Chile scored through Francisca Vidaurre via a penalty corner in the ninth minute to lead 1-0 at half-time before adding another in the 49th after another long spell defending their goals when a fast breakout brought a brilliant save by replacement keeper Hanli Hattingh but lively Manuela
Urroz roofed the rebound in spectacular fashion
The revved-up Chileans have tied the series 1-1 after SA won the first Test 4-2 last week.
SA certainly had passages of excellent play in both attack and defence but it was not enough to make a difference on the day.
It sets up a fascinating third Test Monday at 5pm, while the fourth and final Test is Tuesday at 6.30pm.
The Ireland men’s short, sharp passing in confined areas led to goals from Michael Darling in the 19th minute and Alan Sothern in the 22nd for a 2-0 lead at half-time.
The determined South Africans, boosted by their vociferous fans, fought their way back into the game and penalty corner strikes in the 40th by Jethro Eustice and Brandon Panther in the 57th - three minutes from the end – sets up a thriller at Hartleyvale in Monday’s 7pm second and final Test. At Stellenbosch University Monday, the Dutch and Belgian men meet at 3pm.
There were passages of brilliant goalkeeping by all four South African keepers in Sunday’s Tests – and SA men’s replacement keeper Gowan Jones proved the point that on some occasions the last line of defence does indeed play a major role in the final outcome.
The mammoth Cape Town Summer series ends on February 2 at Hartleyvale.