Div happy to see Habana back

2011-09-22 18:01

Albany - Springbok Coach Peter de Villiers was happy to see winger Bryan Habana back on the field after Habana finally became South Africa's all-time leading try-scorer with one of the Springboks' 12 tries in their 87-0 rout of Namibia at the World Cup on Thursday.

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"Bryan brings a lot of energy to the team, he's a bundle of energetic spirit that we need there. I'm happy to give him a run again and see that he's over his injuries," he said.

Habana is now looking forward to South Africa's remaining pool game against the physical Samoans at North Harbour next Friday.

"The Samoa team is determined to knock us over. We are going to have our work cut out for us," he said.

"We have to go to work on all the positives and we have to see where we went wrong and negate those."

"I think if you arrive in New Zealand and you do not have a feeling you can win it and you do not have the belief within the team that you can win it, then you do not deserve to be here."

Habana crossed in the 22nd minute of the Pool D match at North Harbour for his 39th try in 72 matches.

The former IRB World Player of the Year had gone 11 Tests without scoring before finally claiming Joost van der Westhuizen's previous record of 38 tries in 89 Tests.

Habana's last try was against Italy at Witbank in June last year.

But the left winger was modest among the post-match accolades and he preferred to concentrate on South Africa's crushing team performance.

"Records are great to get but without my coaching staff and team-mates it would never have been possible," he said.

"When you have try-scorers from one to 22 it makes for a great performance."

Habana showed a clean pair of heels when he swooped on a great cut-out pass from lock Danie Rossouw and sprinted away from the Namibian cover defence.

"We were never concerned as in a game like this there is much more to lose than gain," Habana said of only the Springboks' second match against their largely amateur African neighbours.

"In the first half we struggled with the turnovers and made too many mistakes. In the second half we performed a lot better," he said.

Habana took a few crunching blows during the match, the first time he handled the ball he was shaken by a Jacques Burger tackle in only the fifth minute but showed plenty of resolve to battle on before he was replaced with 20 minutes left.

It was Habana's first match back in the tournament after returning from a knee injury that forced him out of the Springboks' 49-3 win over Fiji in Wellington last Saturday.

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  • marco - 2011-09-22 18:11

    Some pundits reckon Habana's body language tonight showed that he didn't look like he wanted to be there and play tonight.The reason given being that he comes off his line far to often and to quick than most as a winger,and that is wrong.That lead to two forward passes from Lambie and someone else to Habana.Granted the try he scored was a brilliant effort,I'll give him credit for that,but stll looking at his overall demeanor on display on the pitch today reflects his changed attitude from the same player we saw at the 2007 World Cup.Or maybe some rugby pundits are reading to much into it.

      Dan - 2011-09-22 18:32

      Generally again better opposition, the opposition exploit the fact that Habana can't keep his defensive line and they play him like a rabbit. Even in the Super 15 the teams actually directed all play towards Habana's corner. It make you think, doesn't it. 2 or 3 years ago they kept play away from him and now thay actually take the play to him. Only DIV doesn't realize it.

      burtfred - 2011-09-22 19:00

      Hey Marco, Bone up on your grammar and spelling before waxing philosophical. Blog rule - don't post when pissed or if just plain dof.

      Boy Louw - 2011-09-22 19:43

      His try a brilliant effort? John Smit could have scored that try, Boet!

      anfield - 2011-09-22 21:29

      @bertfred. ignore the fool, if he couldn't get the gist of what you were writing, then i suggest he's the one who's pissed

      Warslat - 2011-09-22 22:34

      @ Burtfred, marco's grammar is fine and 3 spelling mistakes are hardly anything to get worked-up about. Relax man, it looks like to me like you're ignoring your own blog rule "don't post when pissed or if just plain dof".

      jaco - 2011-09-22 23:23

      I always thought that Habana was very lucky to keep his place. He is not the player he used to be and the sooner the matter is rectified the better for the team

      RandomDude - 2011-09-23 04:01

      @burtfred, Blog rule - No grammar nazis allowed ... best lay off other people's grammar & spelling , someone may decide to expose you .

  • Richard - 2011-09-22 18:17

    Go Jaque Fourie. Get that try record! You have more skill than Habana ever had.

      Boy Louw - 2011-09-22 19:53

      Agree. Habana has been one of the most over-rated players ever in SA. He never had the skills to justify the fuss some people made about him.

      Yoni - 2011-09-22 20:10

      True, it's no miracle for Gibmedat-Banana to break the record against these amateurs. It's akin to let the high school first team play against a nursery school.

      daspoort - 2011-09-22 20:31

      Ja you bunch of whoosies. Overrated....whahaha. He has gotten older and slower, but on his day he was the best. How on earth can a "overrated" player equal Jonah Lomu's try record in a World Cup?? Boy Louw, you are a disgrace to use the legend Boy Louw's name and post such crap. You are not even worthy to be the real Boy Louw's scrotum hair.

