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Lomu praises Habana after record-tying feat

2015-10-08 12:46
Bryan Habana (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu was quick to tweet his congratulations after Springbok flyer Bryan Habana tied his Rugby World Cup try scoring record.

Habana, three tries adrift of Lomu atop the World Cup try scorers charts heading into Wednesday's match against the USA in London, scored a hat-trick to match the New Zealand great on 15 tries.

After the match, Lomu took to Twitter to congratulate the 32-year-old Springbok winger.

"Congrats brother" tweeted Lomu before continuing: "your (sic) a great ambassador of our great game".

Following South Africa's progression to the quarter-finals of the World Cup, Habana will likely have the chance to surpass Lomu's tally in the Springboks next match against either Wales or Australia at Twickenham on Saturday, October 17.

Lomu v Habana World Cup comparison:

Lomu played two World Cups. Habana is in his third.

Lomu scored 15 tries in 11 matches. Habana's 15 tries have come from 15 matches.

Lomu scored 13 of his tries against Tier One nations. The other two came against Tonga. Habana has scored three tries against Tier One teams – 12 have come against Samoa (6), USA (5) and Namibia (1)

Lomu failed to score in three of his 11 matches. Habana has failed to score in seven of his 15 matches.

Habana's reply to Lomu's congratulatory tweet:

All time Rugby World Cup try scorers list:

15 - Jonah Lomu, New Zealand

15 - Bryan Habana, South Africa*

13 - Doug Howlett, New Zealand

12 - Drew Mitchell, Australia*

11 - Chris Latham, Australia

11 - Joe Rokocoko, New Zealand

11 - Rory Underwood, England

11 - Vincent Clerc, France

10 - David Campese, Australia

10 - Brian Lima, Samoa

10 - Shane Williams, Wales

*still active

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