SA beat Belgium in Champions Challenge

Updated: 25 February 2007 07:37 IST

South Africa beat Belgium on Tuesday to keep themselves on course for a place in the final of the Champions Challenge Hockey tournament.

SA beat Belgium in Champions Challenge

Kuala Lumpur:

South Africa struggled to a 1-0 win against Belgium on Tuesday to keep themselves on course for a place in the final of the Champions Challenge Hockey tournament.The winners scored through Bruce Jacobs in the 51st minute off a field attempt. The victory put South Africa in the second spot behind Malaysia with seven points from four matches. Argentina are in third place with six points while India are placed fourth on four points. For the Belgians, their run of defeats continued as they are now the only team without a point in the tournament.In the extremely humid conditions, it was a listless affair but for South African coach Rob Pullen the win was all-important. "We had to win to stay in touch with the leaders. Hopefully the other teams will crumble under pressure and hand the advantage to us. If India beat Japan then we will be in the play-offs at the very least. Who knows with some luck we can make the final," Pullen said. The final is to be played on Sunday. The winners of this tournament will qualify for the Champions Trophy 2002 in Cologne, Germany. (PTI)



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