Habana in race against time

2011-09-06 07:38

Cape Town - Springbok wing Bryan Habana is struggling with a slight hamstring injury which could rule him out of their Rugby World Cup opener against Wales.

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According to Die Burger newspaper, Habana did not take part in the Boks' field training session at Rugby League Park in Wellington on Monday.

Francois Hougaard practiced on the left wing and will start in that position against Wales if Habana fails to recover.

The injury does not seem to be too serious, as Habana ran without any discomfort next to the training field on Monday. He sustained the injury in practice last week in Johannesburg before South Africa boarded for New Zealand.

Habana is currently the joint-record holder of the most Springboks tries (38), which he shares with Joost van der Westhuizen, and has a good chance of becoming the sole holder of that record in the coming weeks.

The Stormers wing was, however, skeptical when asked by Die Burger if he could break the record against the Welsh, which indicates he might miss the game on Sunday.

"I though I would have broken the record a long time ago, but first I have to be picked and if that's the case I would like to contribute in a positive manner - whether on the attack, defence or through my workrate," said Habana.

Bok coach Peter de Villiers will announce his side on Friday.

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  • Tools1 - 2011-09-06 07:47

    This is starting to concern me a bit first Bakkies then Matfield and now Habana are we toying with the oposition coach or are we in a bit of shi....?

      Walter - 2011-09-06 08:19

      Yes, this thought crossed my mind too! Is it a strategy to make "the enemy" believe that we're carrying a whole lot of injuries? Wouldn't be surprised if Victor, Bakkies and Brian all started and are as fit as a fiddle.

      Netherlander - 2011-09-06 08:41

      Looks like things are "LOOKING UP" in the Welsh Camp! All they need is a win... Unless it is a ploy to give the Welsh a false sense of comfort? Will have to wait 'n see!!!!!

      TheMagician - 2011-09-06 09:07

      hope he stays injured because hougaard is a better wing and attacking player anyway. we need to scrore tries and habana is not a natural try scorer any more

      Jay - 2011-09-06 13:00

      @Magicman................did you seriously just say Hougaard is a better wing than Habana???? WOW im stumped...................really?

  • Bulldozer - 2011-09-06 08:03

    Francois Hougaard is better in any case.

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-06 08:38

      11 'Thumbs up' & no 'thumbs down'. Wtf?

      Jenny - 2011-09-06 09:05

      But I bet while habana was playing for the Bulls you were his biggest fan, typical.

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-06 09:34

      Jenny, I was a big fan. Then he left for Province and his form took a massive dip (that's no secret). Now go back to the kitchen and finish the dishes.

      Jenny - 2011-09-06 09:41

      NO you are getting it wrong, his form took a massive dip from after the 2007 world cup, (that is no secret) when did he leave the Bulls?

      Ant - 2011-09-06 09:56

      B - Bloody U - Ugly L - Little L - Loser, D - Dumb O - Obese Z- Zero E - Education R - Retard

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-06 10:36

      Jenny tomato potato, whatever, he's a has been and I'm not the only one who feels that way. Ant, seriously? How long did it take you to come up with that?

      GraemeBB - 2011-09-06 12:15

      I Loved Habana when he played for the Bulls. There is no doubt that he left his form in Pretoria. @Ant - how old are you bud?

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-06 12:33

      Graeme, my kids used to come up with stuff like that when they were about 8-10 years old. By the way Jenny, Bryan regained his form after 2008 to have a pretty good Super14 in 2009, where he scored 2 tries in the final. Remember that? Probably not.

  • Anneleen - 2011-09-06 08:07

    Come on Habana, your team and country needs you...! So that you can go on and score your record try! Sterkte vir jou herstel!

      kosie - 2011-09-06 12:50

      habana must not score a try, because joost needs to hold that record with him because before long joost won't be able to hold anything....

      Jay - 2011-09-06 13:03

      Kosie your comment lacks not only breeding but any for of respect and humanity. Do us all a favor, pull your bottom lip over your head and doing this we might get lucky and have you removed from our gene pool.

  • Davearch - 2011-09-06 08:07

    Hougaard is the BEST wing in the country !!!

      Dan - 2011-09-06 08:38

      Don't no about that, but most certainly better than Habana. Habana is like Tiger, he lost it and ain't gonna get it back.

      Netherlander - 2011-09-06 08:44

      Now you PUSHING IT a bit..... with the "best wing" piece....

  • kiwiNZ - 2011-09-06 08:07

    Hmmm as I asked on a previous article..."so tell us about your teams weaknesses " We both know they have many" instead of focusing on what the AB's may or may not do this rwc. Looks like key players are not going to be available to stop the wales onslaught.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-06 09:17

      @KiwiNZ - oh we have weaknesses old chap...MENTAL STRENGTH isn't one of them.......might I suggest you concern yourself with Tonga and hoping like hell 3 of your key players aren't clotheslined on Friday. Thank-you.

  • Agrume - 2011-09-06 08:07

    Really news 24, race against time ????? ...... and then a few lines later , injury not that serious. Are you short of any news breaking stories or what?

