Habana out of Fiji match

2011-09-14 06:20

Wellington - Springbok wing Bryan Habana has been ruled out of South Africa’s Rugby World Cup match against Fiji because of a knee injury, while lock Johann Muller is in a race against time after injuring his hamstring in training, team communications manager Andy Colquhoun confirmed on Wednesday.

"Bryan sustained a patellar tendon (knee) injury during last week’s match and will not be considered for selection," said Colquhoun.

While there should be no problem finding a suitable replacement for Habana, the real concern for the defending champions is in the second row where Muller has joined Victor Matfield (hamstring) and Bakkies Botha (foot) on the list of injured players.

Muller could not complete Tuesday’s training session and played no part in the team’s preparations the following day, thus further highlighting the crises the Boks are having at lock.

Springbok coach Peter De Villiers had previously said that he will call-up a replacement lock "sooner rather than later".

The reason why De Villiers had not yet made the call is because Botha has been able to practice with the team over the last two days.

On Wednesday the Bulls lock was able to run with the rest of the team.

As a final resort flank Willem Alberts could be asked to cover at lock which would open a place in the team for Francois Louw.

A decision on who will replace the injured Jean de Villiers also has to be made and early indications are that Juan de Jongh could earn his first World Cup cap on Saturday, that is if team management does not decide to give Frans Steyn a run at centre where he plays most of his rugby for French Club Racing Metro.

Butch James is another contender for the number 12 jersey as that is the position where he finished last week’s match against Wales.


  • waratawu - 2011-09-14 07:02

    Might be a blessing for now, good luck with your recovery Habana

      Amsterdammer - 2011-09-14 08:33

      YAHOO!!!!!!!!! Now Frans Steyn can slot into Center, and Lambie into Fullback!

      Johnny-BB - 2011-09-14 08:46

      ...good news indeed...!!! Hougaard no 11 .....and Butch at no 12....

      Mikea - 2011-09-14 08:59

      Agreed no lose. Hougaard is a much better player. I would also drop JP. But who to replace him???

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-09-14 09:07

      Johnny!........get outta here!....a constructive rugby comment!!!!

      Grey B - 2011-09-14 09:30

      Hip, hip, horaaaaaaay. Nothing Presonal Habana, just thinking of the team! Hope you get better quickly, but really wish someone else on wing makes a Statement!!!!!

      Mark Stevenson - 2011-09-14 09:44

      And so my prediction starts to come true. I said many of these players that were not 100% fit will end up injured within the first few weeks and then Div will be using that excuse for not winning the world cup. Then again, maybe this is the ONLY way we will win the world cup as most of these so called first team playesr are pass their best!

  • Renny Meere - 2011-09-14 07:03

    He wont be missed, not sure what his role in the team is, must be to rush the defense & try to intercept tries.

  • Marx - 2011-09-14 07:10

    Now Hougaard can start, we need a playmaker in this team and this guy make things happen, he doesn't wait for things to happen.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-14 07:38

      Read the news coming from NZ - apparently du Preez said Ndugane will be starting on the wing.

  • Renny Meere - 2011-09-14 07:15

    That's what happens when you take these old guys, they are just there to watch the rugby from the sidelines.

      Amsterdammer - 2011-09-14 10:10

      Also known a "BENCHWARMERS"

  • zim - 2011-09-14 07:20

    Speedy recovery Brian we gonna need you in knockout stages. The logical choices for PdV are to start Patrick Lambie at fullback, Francois H on the wing and Francois Steyn at centre Ruan Pienaar and Juan De Jong on the bench. Retain 5 forwards on the bench.

      Bellakanoose - 2011-09-14 09:17

      Are you on drugs? Habana is USELESS do you even watch properly!

  • gooinat - 2011-09-14 07:20

    He might be struggling on attack but nobody can complain about he's defensive efforts.Enjoy the rest.

      Phelan Wulf - 2011-09-14 07:28

      I cannot but disagree with you. How many of the high balls did he take? How many times did his team mates have to make tackles behind Mr. Hababna? No Sir, I think you need to watch the game again. But you know what is even Worse? His Friend Mr. Petersen on the other wing is even MORE useless!

      gooinat - 2011-09-14 07:40

      Wulf,maybe you should what the rerun of the SA vs NZ game at PE couple of weeks ago,Habana saved at least two certain tries with he's cover defence due to missed tackles by Pietersen and Du Preez.

      Johnny-BB - 2011-09-14 08:51

      ...Bryan Banana and Jean de Villiers = weak links in back line....

      Bellakanoose - 2011-09-14 09:19

      Are you also on drugs? He comes off his line with those stupid jumps ALL THE TIME! Leaving a gaping hole the size of his lips for the opposition to run through watch the game properly you moron!

  • Sakkie jacob - 2011-09-14 07:25

    now Aplon can start at wing Hougaard at scrumhalf ,JP will be next ,

  • Chief Kok - 2011-09-14 08:11

    Ag no man. I wanted Fiji to run him into pieces.

      gooinat - 2011-09-14 08:27

      Scared Habana is going to run circles against you in the semi's????

