Olympic Games London 2012
London, Great Britain - July 30 - 11, 2012

RSA V GBR ( Pool A ) Olympic Games London 2012

2 - 2

Match Review RSA - GBR 2-2


Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
GBR 14 7 JACKSON Ashley PC 0 - 1
RSA 60 5 SMITH Austin PC 1 - 1
RSA 64 1 ROBINSON Jonathan FG 2 - 1
GBR 68 7 JACKSON Ashley FG 2 - 2


Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
RSA 19 5 SMITH Austin G
RSA 41 3 CRONJE Andrew G
GBR 59 12 CLARKE Jonty G


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 IGGO Nigel
Umpire 2 VAN EERT Roel
Reserve Umpire BLASCH Christian
Judge 1 CORNOFSKY Larry
Judge 2 de SALES Claudius
Technical Officer McCRACKEN Jason

Great Britain and South Africa’s closing ten minutes ran the gamut of emotions, providing enough entertainment to make up from an otherwise scrappy encounter to leave honours even. Ashley Jackson’s first half goal had the hosts ahead for much of the game but a response from Austin Smith and Johnny Robinson’s cracking low drive in the closing stages almost pulled off the biggest shock of the men’s competition to date. But a controversial late goal, credited to Jackson, brought the game back to 2-2 after a pulsating close. 

Jackson provided the highlights of a low-key first half, his most notable contribution an excellent rising drag-flick into the roof of the net. He won the 14th minute corner himself with a piercing drive into the circle and he had Britain’s two other shots of note. The first he aerialled over, the other was a drag-flick, which Rassie Pieterse did well to palm away.

For South Africa’s part, Thornton McDade nipped in to steal from Ben Hawes’ miscontrol but he was unable to find a route to goal with seconds left on the clock before the interval. For the most part, Britain could not find the flow that marked their opening win over Argentina as the Africans played a compact game that shrivelled the space available. They began to show more intent as time wore on and, from their only corner while Jonty Clarke was in the sin bin, Smith stepped up to make it a real contest. Robinson bullied his way into space from the left edge for a thunderous lead goal, putting the raucous Riverbank crowd on tenterhooks.

British attacks became fraught and the South African defence desperate as they attempted to withstand a barrage. This stepped over with the replacement of James Fair for an extra outfield player and it paid dividends within seconds. Richard Smith’s angled ball into the mixer took a couple of deflections, one which Roel van Eert saw coming from Jackson’s stick. It certainly also hit a South African foot. They argued it hit Jackson’s back stick but the umpire’s referral showed nothing conclusive to rule out the goal.

And they might have won it with a final second penalty corner but Pieterse did well to block Jackson’s hat-trick bid. It provided a thrilling end to Barry Middleton’s 100th game in a British jersey as his side stay second in the group rankings while South Africa have their first point of the competition.

  • Match 10
  • Date Wed, 1 Aug 2012
  • Time 16:00
  • Pool/Class Pool A
  • Venue

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