  • Marcus Daily - 2011-09-06 08:10

    He has lost a bit of pace over the last year oh so, time should win this, easily.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-06 08:19

    Dear rugby gods - WTF are you masochistic hobbits doing? I will find you and hurt you......

      POLAR_BEAR - 2011-09-06 08:24

      SAFFA CAT - you previously expressed serious concern about what would happen if Victor were injured in this tournament. Let's just hope. For me the question is, how many players carrying injuries were taken to the RWC?

      Gazza69 - 2011-09-06 08:40

      I really hope P-Divvy didn't knowingly take injured players to the tournament.......! Very worrying....

      Marx - 2011-09-06 08:42

      This is either media hype or we are in trouble before the WC kicks off. My concern, we didn't start '07 with this dark injury cloud hanging over our heads, if we should lose Bakkies and Victor, well, we will be in serious trouble, we need at least one of them on the pitch. Hougaard is a brilliant rugby player, no worries there.

      Netherlander - 2011-09-06 08:50

      Just think... if they INCLUDED ANDRIES BEKKER in the team, there would be no worries regarding the HABANA POSITION.... because Bekker like old Bob Skinstadt of old, can ALWAYS be found in the backline, bar the Forwards Pack... A No 5, playing in position No. 12....????????

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-06 09:09

      @Polar-bear - Top of my worry list is an injury to either Victor, Jannie Dup, Brussow. I genuinely don't think Johan Muller is anywhere near the class of Matfield or the injured Bekker..... As for an injury to Jannie Dup or Brussow, I would probably put myself to sleep and wake up once the WC was over. The SCARY thing about all this injury that we haven't even taken to the field yet......Wales, Fiji and Samoa loom before we can even think about the knockouts.......Then again, apart from Bakkies (who does seem to be injured more often than not) this could be mind I see Wales are saying Stephen Jones is 'injured' and might not be starting etc etc. I wish the bloody tournament would start - as my nerves are CONDEMNED.

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  • Dan - 2011-09-06 08:36

    Yeh, he didn't contribute much during the past two seasons. Let's hope he regains some form otherwise Williams is going to make him look really stupid (again). The Bok players have been out of contact for several weeks now and why suddenly all these injuries. Are we injuring our own players with outdated training

  • BLAP - 2011-09-06 08:42

    Something stinks!!..seems there are way too many players that went to the World Cup with injuries. In Habanas case it's no great loss as a Prop will play better on the wing.

  • Roy - 2011-09-06 08:54

    Wow! First there was Matfield and Bakkies and now Matfield seems"OK". Now we have Habana who is struggling with a "slight" hamstring. Any guesses as to who is going to be next and will we have a fit team by the time we play our first game against Wales. How do we support a bunch of crocks ?

      jochem - 2011-09-06 09:04

      Next will be some prop with a hamstring niggle. Didn't know props had hamstrings, though.

  • Jenny - 2011-09-06 08:56

    And this is bad news?

      CliffB - 2011-09-06 09:11

      Jenny -Def is . Unless you have BLUE "FLOU NUL" Sunglasses ( Sour Grapes)

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-06 09:12

      Yes it is @Jenny. In case you have been hiding in a bunker for the last while, let me assist. We are going to the WC with a defensive game-plan, based on player work rate. Hougie is an awesome player, and would not let the team down....BUT: when it comes to work rate and defence, Habana is at this stage, the best we have. Simple really.

      Jenny - 2011-09-06 09:21

      Oh then we must have been watching different games, because the games i watch habana is slipping everywhere and knocking balls on, he cant even catch a ball that is being kicked into touch, and as for defence all the tries against us in the tri nations was because habana is floating around by the other teams backline waiting for an intercept and there is an overlap on the wing. And his work rate comes from the rucks where he shouldnt be anyways because he is so weak, he is just a padded power ranger. Similar to Earl Rose really

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-06 09:29

      @Jenny - read what you have written again, then swing your right arm back as farrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr as you can take it, then klap yourself in the jaw. All the tries in the Tri-Nations because of Habana? He played 2 games....and was defensively MASSIVE in both. I think you could find a replay of his defensive efforts against the AB's on youtube.....find it. (PS: did you watch the away leg at all, where Mvovo and Basson leaked more line breaks than coke sniffer with a weak nose?) No Jenny - your argument holds very little weight. Might I suggest you also look at the 1st up missed tackles by the Boks in the games Habana played.....du Preez, Spies, Smit etc etc missed essential 1st up tackles....this footage should also be on Youtube)

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-06 09:37

      Please guys, stop humouring Jenny until she's done all her chores.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-06 09:43

      @Lloyd - are they still chores if you get paid to do them?

      Felix - 2011-09-06 10:00

      Just fly Mvovo over.

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-06 10:38

      No SAFFA, but then you have to wait for her to take her tea break.

      GraemeBB - 2011-09-06 12:20

      Can Jenny please put her "klap" on youtube. It will be an instant "hit"!