  • Jim - 2011-09-14 08:22

    With all due respect I didn't even know he was on the field in the first place.

  • unratedexter - 2011-09-14 08:22

    6: heinrich, 7: louw, 8: alberts, 9: hougaard, 10: lambie, 12: butch

      Zip23 - 2011-09-14 08:28


      DeonL - 2011-09-14 08:29

      We need a reliable kicker, Steyn was the only player that has a 100% record so far of all kickers in RWC. Steyn at 10.

  • caleb69 - 2011-09-14 08:27

    The only thing he thinks of on the field is that record breaking try. Hope it never happens cos your time has come to retire, no sorry you are 3 years overdue.

  • bill - 2011-09-14 08:31

    habana should not be on tour.He is way over the hill and can only pull faces and clown around on the wing.

  • Rooi gevaar - 2011-09-14 08:35

    Is this a loss?

  • Dan - 2011-09-14 08:39

    Two years ago this would have been a huge blow, currently it is a blessing.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-14 08:57

      Well we need a few more "blessings" then - Spies is No1.

      Dan - 2011-09-14 09:51

      I don't share your view on that one, but you are entitled to your opinion. Spies actually had a quite game, but actually did alot in the tight exchanges. Personally I would love to see him as the last 30min impact player - where he should be quite destructive. I think if we had a proper coach and a proper game plan, we could have used Spies much better. He was a brilliant player until they forced him into structures. The same happened to Skinstadt, Brent Russel, etc. The problem with Habanna is different. He is currently just totally clueless, running around like a headless chicken on the field - half the time I don't think he knows where is is going. He has a serious confidence problem (for the past two seasons in fact).

  • MJ - 2011-09-14 08:53

    By the time SA makes it to the play offs they'll be fielding that B team which they toured with in the Tri nations.

  • Buffalo - 2011-09-14 08:53

    Tonga lost to Canada - damn, there goes my Superbru standing! Steyn must stay at fullback - the space gives that small brain of his time to react!

  • Bellakanoose - 2011-09-14 09:14

    Thank f@#king God!

      gooinat - 2011-09-14 09:24

      Gods got nothing to do with this,Dipstick!!!!

      Bellakanoose - 2011-09-14 10:56

      You mean your God?

  • AndV - 2011-09-14 09:31

    Send him home. He is useless anyway.

  • Bokstar - 2011-09-14 09:32

    Excellent! Good News! send Habana home ..... he is useless! Now we will see a total different game with Hougaard at no 11.

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-14 09:40

      Ndungane is going to play on the per our coach.

      JanHL - 2011-09-14 10:31

      His just hiding from the big Fidjians, he will be back against Namibia.

  • SA-FAN - 2011-09-14 09:54

    Ok now just get rid of Fourie du Preez and his waving hands as well then we will get somewhere

      caleb69 - 2011-09-14 10:15

      I agree du Preez is a drama queen and useless

      aland - 2011-09-14 11:07

      Fourie has for so long been so crucial to the Bok cause, and always been a stand-out performer. Unless I have missed something, he has one shocker, and now people want to hang him out to dry - which I think is bullsh*t. This is unlike Smit and Barren Habana who have been out of form/not the best in their position for a long time.

      SA-FAN - 2011-09-14 11:25

      aland the problem is fourie talks to much to the ref and the ball isn't coming out of the breakdowns quick enough lots of oppurtunity for the opposition to steal the ball

      aland - 2011-09-14 11:59

      I couldn't disagree with that. Perhaps this is a result of a) long term injury lay-off and b) prior to injury playing behind a dominant pack (bulle and boks). Hopefully he finds his game in the next few matches and gets back to his best, we need him, not to discard him.

  • Aubrey de Beer - 2011-09-14 10:26

    Put Hougaard at 11. Leave Steyn at 15 and Put de Jongh at centre then on the bench put Lambie and Aplon. Lambie can cover Flyhalf or fullback, Aplon can cover wing or Fullback, Steyn can cover centre or fullback and Hougaard can cover scrumhalf or wing.

  • Kevin - 2011-09-14 11:12

    Butch 10 , Frans Steyn 11, lambie 15

      Vetseun - 2011-09-14 11:24

      Frans Steyn at 11?????? What are you smoking????

  • Durbanpoison - 2011-09-14 11:17

    Great news. all we need is spies and J smith to leave us as well.. Then we will have the A-team on...

      Bellakanoose - 2011-09-14 11:24

      J Smith?

  • Boy Louw - 2011-09-14 11:38

    Fiji will be disappointed!

  • sandile selem - 2011-09-14 11:50

    James at 12 are you guys kidding here?

  • jan du preeaz - 2011-09-14 19:33

    It will make no difference, the ball will never get to the wings anyway.

  • Barry Edwards - 2011-09-14 20:26

    Naas Botha at 10 ? Just kidding. :)

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