Rugby World Cup 2011

Aplon to help Habana to record

2011-09-21 09:54
Gio Aplon (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Springbok wing Bryan Habana could receive help in crossing the whitewash to become the sole record try scorer for the national team.

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He has been included in the starting line-up to face Namibia, a team who has only ever treated the final whistle as the sound of relief at the RWC.

Therefore Habana’s chances are all the more likely that he will break his much publicised "drought" and rid himself of the proverbial primate seemingly weighing him down.

Though many, including Habana, may not have pictured Namibia and North Harbour Stadium to be the scene of his triumph, the potential boost he may receive out of the match may be timed perfectly to awaken one of RWC’s most dangerous weapons.

Habana’s cause will be aided by his team-mates at Western Province, namely Gio Aplon.

Aplon will make his RWC debut against their northern neighbours and although he is excited at the opportunity himself, he wants nothing more than for his fellow wing to score.

“I hope that Bryan’s sake that he can reach the milestone by scoring a try. It will be a highlight for the entire team. People forget so easily how hard Bryan has worked over the years and I hope it happens for him now,” Aplon told on Wednesday’s Die Burger.

Aplon will even sacrifice a debut try of his own if it means his mate can surpass Joost van der Westhuizen’s record of 38 tries, a record which Habana equalled against Italy last year.

“I will definitely do what Rayno Benjamin did in the Sevens!”

Benjamin unselfishly passed the ball to a team-mate inside the in-goal area instead of scoring the try himself during this year's IRB Seven's series, something Aplon did for Benjamin as well while the two were team-mates for Paul Treu’s side in 2008.

Furthermore, Habana will also reclaim the all-time leading South African try scoring record at the RWC after Jaque Fourie joined Habana on eight tries after scoring against Fiji.

Although Aplon has already played in 15 Tests, he has been reminded by captain John Smit of how to treat the occasion.

"John always says that you never know when it will be your last Test. I will approach this as my last chance to represent my country and to make a mark."

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