Habana 'his own worst enemy'

2011-10-01 14:51

Auckland - Springbok wing ace Bryan Habana is his own worst enemy, according to his coach Peter de Villiers, by trying to please everybody.

Habana has increasingly come under criticism for a perceived drop in form, despite becoming the holder of the record for the most tries by a Springbok, when he broke Joost van der Westhuizen's long-standing record against Namibia.

The former IRB Player of the Year is one of international rugby's most popular players, and therein lies the problem, says de Villiers.

"Bryan is his own enemy. He tries so hard. He wants to satisfy everybody and I think he tweets too much," he said.

"People tweet back and that bothers him a lot. So he wants to please everybody out there and the one guy he misses is the guy in the middle."

"I said to him 'if you can't satisfy you, you'll never satisfy me and if you don't satisfy me you'll lose your spot in the game.'"

Habana extended his try scoring record to 40 in the Springboks final pool match against Samoa before coming off injured.

The Bok management have released a statement confirming the winger's injury, but had not ruled him out of the Springboks quarterfinal clash.


  • Kuppy - 2011-10-01 14:56

    I must admit this is the first time i agree with PDiv.

      Master debat - 2011-10-01 15:20

      Every pic you see of him he has a phone in hand busy tweeting.. hehe self image problem there Bryan.

      Boks4life - 2011-10-01 15:30

      @ Master Debat do you have one picture of him tweeting ?

      Master debat - 2011-10-01 18:34

      @ Boks4life

      adrian.strydom - 2011-10-02 04:33

      ermmm...Master debat...he was taking a photo...not 'tweeting.' There is a bit of a difference. Read the caption to the pic you refer to (if you can). You say 'every' picture ? Please post some more !

      Figuerro - 2011-10-02 11:12

      Habana, like most other players of the wrong rugby-playing race like Chilliboy, John Mametsa, Ashwin Willemse frequently find that they have to bash the bodies and play at 150% of the ability to please the white rugby fans. Which is why it comes to pass that a guy like Habana is not enjoying his rugby and feels that he has to score a try everytime he gets the ball. Check the reaction should a black / coloured player drop the ball in an attacking move and check the reaction when a white player like Danie Rossouw who frequently drops the ball and it gets accepted by the fans as a genuine error. Makes you think, doesn't it ???

      The Hock - 2011-10-03 10:46

      @Figuerro - would have to disagree with that. Fans have also been extremely hard on players like Fourie du Preez and JdV who appear slightly out of form. It's less to do with player's race and more to do with expectation. We expect a lot from Habana because we know how great he can be, and when he is slightly off-form we become irrationally upset about it. Also, I know a lot of white people who can't stand Danie Rossouw, and I suppose I have an irrational dislike for Ruan Pienaar - people are weird and public opinion sways with the times. We can just try to be positive and work past the ridiculous, and support the team as a whole because they're still the Bokke and we have a lot to be proud of!!

  • Boks4life - 2011-10-01 15:54

    Habana , like lambie or pietersen are GOOD or GREAT if you give them the ball as we did against fiji and Namibia ....Unfortunately , I dont know what it wasnt the case against samoa ...Morne Steyn ?

      RandomDude - 2011-10-01 19:10

      no because we played Rugby and Samoa was trying to turn it into a MMA fight.

  • Robert Hurn - 2011-10-01 17:09

    agree totally - Go Habana and enjoy the game. Dont try just enjoy. Forget about the public. You have shown your colours being a professional. After all it is just a game. Have fun bro.

  • theprodigy - 2011-10-01 17:40

    Just play the best you can Brian, don't worry about the rest, it will come, you could be the difference between coming home without the Web Ellis or coming home as the 1st ever side to defend the title. As long as you get some ball fed to you (if Morne Steyn will stop his aimless up & unders) & you don't just focus on the intercept (great when it works, terrible when it doesn't), you will perform...We need you Brian, just focus, this is a must win world cup, we can't let the All Brats have it all their way.

  • Boy Louw - 2011-10-01 19:45

    It's not a 'perceived' drop in form, it's there for the whole world to see! Another one who thinks he has become bigger than the game...

  • Kaapie - 2011-10-01 19:59

    This oke is 'kleinsierig'. I have watched him warm up in beautiful Cape weather with long tights, long Vest and a beanie. Whenever he gets tackled always a bit of dramatics. FFS this is a contact sport, he needs to grow up and stay off twitter

  • Rory Blake Taylor - 2011-10-01 22:26

    brian got himself a fat head after winning the last WC, and since then he has lived on a reputation, he's done sweet FA for the past four years other than make a poepol of himself, take the coaches advice focus on your game not your tweet factory.. wake up dude you can play if you grow up !!, get the grumpy look off your face and FOCUS !!!

  • Miracle5Alive - 2011-10-01 22:49

    Not being part of his life makes it unfair to comment, but Bryan definitely tries too hard to make things happen, esp. around the fringes and intercept tries. The result: he's dispositioned to fulfil his defense duties, and the opponents score.

  • John Jameson - 2011-10-02 06:10

    Habana, if you are out there reading these comments on Sport24, get the hell off the net before you suffer a nervous breakdown.

      May - 2011-10-02 08:26

      I met Habana once and found him to be a very humble and pleasant person ....... Armchair critics!!!

  • Superdude - 2011-10-02 11:24

    "I said to him 'if you can't satisfy you, you'll never satisfy me and if you don't satisfy me you'll lose your spot in the game.'" - Sounds like George W Bush's shame on you shame on your spew.

  • Qball - 2011-10-02 12:23

    Granted Bootman 38 odd tries up until 2 years ago, and since then 2 odd. Bottom line he's not worth his position on the field, there are others who can do better. He's out of form, for whatever reason, and should be dropped. Playing out of form players will cost us the RWC. BTW: If you don't see the antics, then my pointing them out will make no difference. Cheers bud.

      Bootman - 2011-10-02 14:50

      Thought so.......

      The Hock - 2011-10-03 10:55

      I'm actually with Bootman on this one. Habana works hard, scored an important try against Samoa, and has been a great strategic wing lately. He's looking better and better every week and I'm also not sure what antics you're referring to.

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