Day 4 Olympic Preview - GB v South Africa

GB men appluading london 2012

South Africa, Great Britain's next opponents in Pool A, are the lowest ranked men's side in the Olympic Games, placed at 12th.

Fixture: Great Britain v South Africa
Date and time: 01/08/12 - 16.00
Location: Riverbank Arena
Watch live on BBC: Olympics 12 (red button for Sky, Virgin and Freesat) 

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World Rankings
Great Britain #4
South Africa #12

Head to Head Record
Played: 9
Won: 4
Drawn: 4
Lost: 1
Goals For: 23
Goals Against: 13

Great Britain has only ever faced South Africa nine times, with their first head to head being played at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games, which GB won 2 - 0. At the most recent Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, GB again won 2 – 0 with James Tindall and Matt Daly netting for the side, a feat they will be hoping to repeat again today.  South Africa has only beaten Great Britain once in their history, winning 5 - 3 in February 2012, in a thrilling encounter.

Player to watch: Great Britain

London 2012 will be James’ second Olympic Games. Known around the world for his ability to score goals, James hit the target on his debut against the Netherlands in 2005 and has gone on to score in every major tournament he has been involved in since. Going into the Olympics, James has 187 international caps, scoring an incredible 77 goals. HeJames Tindall Olympics 2012 has been one of the most consistent members of the squad in recent years. James scored twice at the Olympic Test Event in May, including the opener in the bronze place play-off match against India, which Great Britain went on to win 2 – 1. Hopefully we will see James continuing to add to his impressive goals tally at the London 2012 Olympics. He didn't score on Monday in GB's 4 - 1 win over Argentina, but having netted against South Africa in the last Olympics (Beijing 2008), he will be looking to do this again today, and get his personal London 2012 goals tally underway.  

Player to watch: South Africa
We asked the GB team who they considered the players to watch are:Austin Smtih

Name: Austin Smith
Position: Centre half

Named as South African Player of the Year two consecutive times (2009 and 2010) and in the World All Star team in 2009, Smith is an extremely talented player. He is vital to the heart of the South African defence, where he demonstrates excellent leadership qualities.