The Hague: Malaysia were pushed to the bottom of the 12-nation Men`s Hockey World Cup after being hammered 6-2 by South Africa here on Thursday.
Justin Reid-Ross scored a hat-trick to boost South Africa in the play-off for the 11th position.
Malaysia opened the scoring with a field goal by Firhan Ashari in the 26th minute before Reid-Ross hit back in the second half, converting a penalty stroke in the 43rd minute.
Within five minutes, he had converted two penalty corners to complete his hat-trick. Lloyd Norris-Jones, captain Austin Smith and Jean-Pierre de Voux boosted South Africa with a goal each before Malaysia pulled one back in the last minute through Shahrun Abdullah.
Malaysia were playing in their first World Cup since hosting the event in 2002.