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Habana impresses in new role

2012-02-13 08:59

Gavin Rich - SuperSport

Johannesburg - Springbok wing Bryan Habana appeared to impress his coach Allister Coetzee in his new role of outside centre in the DHL Stormers’ 38-13 win over the Kings in a Super Rugby warm-up fixture in Port Elizabeth at the weekend.

Habana was tried in the No13 jersey as another Springbok, Juan de Jongh, who is expected to be the Stormers first choice outside centre this year, was out with an injury (sore jaw). According to reports on the game, the Stormers impressed on attack against a Kings team determined to tackle them to a standstill, and Habana fitted in well in the midfield.

Coetzee said that Habana combined well with skipper Jean de Villiers and made a couple of telling contributions on attack that made him look the part.

“I am very happy with how he played. He just made one defensive lapse, from which they scored, but it was in the last minute of the game,” said Coetzee.

However that may have been understandable as it does take time to get used to the defensive requirements at outside centre, a position which is a crucial part of the Stormers’ defensive system.

“The good thing was his form on attack. He was really penetrative and he ran good lines in the midfield, and is a good option to use there should we need to call on him during the Super Rugby season.”

The Stormers were held in the first half but turned on their attacking game in the second as they sharpened their play in the final dress-rehearsal before the opening Super Rugby fixture against the Hurricanes at Newlands on 25 February.

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Comments
  • Shane - 2012-02-13 09:13

    Anything would impress a coach with such low standards.

      ruan.geldenhuys - 2012-02-13 09:18

      get a live man!! i can just imagine how low your standars are!!!

      ruan.geldenhuys - 2012-02-13 09:18

      get a live man!! i can just imagine how low your standars are!!!

      Shane - 2012-02-13 09:23

      It's get a 'life'. Good effort, though.

      Shane - 2012-02-13 09:23

      It's get a 'life'. Good effort, though.

      Christie - 2012-02-13 09:25

      Not so low to support the Capetonians.

      Christie - 2012-02-13 09:25

      Not so low to support the Capetonians.

      ruan.geldenhuys - 2012-02-13 09:32

      @Shame, it does not matter if i spell incorrect, the fact of the matter is still that you should get a LIFE!!!!!!!

      ruan.geldenhuys - 2012-02-13 09:32

      @Shame, it does not matter if i spell incorrect, the fact of the matter is still that you should get a LIFE!!!!!!!

      Craig - 2012-02-13 09:39

      @Shane seems like your 'psychological' studies taught you nothing about predjudice and judgement, because this has to do with his players' positional play and how he feels about it, not him as a person! Oh, and was it not these "low standards" that got them to be the highest ranking SA team last year?

      Craig - 2012-02-13 09:39

      @Shane seems like your 'psychological' studies taught you nothing about predjudice and judgement, because this has to do with his players' positional play and how he feels about it, not him as a person! Oh, and was it not these "low standards" that got them to be the highest ranking SA team last year?

      Shane - 2012-02-13 09:49

      See Craig, now THAT is sad. The once mighty rugby union who now settles for being the 'top ranked' SA team without winning cups.

      Shane - 2012-02-13 09:49

      See Craig, now THAT is sad. The once mighty rugby union who now settles for being the 'top ranked' SA team without winning cups.

      Shaun Robinson - 2012-02-13 09:56

      @Shane - Your mother's got low standards...

      Shaun Robinson - 2012-02-13 09:56

      @Shane - Your mother's got low standards...

      Shane - 2012-02-13 10:02

      Shaun, I was wondering why you didn't use your face on your profile pick, then I saw. Smart move.

      Shane - 2012-02-13 10:02

      Shaun, I was wondering why you didn't use your face on your profile pick, then I saw. Smart move.

      Saffa - 2012-02-13 10:20

      Oh dear rugby stars @Shane......and you are a forensic psychologist? By my reckoning, you exhibit tendencies more associated with the type of 'patient' you would work with? Oh well, you know what they about standing to close to the edge of the abyss and all that.......

