South Africa men miss out on Commonwealth hockey bronze

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Hosts: Birmingham Dates: 28 July to 8 August
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England's men earned a third successive Commonwealth Games hockey bronze medal as they beat South Africa 6-3 in a thrilling match in Birmingham.

Australia have now won all seven men's golds in Commonwealth history after adding another title to their collection by beating India 7-0.

An exciting second quarter in England's bronze-medal match ended 3-3.

England's Phil Roper scored twice in the second half and Zach Wallace's late penalty stroke sealed victory.

The match sprang to life in the second quarter as South Africa - seeking a first Commonwealth hockey medal - took the lead when Matthew Guise-Brown landed the ball in the top-right corner.

England equalised almost immediately with an impressive individual effort from Rhys Smith, before South Africa moved ahead again through Mustapha Cassiem.

The hosts were not behind for long thanks to Liam Ansell's superb long-range hit.

They took the lead for the first time as Sam Ward scored off a penalty corner, but South Africa's Nqobile Ntuli levelled things in the final minute of the second quarter.

In the second half, Roper hit the ball into the bottom-right corner on the run, before he scrabbled to get the ball across the line to put England 5-3 up.

Captain Wallace gave England an unassailable three-goal lead, adding another medal to the gold won by the women's side on Sunday.

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