Team SA started the fourth day of competition at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, on Monday with a desire to boost their tally of six medals collected over the weekend.
SELECTED RESULTS ON MONDAY
(before the night session)
In Men’s Pool A, South Africa edged Scotland 5-4 in a very competitive and entertaining affair.
South Africa took an early lead via a fantastic strike by Dayaan Cassiem and were 2-0 up half-time.
But the Scots fought back and led 3-2 going into the final quarter.
However, South Africa scored two goals in the last four minutes through Matt Guise-Brown and Taine Paton to take the win.
The South Africans suffered their second loss in three matches when they were defeated 74-49 by title favourites Australia.
The Australians set the momentum and the South African team, led by Bongi Msomi, found themselves trailing throughout.
The two nations have met four times at Commonwealth Games and Australia are yet to lose a match against South Africa.
Q1 – Australia 19 – 11 South Africa
Q2 – Australia 40 – 24 South Africa
Q3 – Australia 56 – 37 South Africa
Q4 – Australia 40 – 24 South Africa
Women’s Fours, semi-finals: Johanna Snyman, Esme Kruger, Bridgit Calitz and Thabelo Muvhango beat Fiji 16-14. They came from 14-10 down with two ends to play and picked up three shots on the final end. They play for gold on Wednesday.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM DAY 3 ON SUNDAY
South Africa won two golds, one silver and one bronze.
Tatjana Schoenmaker retained her 200 m breaststroke crown, and South Africa won the men’s Rugby Sevens for gold.
Chad le Clos won a silver medal in the men’s 200 m butterfly and Kaylene Corbett claimed bronze in 200 m breaststroke.
Women’s All-Round final: Naveen Daries finished sixth with a combined score of 49,850. Caitlin Rooskrantz placed ninth.
Women’s Pool B: South Africa 0 Australia 5
Pool A: South Africa 91 Barbados 36
Final: South Africa 31 Fiji 7
The 2014 champions South Africa took the lead when Muller du Plessis scored wide out after a kick pass by Selvyn Davids and Shaun Williams converted.
JC Pretorius soon made it 12-0 with a try in the same corner. Williams then made it 17-0 after good work by Pretorius and headed into half-time with a commanding lead.
Du Plessis got his second try and Williams added the extras for a 24-0 lead with less than five minutes to go. Fiji got on the board with a try three minutes from time.
Mfundo Ndhlovu had the final say, though.
Women’s Playoff for 7th and 8th: South Africa 52-0 Sri Lanka.
SA ensured they finished seventh by recording their first win of the competition. It was a big one too. Having led 33-10 at half-time, they stretched away to win 52-0.
Men’s 200 m butterfly, final: Chad le Clos surged to the silver medal, being out-touched to a fourth successive gold by New Zealand’s Lewis Clareburt.
Le Clos went out in lane five to set a fast pace, leading by 0,40 sec at 50 m, by 0,33 at 100 m and 0,17 at 150 m. But just as he seemed to have shaken off James Guy, Clareburt, in lane four, came through strongly, and got to the wall first with his final stroke.
Men’s 50 m backstroke, semi-finals: Pieter Coetze won the second semi-final race in 24,81 with a powerful last 25 metres of the race. The South African teenager qualified fastest for the final.
Men’s 100 m breaststroke, final: Brenden Crawford finished eighth in 1:01,98. Gold went to England’s James Wilby in 59,25 seconds.
Men’s SB8 100 m breaststroke, final: Christian Sadie finished fifth in 1:22,14, with Joshua Willmer (NZ) taking gold in 1:14,12.
Women’s 200 m breaststroke, final: Tatjana Schoenmaker led from start to finish to win the gold medal in 2:21,92, with Kaylene Corbett taking the bronze with a 2:23,67 effort, finishing strongly to miss out on silver by 0,02 seconds.
Women’s 50 m freestyle, final: Emma Chelius finished fourth in 24,78, with Erin Gallagher eighth in 25,39. Australia had a 1-2-3 with Emma McKeon winning in 23,99.
Women’s 100 m backstroke, final: Rebecca Meder finished seventh in 1:02,06. Gold went to Australia’s Kaylee McKeown in a Games record 58,60.