      RandomDude - 2011-09-23 04:05

      His record shows he was not over-rated ..he lost the plot when he moved to the Stormers .. very strange

      Frans Smith - 2011-09-23 16:49

      Habana can only score if their is an open try line. He could not beat a dustbin. Players like Gio Aplon looks like scoring in every game he plays (defence a bit suspect), de Jongh, hougaardt comes on and scores in seconds/minutes? These are players that are gamebreakers. It took Habana 15 months to get a brilliant pass from Danie and to score with a opne try line. Ask yourself; would he be picked for the NZ, Aussie, England, Wales, Ireland or French side? NEVER! Sadly, like some other players, he is beyond just bad form now. Someone else should have had the caps that he is being credited with.

  • TrippiZee - 2011-09-22 18:28

    I cant help but notice how the game changed in the last 20 when Habanna went off and Hougaard went to wing. Him and Frans Steyn,who excel in breaking the line of defence and creating openings, along with Jaque Fourie make for a VERY dangerous backline. Giving Habanna his due, he is no longer the brilliance he once was, Snorre should think with his head, not heart, we are here to win

      odysseus - 2011-09-22 18:37

      can't help agree with you 100%. Hougaard is just brilliant at wrong-footing the opposition. Our trio of impact players should be given much more game time in crunch games, and we will have to wait and see if this is the case... in terms of form and current skill, they are head and shoulders above the players they are replacing...

      Bull Terrier - 2011-09-22 21:51

      TZ, have to agree. Never met the guy but I am sure Bryan Habana is a nice, even brilliant guy. He has done some brilliant and amazing things in SA Rugby. But if P Divvy wants to talk "energy", surely Francois "ex-mullet" Hougaard showed he is a "nuclear power station" right now!

      FunkyPow - 2011-09-23 00:33

      My only wish is that PDV reads your comments, you on the money!! Hougard was devastating and his handling speed makes him the most exciting player since Brent Russel

  • dachshund118 - 2011-09-22 18:56

    Well done Bryan! But watch out... I think Francois Hougaard will beat that record very soon!!! He's a super genius!

      TrippiZee - 2011-09-22 19:03

      lol, lets hope so. Imagine what he can do in a full 80min on wing..

  • FM150 - 2011-09-22 19:02

    Yeah wow, you just cant measure a mans performance when you play agains real amateurs! I mean these guys play second class club games. Habana is done and dusted for. Time for a change, i gave him my chance, but two try's in two years and that agains Italy and Namibia just dont cut it!

      TrippiZee - 2011-09-22 19:12

      Well he's got his record now, time to step down and do more sanex ads :P

  • Ntokozo - 2011-09-22 19:14

    Well done Bokke!!

  • Carl Muller - 2011-09-22 19:28

    The BEST!!!!!!!!!! He is always looking for work. And he makes things happen. AND THE GUYS does not pass the ball the him. Even today Burger with him on the left side passed the ball to the right............... And when he was in a corner he kicked it through to follow up.... HE IS THE BEST!!!!!!!

  • rosemarie - 2011-09-22 19:38

    OK time to go home now

      FJ2 - 2011-09-22 20:04

      Then why don't you?

  • daspoort - 2011-09-22 21:03

    The BIGGEST JOKE in rugby....the world record for most international tries ever is held by...(drumroll).....Daisuke Ohata of Japan. He scored 69 tries in 58 matches, including 8 tries against World Rugby Greats C Taipei???

  • Phillip Carlisle - 2011-09-22 22:28

    Burtfred? The blog police? any rugby input? Get off this blog if you the spelling ref. Habana over runs passes, good point.

  • capp - 2011-09-23 00:10

    Never doubted Bryan his work rate is great and his defence is solid

  • RuggaLova - 2011-09-23 02:37

    Guys the whole team tried for the first about 20 minutes to try to get the ball to Habana so that he can get this goat off his back. This lead to opportunities early on being missed by the team to play as a team and score earlier and faster, The fact that Schalk and Danie kept interfering in the backline cost us many opportunities to show how good our backline actually is. If they keep on staying away form the breakdowns, is keeps on creating problems for any scrunhalf to get a fast frontfoot ball for the backline to try various things and not just storm into the opposing players to try to see if you can bust through them. That is the same problem that Wynand Olivier has shown in the past two to three years and the funny thing is that he is fact enough to try to beat his oponent on both the inside or outside. Neither Mannetjies Roux or Danie Gerber or Eben Olivier tried to ru through their opponents, tey always beat them either on the inside or outside, Another gripe I have is that we must get our flyhalves to learn when to kick behind teh opposition and when to run the ball. We are killing some players with the amount of running that we are attempting form our own goalline and we have both Steyns, Jacue Fourie and both scrumhalves that can kick the ball when we are deep into our own territory. The only players we have with enough acceleration power is Geo Aplon and JP Pieterson who can run and beat the opposition with sheer acceleration from their own territory.

  • Cole - 2011-09-23 07:18

    habana scores 1 try in 11 matches and now div recons habana is back???

  • Boxxer - 2011-09-23 07:43

    Lol, anyone looks good when playing against a weaker team.

  • popeye - 2011-09-23 08:32

    A SRUMHALF played better on WING then the overrated Habana.

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