Game 12 (M): 13:30, Group D, SOUTH AFRICA 8 GERMANY 16
Quarters: 2-3, 2-4, 1-4, 3-5
Referees: Mihailo CIRIC (SRB), Adrian ALEXANDRESCU (ROU)
Extra Man: RSA: 5/5. GER: 6/7
Pen: RSA: 1/1
SOUTH AFRICA: Grant BELCHER, Pat McCARTHY, Jared WINGATE, Wesley BOHATA, Bevan MANSON (1), Jason KYTE (3), Gavin KYTE, Ryan BELL (3), Gareth SAMUEL, Donn STEWART (1), Adam KAJEE, Nicholas MOLYNEUX, Matthew KEMP. Head Coach: Brad ROWE.
GERMANY: Alexander TCHIGIR, Florian NAROSKA, Fabian SCHROEDTER, Julian REAL, Marko STAMM (1), Marc POLITZE (1), Erik BUKOWSKI, (1) Paul SCHUELER (4), Tobias KREUZMANN (2), Moritz OELER (5), Andreas SCHLOTTERBECK (2), Dennis EIDNER, Roger KONG. Head Coach: Hagen STAMM.
OELER placed himself to the forefront with five goals as Germany overcame early jitters to pull away from South Africa and post a respectable score.
Germany got better and better as the game went on but it was OELER who enjoyed the festival atmosphere of the match. He scored in each of the first two quarters, twice in the third and pulled down a high rebound on the one-metre line in the fourth when his team was far in front. His best goal was when he received a long diagonal pass from back inside Germany’s half, to catch and score in one motion. South Africa may have gone two down early but Jason KYTE, MANSON and STEWART had the game squared early in the second quarter. MANSON’s goal was exceptional as he twisted around his defender when Germany went on attack, stole the ball, shook off the defender again and lobbed the goalkeeper. While OELER was everywhere, SCHUELER was just as capable with two from the top and a strong centre-forward goal to close Germany’s scoring. BELL, who plays professionally in Spain, converted the only penalty of the game in the last minute.