All-time Bok try scoring list

2010-06-28 10:38

Garrin Lambley

Cape Town - Wing Bryan Habana equalled former scrumhalf Joost van der Westhuizen's all-time Springbok try scoring record in the Test against Italy in East London.

Habana scored for the 38th time in the Boks' 55-11 defeat of Nick Mallett's Azzurri, while playing in his 60th Test.

Habana was tied with All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu on 37 tries heading into the second Test against Italy. Lomu scored his 37 tries in 63 Tests.

Van der Westhuizen scored his 38 tries in 89 Tests as scrumhalf between 1993 to 2003.

Top 10 leading International try-scorers of all time:

1. Daisuke Ohata (JPN) 69
2. David Campese (AUS) 64
3. Shane Williams (WAL) 53
4. Rory Underwood (ENG) 50
5. Doug Howlett (NZL) 49
6. Christian Cullen (NZL) 46
7. Joe Rokocoko (NZL) 45
8. Jeff Wilson (NZL) 44
T9. Gareth Thomas (WAL) 41
T9. Brian O'Driscoll (IRE) 41

All-time Springbok try-scoring leaders:

Bryan Habana 38
Joost Van der Westhuizen 38
Jaque Fourie 26
Breyton Paulse 24
Percy Montgomery 23
Pieter Rossouw 21
James Small 20
Danie Gerber 19
Jean de Villiers 18
Stefan Terblanche 15
Chester Williams 14
Fourie du Preez 13
Gerrie Germishuys 12
Ray Mordt 12
Mark Andrews 11
Schalk Burger 11
Bob Skinstad 11
André Joubert 10
JP Pietersen 10
André Snyman 10
Joe van Niekerk 10


  • Gerber! - 2010-06-28 10:49

    If it wasn’t for “apartheid” Gerber would have been the best ever back in world rugby. His condition was always superb and he would have played over a 100 test easily. With his strike rate against top teams he would have scored heaps of tries. Bok team of 1986 was the best ever!

  • Neale - 2010-06-28 11:17

    Who is Daisuke Ohata? And who did he score 69 tries against? Was it in the Blind Rugby World Cup?

  • rugga fan - 2010-06-28 11:23

    maybe hed score more tries if he played in the springbok back line rather than the opposing team, almost always out of position looking for a intercept try... but well done habana you are a legend

  • rugga fan - 2010-06-28 11:39

    maybe hed score more tries if he played in the springbok back line rather than the opposing team, almost always out of position looking for a intercept try... but well done habana you are a legend

  • tonyt - 2010-06-28 11:52

    I am a proud sprinbok supporter and Danie Gerber fan ,but Doug Howlet strike rate matches Danie's. Both 2 brilliant players.

  • black bok - 2010-06-28 11:56

    If it wasn't for apartheid my father would have been the best springbok wing ever. But you wouldn't know that now, would you?

  • @ Gerber - 2010-06-28 11:57

    If it wasn't for "apartheid" there would of been other players who would of been given an equal opportunity and performed better than Gerber and the likes...

  • Paddy - 2010-06-28 12:05

    @ Gerber! - Agreed! Danie Gerber was a rugby genius! But all the same, well done Brian - let's see your name move into the top scorers list!

  • @Gerber - 2010-06-28 12:12

    @Gerber! Stop living in the past man. With that i mean you are probably over 40 years of age and believe that men in those days that played rugby would beat this generation! get real buddy. You old farts wouldnt have lasted the past the first half of trying to get the new boks down down to 200 points.

  • @ Black Bok - 2010-06-28 12:37

    If it wasn't for quotas my father would have been the best springbok wing ever. But you wouldn't know that now, would you?

  • Etienne - 2010-06-28 13:03

    Intersting thing is that the top try scorer of all time (Ohata) has not scored as single try againts SA,NZ,Aus,Eng,Wales,France,Ire, Italy, Argentina or Scotland. Not even Samoa or Fiji. How great is he then?

  • Joel Hamilton - 2010-06-28 14:07

    I think that is just, like, the coolest thing ever.

  • Nicky - 2010-06-28 14:09

    Black Bok, you have it all wrong about apartheid - Errol Tobias played for the Boks during this era. Many black players had opportunities then. Just like black people could go abroad to study, they could head overseas to play rugby while white people were stuck in South Africa. Stop the "whatifs", "wouldbe's" and so on, just enjoy the best game ever!

  • Dronkie - 2010-06-28 14:38

    Joost was blêrrie awsome - wat n speler !!!!

