The national men’s and women’s hockey teams both delivered solid performances on Saturday, and while neither side picked up a win, their opponents were made to work hard.
Here’s how the Proteas fared in their second group matches at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Women: SA 1-1 Malaysia
Fighting back from a goal down, the South Africans picked up their first point of the tournament by securing a draw.
With the scores level at 0-0 at half-time, Nuraslinda Said put Malaysia in front eight minutes after the break.
Jade Mayne hit back shortly after the restart in the last chukka, however, to give the Proteas a respectable result.
The SA women will face Wales in their next group game on Monday.
Men: SA 0-4 Australia
Though they played with heart, South Africa were ultimately outclassed by the world champions.
With the Proteas doing well to hold off their fancied opponents for nearly half an hour, Trent Mitton broke the deadlock for Australia in the last minute before the half-time break.
In the third period, the Australians came out fighting, and while the South African defence continued to stand firm in an attempt to hold them off, Mitton netted his brace in the 39th minute.
Jeremy Edwards scored their third before the end of the penultimate period, and Aaron Kleinsch put the result beyond doubt four minutes into the final chukka.
The SA men will meet New Zealand in their next match on Sunday.