      Saffa - 2012-02-13 10:20

      Oh dear rugby stars @Shane......and you are a forensic psychologist? By my reckoning, you exhibit tendencies more associated with the type of 'patient' you would work with? Oh well, you know what they about standing to close to the edge of the abyss and all that.......

      Shane - 2012-02-13 10:24

      Wow Mill, I'm disappointed.

      Shane - 2012-02-13 10:24

      Wow Mill, I'm disappointed.

      Shistirrer - 2012-02-13 10:29

      @Shane, why the disgusted look on your profile pic? Were you watching a Bulls game when it was taken?

      Shistirrer - 2012-02-13 10:29

      @Shane, why the disgusted look on your profile pic? Were you watching a Bulls game when it was taken?

      Saffa - 2012-02-13 10:29

      Look on the other thread!!!! @Dozey :)I read your comments there and THEN the lights went on :) Hahahahahaha. Once I clicked on the Facebook profile - BINGO :)

      Saffa - 2012-02-13 10:29

      Look on the other thread!!!! @Dozey :)I read your comments there and THEN the lights went on :) Hahahahahaha. Once I clicked on the Facebook profile - BINGO :)

      Shane - 2012-02-13 11:03

      @Saffa :-)

      Shane - 2012-02-13 11:03

      @Saffa :-)

      Stanley - 2012-02-13 12:05

      i think you will be a great coach

      Stanley - 2012-02-13 12:05

      i think you will be a great coach

      Stanley - 2012-02-13 12:10

      There is know doubt in my mind that stormers are going to do well

      Stanley - 2012-02-13 12:10

      There is know doubt in my mind that stormers are going to do well

  • Vincent - 2012-02-13 09:15

    He made his Curry Cup debut at centre playing for the Lions, so what is so new about this role?

      Chris - 2012-02-13 09:20

      That was in 2004. He's never been tested and proven at centre.

      Chris - 2012-02-13 09:20

      That was in 2004. He's never been tested and proven at centre.

      ruan.geldenhuys - 2012-02-13 09:26

      @chris, so that's why they gave him a chance, have you ever thought about that?

      ruan.geldenhuys - 2012-02-13 09:26

      @chris, so that's why they gave him a chance, have you ever thought about that?

  • marcus.daily3 - 2012-02-13 09:24

    So you sell J. Sadie and move Bruno to 13? I know J. Fourie tossed the middle finger to WP, leaving them a bit short on centre court, but still.....Bruno? #CadreDeployment.

      xabanisas - 2012-02-13 09:39

      Cadre Deployment? I'm not a rabid Habana fan, but surely he's earned a little more respect than that through his career? Must be nice not being black in rugby, because whenever you get a place in the team it's always 100% deserved, whereas these black okes are just being shunted into the team by their mates. And by the way, ask Frikkie Welsh what he thought of Bryan as a centre back in 2004...

      xabanisas - 2012-02-13 09:39

      Cadre Deployment? I'm not a rabid Habana fan, but surely he's earned a little more respect than that through his career? Must be nice not being black in rugby, because whenever you get a place in the team it's always 100% deserved, whereas these black okes are just being shunted into the team by their mates. And by the way, ask Frikkie Welsh what he thought of Bryan as a centre back in 2004...

      steyts - 2012-02-13 09:43

      He won't play centre... J de Jongh will play with somebody ese as his back-up. Banana will only play there when they have 7 injuries or more at centre, hopefully!

      steyts - 2012-02-13 09:43

      He won't play centre... J de Jongh will play with somebody ese as his back-up. Banana will only play there when they have 7 injuries or more at centre, hopefully!

  • Herman - 2012-02-13 09:25

    Well, he has to start playing rugby again....somewhere

  • Terence Craig Berry - 2012-02-13 09:26

    He 'impressed' against the Kings...?

      Marius - 2012-02-13 12:02

      Wonder which game Allister Coetzee watched. The try scored through Habana's channel was 10 minutes into the game , not the last minute. He did get a yellow for a high tackle about 5 minutes from full time though . I don't know if that is the defensive lapse he is talking about. He also looked very ordinary on the attack. If Coetzee thinks the experiment was a success he is delusional.

