Handed their third straight defeat, the national men’s hockey team were outclassed by New Zealand on Sunday, taking a 6-0 hiding in their penultimate match of the group stages at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
The Proteas were placed on the back foot shortly after the opening whistle, with Kane Russell giving the New Zealanders a 1-0 lead from a penalty corner in the fourth minute.
While they again tried to stand firm in defence, and managed to push forward on attack in the second chukka, the South Africans conceded three more goals in quick succession.
Russell netted his brace from another penalty corner, and Jared Panchia gave New Zealand a 3-0 advantage less than two minutes later, before Nic Woods scored their fourth from another set-piece.
Despite keeping a clean sheet in the third period, the SA team were unable to narrow the gap, and George Muir and Nick Ross scored in open play in the final stanza.
South Africa, a largely amateur team, were left stranded at the bottom of Pool A, as the only team in their group without a point.
They were set to face Canada in their last group match on Wednesday.