Purbrook ace helps GB

Great Britain escaped with a 2-2 draw against South Africa
Great Britain escaped with a 2-2 draw against South Africa
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Richard Smith helped Great Britain men’s hockey team escape with a late 2-2 draw against South Africa in their second match of the tournament.

The defender, from Purbrook, set up the crucial equaliser to save the hosts’ blushes.

Having taken the lead through Ashley Jackson’s penalty corner, Britain were staring at a defeat two minutes from time, only for the East Grinstead midfielder to pop up with the slightest of touches to equalise with his second of the match.

Even then it required a video review to ensure the 24-year-old had actually deflected in Smith’s driven cross.

While a point may be something of a disappointment against the lowest-ranked side in the tournamen, the fact they were able to snatch a draw - having briefly withdrawn goalkeeper James Fair in order to gain numerical outfield supremacy - was significant.

Britain are back in action on Friday when they take on Pakistan (4pm).