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-06 12:37

      I think SAFFA-CAT, should klap her, then we have a CATfight. Gooi in some oil or mud and BINGO!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-06 12:52

      LOL @Lloyd and GraemeBB.

  • - 2011-09-06 09:21

    PDV is playing games here. Nothing wrong with Bakkies, Victor and Habana.

  • Peter - 2011-09-06 10:44

    Wing is the worst position to play. You look for work, but never get the ball. If you do, and make one mistake it's over and everyone questions your form. When Habana played for Bulls, while in form, the forwards would run with the ball into opponents and not pass it to Habana. One knock-on later his form is in question. No-one works harder on the field looking for work than Bryan. I hope he gets the chance to show his true class.

  • harry.booth - 2011-09-06 10:47

    Anyone who says Habana isn't needed has never played the game and must be watching the games with too many beers near by or stuffing your face with chips. The reason you dont see him scoring so many trys is because S.A dont pass the ball that far down the line. He is relentless in defense (countless try saving tackles, (when others have missed 1st time tackles). He will prove you wrong come the world cup.

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-06 11:04

      When last have you seen him catching a ball without fumbling?

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-06 11:38

      @Lloyd - when he played for the Stormers....he hasn't been received the ball yet when playing those 2 games for the Boks....

  • Johann - 2011-09-06 11:32

    Bakkies, Victor and then Habana gets added to a doubtful list of Boks. Is hier 'n slang in die gras??

      Christy - 2011-09-06 15:52

      Nee 'n stinkmuis hond.

  • AgPseDaddy - 2011-09-06 11:48

    Bryan Habana cant even race against his own shadow let alone against time!!!!!!!!

      GraemeBB - 2011-09-06 12:24

      I will bet Gazza's wife on it: you cant run away from your own shaddow iether. What a silly comment? And if the sun is at your back, you will lose. Who's your daddy??

  • Sakkie Van de Spuy - 2011-09-06 12:48

    I just laugh at some posts here. Habana is the best choice currently. His work rate and defence can not be matched by any wing currently. He has not lost from. The problem is, he plays in a different game plan (for the Stormers and WP), but statistics will show that he's workrate is far higher than any other wing. He does not determine when and how he will get the ball, this depends on his inside players etc. As for him making mistakes. Only a person that does nothing, does not make mistakes. He makes mistakes because he was trying to hard, instead of slowing down, he tried to force moves/or gaps. The last few months this did not work for him, but as everyhing in life, his wheel will turn and then the tries will come. As for him, "missing" tackles or creating overlaps...Please go watch the games again...The overlaps is created because of inside players (more importantly, a certain Morne Steyn, not defending his channel). This forces the openside flank and inside centre (sometimes even the scrumhalf and 8th man) to cover this channel, whihc by default creates an 2-3 man overlap wide. He has not option to either rush defence or try for the interception, either way, he will be crucified.

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-06 13:00

      Sakkie, is jy familie van Bryan? Dit klink so.

      Sakkie Van de Spuy - 2011-09-06 13:20

      Nee ek is nie familie nie. Ek ondersteun ook nie die stormers of WP as eerste keuse nie (hulle is 2de). Glo net, rugby het te veel faktore (wat alles in ag geneem moet word) voordat, jy n speler se spelpyl kritiseer.

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-06 13:39

      Ek respekteer jou opinie, maar 70% van ons op hierdie forum stem saam dat Bryan nie meer dieselfde speler is nie. Dis jammer om te sĂȘ maar dis waar.

      Sakkie Van de Spuy - 2011-09-06 13:57

      Sorry, but where do you get the 70% stats from? I see alot pro and against and then a few irrelevant posts. Additionally, honestly...the 30 people commenting on this site, does not reflect the majority of people in South Africa. From your avatar, I assume you are a Bulls supporter, therefore I can undestand your opinion regarding Habana, but that does not mean your opinion is the majority opinion. Furthermore...using your definition, I can state, that 100% of the current Springbok brain trust thinks Habana is the chosen one (right or wrong). And our opinions will not change that fact. Rather back the team, and the current players. Our support, might just be the needed key to unlock their potential, getting them to bring the cup back. (how is that for a soppy cliche).

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-06 14:23

      When I made my humble comment about Francois Hourgaard being better than Habana, 71% of all our friends gave me a .thumbs up'. This might be meaningless, but if you spend more time on this thread you will notice that I'm not a very well liked individual on this forum and normally my 'thumbs up/thumbs down' ratio is very negative. If I get numbers like 53/22 then you can be sure I've got something right. Talking with friends and colleagues who doesn't participate on this forum I get a similar vibe from everybody. I live in Cape Town so it's a whole lot of WP supporters who agree as well.

      Jenny - 2011-09-07 09:57

      @Bulldozer, you really take this forum seriously and put a lot of time, effort and thought into your comments, but the sad truth is nobody cares. You talk about having children but you act like a child yourself. Try spending your time on something constructive (If you can do anything constructive)

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