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Hockey Monday, 29 July, 2002, 14:50 GMT 15:50 UK
Springboks edge out Scots
Scotland's Rhona Simpson under pressure from South Africa's Melinda Vos
Simpson's first-half goal was not enough to secure victory
South Africa 4-1 Scotland

Scotland's valiant attempt to topple South Africa fell apart in one second-half minute as the Springboks overturned a half-time deficit to triumph.

Leading through Rhona Simpson's 10th-minute goal, the Scots conceded a penalty corner just after the interval and the ball was worked around the circle before an unmarked Johke Koornhof turned it in at the far post.

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I thought we did well in the first half - I honestly thought we would hold the game
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Scotland's Tracey Robb

Worse followed seconds later as Sophie Mayer burst down the right and crossed for Pietie Coetzee to put her side in front.

And when Coetzee slotted home from a scramble in the D and Jennifer Wilson fired home on the angle six minutes from time, the game was up for Scotland.

The result was purely academic as both sides were through to the play-off for the semi-final and Scotland now await the outcome of Pool 2 to find out whether they will face England, New Zealand or India.

It had looked promising for Scotland when, after just nine minutes, Great Britain forward Simpson collected a cross from the right and spun on the spot to send a reverse-stick shot past goalkeeper Caroline Birt.

Goalkeeper Tracey Robb was on top form to make three fabulous saves to protect her side's lead and afterwards expressed her disappointment that her side did not hold on.

"I thought we did well in the first half. I honestly thought we would hold the game," said Robb.

"I thought the South Africans looked exhausted at half-time. The heat did not really affect our legs, it's the concentration that goes first."

Finishing third in the group means that if Scotland win their cross-over match they will play Australia in the semi-final, having lost 3-0 to them in the opening group game.

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