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Habana keen to impress at 13

2012-02-08 18:00

Herman Mostert

Cape Town - Bryan Habana is eager to show his worth in the midfield when the Stormers tackle the Southern Kings in a pre-season friendly in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee on Wednesday surprised by picking Habana at outside centre, a position he hasn't played in since 2006.

Habana is the second Springbok wing to make the switch to centre in the last week after the Sharks played JP Pietersen there in a trial match last Friday.

But Habana is relishing the opportunity even though he admitted it's not his preferred position.

"Pretty excited to be back in 13. I started playing my professional rugby there at the Lions in 2004 and became a Springbok, so looking forward to the opportunity," Habana said via a video clip on the Stormers' Facebook page.

"I played there once in 2006 for the Boks and that didn't go too well, so hopefully I'll be able to make up this weekend," said Habana.

He was referring to the Springboks' centenary Test against Ireland at a windy Lansdowne Road in 2006, when the home team mastered the tricky conditions to outplay Jake White's Boks 32-15. On that cold November evening Jaco Pretorius and Frans Steyn did duty on the wings while Habana partnered Jean de Villiers in the midfield.

And Habana also expects a tough encounter against the Kings at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

"The Kings are a determined side and they want to show their worth, not only for SA Rugby but for the opportunity to play Super Rugby next year, so (it's) a big challenge for us."

Teams:

Kings: 15 Tiger Mangweni, 14 Marcello Sampson, 13 Jaco Bekker, 12 Wayne Stevens, 11 Norman Nelson, 10 Shane Gates, 9 Falie Oelschig, 8 Luke Watson (captain), 7 Vleis Engelbrecht, 6 Mpho Mbiyozo, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Darron Nell, 3 Clint Newland, 2 Hannes Franklin, 1 Jaco Engels.

Substitutes: 16 Bobby Dyer, 17 Zane Killian, 18 Andre Schlechter, 19 Wayne van Heerden, 20 Reynier Bernardo, 21 Boetie Britz, 22 Thembelani Bholi, 23 Dustin Jinka, 24 Earl Rose, 25 Dwayne Jenner, 26 Kieran Goss.

Stormers: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Bryan Habana, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Gerhard van den Heever, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nick Koster, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Rynhard Elstadt, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff.

Substitutes: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Deon Carstens, 18 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 19 Frans Malherbe, 20 Eben Etzebeth, 21 De Kock Steenkamp, 22 Nizaam Carr, 23 Nic Groom, 24 Marcel Brache, 25 Burton Francis, 26 Danie Poolman.

Sport24

Comments
  • Jason - 2012-02-08 17:56

    Come on dude, line em up, make the breaks, draw the tackles and do what we believe you can.

      Dawie - 2012-02-08 18:05

      Make the breaks?????? HA HA HA HA HA At 2km/h?

      Marius - 2012-02-08 20:04

      At least they are trying to even out the backlines, by picking one useless player in each team. The Stormers have Habana and the Kings, Earl Rose

      Hoo - 2012-02-08 20:18

      @wp 26 spelers?? ek dink di wp het 52 spelers nodig om di koring krieke te berre. maaar terwyl hulle so na aan mekaar is, moet hulle somma nou al 'n gekombineerde span bymekaar sit vir 2013 se super rugby span!!! koning poepe of so iets..??

      Hoo - 2012-02-08 20:20

      @marius moet nou net ni di ander 50 bekerlose 'wenners' oorskat ni,.. onhou dis wp en kings.

      Sean - 2012-02-08 22:24

      LOL !!!!!!!!

      aubrey.gloster - 2012-02-09 10:22

      Jason wie ondersteun jy? Op die Lions se berig cheer jy hulle? Kaap maak jou siek ne'

  • Brannas - 2012-02-08 17:59

    Habanana tried to impress since he went to the stormers, but alas, it never happened, why will it happen now all of a sudden, Bhahahahaha. wishfull thinking

      Jason - 2012-02-08 18:01

      its going to happen tranny - you just wait and see

      Brannas - 2012-02-08 18:09

      Jason if you believe that, then you probably believe the world is going to end next week as well.

      Bambie - 2012-02-08 18:28

      His not even gonna see the ball... i hear that they will move him to Hooker next w-end to get him closer to the ball...

      Bootman - 2012-02-08 18:44

      Brannas what a comeback. If I didnt know better I'd swear that you were starting to grow a brain. @ Bambie.......I think you need a hooker close to your balls. That's the only way a Bull supporter can get laid.

      Willem - 2012-02-08 18:46

      @ Brannas PL00s

      Bambie - 2012-02-08 18:59

      Bootman...hoe ry daai boot van jou..vang jy so bietjie snoek met hom? anyway... Nee wat ons los maar daai district 6 slappers vir julle gums daar in die kaap but thx for offering....

      Hoo - 2012-02-08 20:31

      @bootman sies man! jason lyk miskien lelik ma jy is lelik. ag nee man sies

  • Dawie - 2012-02-08 18:35

    Foeitog, het die armsalige p@ephol nou sy hare afgesny om meer vaartbelyn te .lykHy mag dalk 3km/h haal nou

  • Bulldozer - 2012-02-08 19:10

    Die klein moegoe gaan weer net wil intercept left, right en centre.

      Brannas - 2012-02-08 19:17

      Dis reg so Bulldozer, hy sal dan gapings los so groot soos n waenhuis deur, net lekker vir Olivier en Sadie om deur te kom. Die stormertjies gaan nog lang trane huil die seisoen, ek sien dit kom.

      Bambie - 2012-02-08 19:28

      Dit is nie nodig om n gap te los nie...hy tackle mos nie... anyway as hy vir Meisiekind sien sal hy net so wil vat vat...daai klomp vis koppe dink mos met die verkeerde kop...

  • Thabiso Snowby Bokwe - 2012-02-08 19:18

    Is die bul-ondersteuners nou nog kwaad vir Habana? Maak vrede asb. Hy gaan NIE terug nie!

      Bambie - 2012-02-08 19:30

      Snowby... u kan ons hoeveel betaal ons sal hom nie terug vat nie dankie... Hulle se as y vir die ander span begin bat sal jy nooit weer terug gaan... hierdie span vir ons bat vir die regte kant... Habana moet maar sy neigings daar in die kaap hou...

      Hoo - 2012-02-08 20:34

      @mister thabiso- dankie mister thabiso en danki habana!(..dat djy ni terug komi danki en nogmaals danki en baie dankie.)

      Thabiso Snowby Bokwe - 2012-02-09 00:30

      Julle menere vergeet dat hy sy beste rugby onder Heyneke gespeel het... wie weet, dalk is daar nog 'n seisoen of twee in hom.

      Bambie - 2012-02-09 02:55

      Snowby..HET...HET...die dubble K middle A het die Fan geslaan toe hy af Kaap toe gemove het en daai klomp met hulle agter mekaar neigings hom betas het... Nee wat ek dink seisoen einding volgende week..gaan n Hammy trek met een oefen sessie...en nou praat ek nie van n Rugby oefen sessie...

  • gilla23 - 2012-02-08 21:14

    Good move Allistair, lets shut these critics once and for all.. Stormer till the end, the rest can kiss my stormer jersey!!

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-08 22:06

      ''lets shut these critics once and for all''. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

  • Clive - 2012-02-09 14:56

    He made his name at Centre for the Lions, so i am sure he can do it just must have the confidence to give it a go and do it. I still rate his ability and high work rate.

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