      Marius - 2012-02-13 12:02

      Wonder which game Allister Coetzee watched. The try scored through Habana's channel was 10 minutes into the game , not the last minute. He did get a yellow for a high tackle about 5 minutes from full time though . I don't know if that is the defensive lapse he is talking about. He also looked very ordinary on the attack. If Coetzee thinks the experiment was a success he is delusional.

  • steyts - 2012-02-13 09:40

    The Kings are useless. Play him on centre against the sharks or the bulls and then you can really say if he impresses anyone at centre. But, you probably won't experiment in that way against a big side. WP JOU LEKKE DING!!!

  • Christie - 2012-02-13 09:46

    One defensive lapse ... from which they scored. Remember the defensive lapse of John Smit from which the All Blacks scored last year? That cost us the game.

      Stanley - 2012-02-13 12:15

      look like you have the wrong job

      Stanley - 2012-02-13 12:15

      look like you have the wrong job

  • Jacques - 2012-02-13 09:51

    AC het verseker nie die hele 80min gekyk nie, want Habana het n below par game gehad, hy het een goeie pass weggekry wat aan Joe Pietersen n drie gegee het. Jean de Villiers het hom laat goed lyk en so ook die res van die span. Harde werk le vir Habana voor. Die Kings het ook goeie spel gelewer en ek hoop hul het n paar goeie dinge geleer in die wedstryd, hulle moet net leer om 80min rugby te speel.

      Matt - 2012-02-13 10:16

      Goeie ene Jacques. Kings het meeste mense verbaas Saterdag. Dink egter nie die probleem is 80min speel nie - Kings het hele paar ouens kan gegee teen einde van game (wat nie slegte idee was nie), maar dit het die verdediging bietjie ontwrig. Hulle moes egter van die ouens kans gee om te speel. Help nie hulle is op "trial periods" by Kings en hulle kry nie game time nie.

      Matt - 2012-02-13 10:16

      Goeie ene Jacques. Kings het meeste mense verbaas Saterdag. Dink egter nie die probleem is 80min speel nie - Kings het hele paar ouens kan gegee teen einde van game (wat nie slegte idee was nie), maar dit het die verdediging bietjie ontwrig. Hulle moes egter van die ouens kans gee om te speel. Help nie hulle is op "trial periods" by Kings en hulle kry nie game time nie.

  • Schalk - 2012-02-13 10:08

    Shane, Ruan - grow up, act your age and not your mentality!

      ruan.geldenhuys - 2012-02-13 10:17

      @schalk..sjoe!!!!!!!!and that's big words for a small boy like you!!!

      ruan.geldenhuys - 2012-02-13 10:17

      @schalk..sjoe!!!!!!!!and that's big words for a small boy like you!!!

  • malcz11 - 2012-02-13 15:20

    ALL you habana haters need to vokof if you guys have so much to say then why arnt you professional playerss?? i bet ya'll just fat low life trolls that has nothing better to do <3 habana my idol

      Hoo - 2012-02-13 17:03

      @mal- toemaar mal, hou jou habana pajamas aan. di ouens trek net jou tieties. habana is nogsteeds di beste reserwe vleuel in di weepee o/13 meisies netbal span...hoop ek??

      Hoo - 2012-02-13 17:03

      @mal- toemaar mal, hou jou habana pajamas aan. di ouens trek net jou tieties. habana is nogsteeds di beste reserwe vleuel in di weepee o/13 meisies netbal span...hoop ek??

      Shane - 2012-02-13 17:32

      We don't get paid millions of rands a year to suck at what we do.

      Shane - 2012-02-13 17:32

      We don't get paid millions of rands a year to suck at what we do.

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-02-13 21:02

      Wahahahahaha.... I think I just wet my pants a little bit.... Defensive much ? You are lucky Dozer and the boys didn't catch you post :)

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-02-13 21:02

      Wahahahahaha.... I think I just wet my pants a little bit.... Defensive much ? You are lucky Dozer and the boys didn't catch you post :)

      Shane - 2012-02-13 21:22

      What you on about?

      Shane - 2012-02-13 21:22

      What you on about?

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