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Host nation South Africa were denied progress from Pool B. In their bid to pip fellow Africans to the qualification berth, the highest ranked team on the continent – South Africa were thrashed by the Red lions of Belgium 9-1. The defeat put Egypt into the quarter finals with South Africa facing Japan in the 9th and 10th place match. Die Homanas of Germany finished top of Pool B with a 2-0 win over Irelands Green Machine who themselves finished 3rd to ensure qualification.


In Pool A, the Red Sticks of Spain beat New Zealands black Sticks by 4-3 in what was dubbed match of the day. Already qualified, the Red Sticks knew that a loss would mean surrendering 2nd spot to New Zealand  hence leaving no stone unturned. World Champions capped a fine performance beating Japan by 7-2. The kookaburras proved tough for the Samurais cementing their place as Pool winners. France secured the last qualification berth with a 4th place finish.


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