Date: November 19, 2007

Aussies downed, Argentina claims honours

Australia suffered a surprise loss to South Africa on the final day of the Southern Cross Cup in Argentina, but the result was inconsequential to the outcome of the tornament which was won by the hosts. After a strong win over New Zealand on Saturday, Australia had to defeat South Africa and hope the Kiwis could surprise Argentina to be any hope of returning with the silverware. But a masterful performance by the home side prevented any final day twists and turns. Argentina went about their business in ruthless style, dispatching New Zealand 4-1 to claim overall honours. While the Kiwis were able to come out of the morning foursomes with a split, Argentina ensured an undefeated tournament by winning three and halving one of the afternoon singles contests. The 2007 event marked the first occasion that a team other than Australia or New Zealand had won the biennial tournament. Final Standings: 1st – Argentina 2 contests, 12 matches 2nd – South Africa 1 contests, 9 matches 3rd – Australia 1 contest, 7 matches 4th – New Zealand 1 contest, 6 matches