes later to face three Kookaburras, but he managed to protect his goal. Luke DOERNER and Fergus KAVANAGH added penalty-corners and things were really looking bleak for the South Africans going into the break (0-5).
The African Champions tried hard at the beginning of second period but their cause soon became desperate when Matthew BUTTURINI added a sixth goal by cleverly beating Brendon BOTES and Luke DOERNER completed his hat-trick of penalty-corners in the 49th minute. The rout continued relentlessly, to end up with a final score of 12:0, the highest margin in World Cup history, with Luke DOERNER ending up with 4 goals.
Match facts (South Africa v. Australia):
> The Kookaburras recorded the biggest ever win in World Cup history beating South Africa 12-0.
> The biggest World Cup winning margin till today was 9 goals.
> Australia also equalled Pakistan’s 28-year-old World Cup record for most goals scored in a match by a single team (12).
> In 1982 Pakistan defeated New Zealand 12-3.
> At the 2008 Olympic Games, Australia had crushed South Africa 10-0.