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Honoured Habana says thanks

2011-09-22 13:51

Cape Town - New Springbok record try scorer Bryan Habana has thanked his team-mates and coaches after finally breaking Joost van der Westhuizen's record.

Habana, who had been tied with Van der Westhuizen on 38 tries in the Green and Gold since scoring against Italy in Witbank in June 2010, broke the record when he touched down in the first half of the Boks' 87-0 romp against Namibia at the North Harbour Stadium on Thursday.

Habana's 39th try came in his 72nd Test.

Habana wrote on Twitter: To all my team-mates, coaches, friends, family & supporters who hav been there in the last 8yrs... It's been an honour & privilege!!! Thanx!

To be blessed with such an amazing talent one has to be grateful!! Job not quite done though!!! Hav a gr8 eve/day every1!!

Habana will be out to extend his record when the Boks face Samoa on Friday, September 30.

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Leading all-time Springbok try scorers:

39: x-Bryan Habana
38: Joost van der Westhuizen
32: x-Jaque Fourie
26: Breyton Paulse
25: Percy Montgomery
21: Pieter Rossouw
20: James Small

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Springbok wing Bryan Habana scores his record breaking 39th Test try for South Africa against Namibia (Gallo Images)

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Comments
  • Eugene van der Merwe - 2011-09-22 13:54

    Well done to a GREAT servant of BOK-rugby!!

      marco - 2011-09-22 15:24

      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,who knows I'm not an expert.

      MustBeCrazy - 2011-09-22 16:32

      So Marco, stick to your day job!

      GILLBERT - 2011-09-22 16:48

      marko werk nie die straat veers strike weer

      44mag - 2011-09-22 20:19

      BRYAN HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY MAN.......YOU GO BOY!

      mobiles - 2011-09-22 23:31

      Congrats Habana , but you were also lucky to get so many chances playing for the boks ! Most other players would have lost their place in the bok team long long time ago and that is a fact !

      patch - 2011-09-23 07:04

      @marco I think pundits should stick to rugby. Unless they're kinesic specialists, that is. Also, how does being quick off the mark demonstrate an unwillingness to play? I think your pundits have also conveniently forgotten how Hab scored most of his intercept tries; coming off his line. Added to that, SA defense is "outside in" a lot of the time. Now, I'm not necessarily defending his game style, just observing a point. Just asking: who are these "pundits" you refer to? I haven't read that from any of the major rugby bloggers/commentators...

  • Grolim - 2011-09-22 13:57

    You have your critics my friend, but damn you TRY very hard!. I applaud you for that!. good luck!

      GILLBERT - 2011-09-22 14:06

      couldn't say it better myself!!!!! its a milestone in a bok jersey

      Oukoos - 2011-09-22 14:10

      Agree

      Chronoman - 2011-09-23 08:59

      Oupa John Smith also tries hard. Trying hard is not what is so crucial. It is succeeding at what you are trying to do. Both of these gents fail miserably.

  • Lean - 2011-09-22 14:00

    Go HAbana, You haven't played your best lately. But you try very hard each game. Tries is not everything, they do help but an all around game from everyone is how we will win the World Cup. Keep up the good work, and more tries will come.

  • SA-FAN - 2011-09-22 14:02

    Great achievement but Jacque Fourie is on your tail so keep on scoring :)

      Gazza69 - 2011-09-23 10:35

      Well done Bryan! A great accomplishment. I think when all the current Boks retire, Jacque Fourie will be the test try record holder. I hope to see the record at 50+ test tries.

  • Neutedop - 2011-09-22 14:04

    Even though your game is below par - 38 of those 39 tries was when you were a nations darling. Well done - you deserve to hold that record on your own.

  • Jan - 2011-09-22 14:22

    BH, congrats, you deserve the record. Make us proud and score some more, for the Boks and WP/Stormers

  • Anneleen - 2011-09-22 14:22

    Geluk Habana....jou staatmaker!!! Salutations to the Bokke for your teamwork!!!

  • Isaac manamela - 2011-09-22 14:23

    well done mr Habana u deserve it

  • AA - 2011-09-22 14:32

    Not bad for a has-been. The bulls got rid of you at the right time!! You should have been at home not at the WC.

  • Mams1 - 2011-09-22 14:33

    Well done!!

  • Pennyformy.. - 2011-09-22 14:34

    P-Divvy has given you soooo many chances to get the record. You've got it now, so please relegate yourself to the bench and give the better player his chance!

  • Andre - 2011-09-22 14:42

    Well done Brian , and for Jaque fourie to be up to 32 (for a center) is also Moerse Impressive, well done Jaque.

  • Lida - 2011-09-22 15:00

    Well done Bryan and Jaque. Now up to the 40. You both can do it.

      kosie - 2011-09-22 16:45

      habana is going to take another 2 years to score again

  • jontheb - 2011-09-22 15:11

    Hahaha - Jacques Fourie is gonna eclipse it in the next few games - he's still in form!!!

  • frans.mosia - 2011-09-22 15:12

    Congratz Mr Habana, the Springbok!

  • KLEINBOOI - 2011-09-22 15:14

    mooi bryantjie ons is trots op jou.

  • marco - 2011-09-22 15:27

    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,who knows I'm not an expert.

  • JustinCT101 - 2011-09-22 15:38

    still, he could only get the one try, and against Namibia???? Not saying much for his try making abilities, does it?

      Grant - 2011-09-22 17:41

      ...and a lot didn't score ANY tries against Namibia.

