Harmanpreet Singh scored four goals in India's 10-2 rout of South Africa ©Getty Images

Men's Olympic bronze medallists India recovered from yesterday's surprise defeat to France by thrashing South Africa on their own turf in the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Pro League.

The 10-2 scoreline in India's favour at the University of North West Astro in Potchefstroom was a repeat of their victory over the same opponents on Wednesday (February 9), and kept them fourth with a third win from four outings this season.

Daniel Bell put South Africa into a shock lead, but goals from Harmanpreet Singh and Varun Kumar had India in front by the end of the first quarter.

India hit a further five goals without reply to take a 7-1 advantage, with Shilanand Lakra scoring twice, Mandeep Singh and Sumit once and Harmanpreet Singh adding to his tally.

Connor Beauchamp pulled one back for South Africa, but Shamsher Singh made it 8-2 before Harmanpreet Singh grabbed his third and fourth goals of the contest with two late strikes from penalty corners.

France failed to follow up their impressive win yesterday as they were beaten 5-1 by The Netherlands in Potchefstroom.

Jasper Brinkman netted once and Thierry Brinkman twice to put the Dutch 3-0 up early into the third quarter, before Amaury Bellenger got the French off the mark.

A hat-trick from Agustina Gorzelany helped Argentina to turn around their women's FIH Pro League contest against Belgium ©Getty Images
A hat-trick from Agustina Gorzelany helped Argentina to turn around their women's FIH Pro League contest against Belgium ©Getty Images

However, it failed to mark a revival as The Netherlands clinched a fourth win from six matches with goals from Jorrit Croon and Jip Janssen.

Elsewhere at the National Centre of High Performance Athletics in Buenos Aires, current men's Pro League and Olympic champions Belgium bounced back from a surprise defeat yesterday against Argentina, to claim a 2-0 win over the same opponents.

Alexander Hendrickx, on 15 minutes, and Loick Luypaert, on 55 minutes, scored through penalty corners for the Red Lions.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this season's standings will be decided by points percentage.

The Netherlands currently sit third with 88.89 per cent, with India third with 75 and Belgium in fourth on 55.56.

England top the standings on 100 per cent, but have only played two matches, whereas The Netherlands and Belgium have both played six.

In the women's FIH Pro League, last year's runners-up and Olympic silver medallists Argentina repeated yesterday's 3-1 victory over Belgium in Buenos Aires.

Lucie Breyne fired Belgium into an 11th minute lead which they held until midway through the third quarter, but a terrific hat-trick from Agustina Gorzelany proved decisive for Argentina.

Argentina stay second in the season's standings, with Belgium fourth after two wins from six.