PETALING JAYA: South Africa sounded a warning to Malaysia when they hammered Chile 5-1 to notch their first win in Group A in the Junior Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar, India.
Idrees Abdulla and Peter Jarvis gave the South Africans a comfortable lead in the seventh and 36th minutes before Chile pulled one back through a penalty corner from Agustin Amoroso in the 38th minute.
Cameron Forestier, however, restored the advantage for South Africa through a field goal in the 42nd minute and three minutes later, Jacques van Tonder completed the action-packed third quarter with a penalty corner conversion.
Forestier flicked in his second goal in the 59th minute to wrap up their commanding rout over the South American champions.
South Africa were beaten 1-5 by 2016 runners-up Belgium earlier.
They will play Malaysia today in their final Group A fixture to decide who will join Belgium in the quarter-finals.
Chile are destined for the classification rounds as yesterday’s defeat was their second after losing 1-2 to Malaysia on Wednesday.
“It feels good to get our first win and we managed to apply what we’ve been practising in training,” said Forestier, who won the man-of-the-match award.
“Now we look forward to playing Malaysia and we hope to come out on top again.”
France continued their sparkling form by beating Poland 7-1 to put them firmly on top in Group B. It is their second straight win after beating hosts India on Wednesday.
Defending champions India bounced back by trouncing Canada 13-1 for their first win in Group B.