      Bok-USA - 2011-09-23 01:49

      with his reputation, it is very difficult to score a try, as he gets double, triple tackled and closely marked. well done Habana. Next player to be closely marked will he Hougard....what a player!

  • cj - 2011-09-22 15:39

    " To be blessed with such an amazing talent...". Ahem, ja.

  • Mojojo - 2011-09-22 16:00

    Ok Habana, Beeeg exhale. Its over, it done. Now enough of this nervous $h!t and remind us who the real Bryan Habana is. You owe us all 11 matches worth of tries. Happy hunting...

  • Brainbow - 2011-09-22 16:06

    Well done Bryan! Make it 60 this RWC! {.....hey, Jaque is on your tail....}

  • Bill - 2011-09-22 16:29

    Reality check #1. It is not just about scoring tries. There are so many other aspects that must be taken into account when measuring a wing's performance. Is there another wing in the country with Brian Habana's work rate on the field? Have not seen too many other left wings pulling off the cover tackles Brian makes on the other side of the field. Yep, sometimes his hands let him down under the high ball, but he remains the 1st choice for his overall work rate, the try record is a bonus. Thanks Brian.

      Andrew - 2011-09-23 01:38

      Bill, I watched the post match discussion on TVNZ1, they have a panel of former international players discussing the games. All of them applauded Habana's work rate on the field, they also mentioned that he is invaluable on the field when Lambie is Fullback because he is covering a lot at the back. My view about him not scoring tries is simple, our backline have not played too much running rugby lately and none of our wings have scored tries, with Frans Steyn getting over the advantage and putting Jaque Fourie into space, I can see our wings scoring tries again, Aplon last night? One thing that was a bit worrying last night and they highlighted that, was the poor quality of John Smit’s line out throws and they all agreed that if we don’t improve on that, the stronger teams will take advantage of that. General consensus from a number of the commentators and panelists on RWC programmes is that the Bokke is a real thread at this world cup and they are the team that can beat any other team on the field.

  • Stewart - 2011-09-22 16:39

    1 more tick in the box on the way to the cup:-D

  • ohwell - 2011-09-22 16:48

    marco, you right, the poor bastard got married, he will never be the same

  • PJ - 2011-09-22 16:54

    well done boet..........doesnt matter what colour....... as long as u keep on scoring boy. bring that cup home again guys!

  • angelcynn - 2011-09-22 17:07

    Hopefully this will be the HAS-BEEN's final game, 15 months without a try and wooohoooo finally gets a pop pass to score a Record try, come hang up those boots Habanana!!!!

  • Aromat - 2011-09-22 17:18

    looks like he's taking a dump on that photo.

      Bootman - 2011-09-22 17:49

      Why do you say that Aromat? Is that what you look like when you take a dump?

  • wdvilliers - 2011-09-22 19:16

    Habana is trying to HARD...he should just relax and play the game...come on Brian!!!!

  • johnnylaw - 2011-09-22 19:32

    go Bryan, break the record for world cup tries now!

  • Trueblue - 2011-09-22 20:05

    Well done, Bryan Habana! Keep up the good work.

  • Lauren - 2011-09-22 20:26

    Jy is my BOKKIE!!!!

  • african - 2011-09-22 22:13

    Played Bryan! How many of your detractors have noted how you have saved the Boks from letting in tries by superb last-ditch tackling: and boy can you tackle! Wish JP could tackle like that (he did once - in the last World Cup Final). Saving tries is as important as scoring them. Go score some more!

  • Mickey Fin - 2011-09-22 23:16

    The Springboks could have saved themselves a plane ticket and arranged a game against Fochville High 2nd team and then Habana could have broken the record and stayed at home giving better players a chance. Having played more tests against Australia and New Zealand, he has only scored 3 tries against New Zealand and 5 against the Wallabies. The rest of his tries has been against the other lower rated teams. Fourie will beat this record soon.

  • mabsie - 2011-09-22 23:23

    Well done Brian. You have given many hours of viewing pleasure!

  • RuggaLova - 2011-09-23 02:53

    Bryan if you stop trying to intercept every opponents' pass, you will be able to defend better and not create so much havoc for your fellow players. The game is not just about scoring tries - they will cme if your fellow teammate-forwards stay out of the backline and the centres run straight and creates space for you or get the halfbreak and offload to you. Try to stay behind the guy running with the ball, like Geo Aplon and then beat your man with a sudden burst of speed. Your previous tries were all great ones but today's one was given to you by your teammates during the first 15 minutes when they tried on numeorus occasions just to get the ball to you so that this goat can get off your back. When the team started to play as a team duirng the seocnd half, they outperformed the opponents easily. Rugby is a team sport and only when the team plays together and for each other and forget about records, will they truly perform to their great potential that they have.

  • pointsetia - 2011-09-23 08:02

    Bryan you have amazing talent but more amazing is the humility you display. Well done and thank you for all you give to the sport. The respect shown you has been earned !

  • 2shy2call - 2011-09-23 08:06

    Well done Boks, well done Habana. Soweto is behind you boys.

  • Murph - 2011-09-23 08:13

    Scientists think that they may have proved that Einstein's theory of relativity is incorrect. They measured something going faster than the speed of light, something impossible according to E=MC2. They said it was a neutrino but we know it was just Bryan out there on the wing and heading for the line. Well done Bryan

  • Paullant - 2011-09-23 10:07

    Has been Habana !!!! Easy try against the blind school !!! Now he need to score against an A Team !!! Hopefully it will be before 2 years !!!

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