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Leonas triumph in Hockey World Cup opener, men lose

Silvina Delia of Argentina reacts during the Field Hockey World Cup match between South Africa and Argentina.
The Argentina women's hockey team, 'Las Leonas', enjoyed a winning start to their World Cup campaign as they took down South Africa 4-1, while the men's team went down to hosts the Netherlands in The Hague.

The Leonas were far better than their opponents, and that superiority was reflected in the scoreline as the team strolled to victory. Two penalty-corners from Silvina d'Ella, another from Noel Barrionuevo and a wonderful solo effort from Delfina Merino inside the area provided the goals for the reigning World Cup champions.

The Argentines will be hoping to repeat their success of 2010, when the side led by Luciana Aymar won the tournament on home turf in Rosario.

There was less cheer for the nation in the men's tournament. Argentina were downed 3-1 by the Netherlands, getting on the scoreboard through Gonzalo Peillat who briefly managed to level the game at 1-1.

'Los Leones' will try to get back on track this Tuesday, when they face Germany.
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