  • Steve - 2010-06-28 15:39

    Do you gues know the following people, all of them from the old SARU before it was destroyed. Irvin October (Somerset), Desmond Booysen (OP), Jeff Runelli (Bol), Gabriel Noble (Tygerberg), Ivan Jacobs (Bol), Selvin Isaacs (Bol), Allistair Coetsee (OP), Lindsay Botha (Cities), Trevor Adams (Bol), Godfrey Thorne (OP), Ronnie Frans (Tygerberg), Ebrahim Ganief (WP) of Noël Klaasen (Bol), Koos Lukas (Somerset), Franöios Davids (Bol) en Kalla Josef (Bol) of Yagya Shakier (WP). Lennie Himson: Irvine October, Jeff Runelli, Fred Amsterdam (SWD), Gabriel Noble, Ivan Jacobs, Selvin Isaacs, Allistair Coetsee; Faiek Hendricks, Adams Rhodes (Cities) of Faizel Mahri (Griekwas), Noël Klaassen, Ronnie Frans (Tygerberg), Franöios Davids, Faizel Adams (Griekwas) en Kalla Josef. Peter Clarke: Irvin October Daniel September, Jeff Runelli, Newton Kennedy, Faiek Davids, of Gabriel Noble, Ivan Jacobs, Selvin Isaacs, Allistair Coetsee; Godfrey Thorne, Shaun van der Heever (OP) of Trevor Adams, Lucky Munge (Kwaru), Faiek Hendricks (WP), Gary Boshoff (Bol), Ronnie Frans, Franöios Davids, Nazeem Moerat en Kalla Josef. Jerry Seale: Daniel September (Tygerberg), Jeff Runelli (Bol), Gustav October (WP-Platteland), Gabriel Noble (Tygerberg), Ivan Jacobs (Bol), Selvin Isaacs (Bol), Allistair Coetsee (OP); Faiek Hendricks (WP), Lucky Munge (Kwaru), Trevor Adams (Bol) of Mervin Samuels (Tygerberg), Teddy Kondile (Kwaru), Riyaat Najaar (Cities) en Gary Boshoff (Bol), Franöios Davids (Bol), Makaya Jack (Kwaru) of Nazeem Moerat (Bol), Yagya Shakier (WP). Reserwes: Ebrahim Viljoen (WP), Trevor Adams (Bol) of Merwin Samuels (Tygerberg), Jaques Titus (NWK) en Fred Amsterdam.

  • William Shakespeare - 2010-06-28 16:43

    With all due respect to this list, it is meaningless without the rest of the table... As Etienne has pointed out, against what opposition were the respective tries scored? And the money shot stat of course is... in how many games? An "absolute" list like this, for rugby, especially when you consider that there are three eras (apartheid/ post-apartheid /professional) is mendacious to say the least.

  • Leon Ross - 2010-06-28 18:10

    Brian Habana scored against all major rugby playing nations. Jonah Lomu has never scored against the Springboks. Imagine how many tries Habana WOULD HAVE scored if he played his entire professional against bottom feeder teams only. Each generation has its greats. Danie Gerber and Co. belong in the past. We are creating new legends of this era.

  • Gary - 2010-06-28 18:42

    Your Boks list is wrong Player Games Tries Bryan Habana 60 38 Joost van der Westhuizen 89 38 Jaque Fourie 57 28 Breyton Paulse 64 26 Percy Montgomery 102 25 Pieter Rossouw 43 21 James Small 47 20 Danie Gerber 24 19 Stefan Terblanche 37 19 Jean de Villiers 58 18 Chester Williams 27 14 Fourie du Preez 55 13 Ray Mordt 18 12 Gerrie Germishuys 20 12 Mark Andrews 77 12 JP Pietersen 33 11 Bobby Skinstad 42 11 Schalk (junior) Burger 57 11 Robbie Fleck 31 10 André Joubert 34 10 André Snyman 38 10 Joe van Niekerk 52 10 Juan Smith 62 10

  • Riktik - 2010-06-28 19:36

    Curent bok side would edge the 86 side taking in to account it was not a professional sport then. I agree the 86 side would have certainly been in the 1987 world cup final and probably edged the all blacks then but we will never know! Hopefully the boks will do it again next year and get what should have been our 4th trophy not third!!

  • pdw - 2010-06-28 20:14

    Mooi so, Brian! He could score a 100. Doring Danie was a diamond at a bad time, as was Carel Dup, Naas Botha, ens. He scored all his tries against the best teams of the day, and even though a Saffer, was widely regarded as the best center ever. Just look at that strike rate - 19 tries in 24 tests. As for how the old boys would fare against the current Boks? It's a different game today, where props run sub-10 100m! I can't see Domkrag or Flippie v/d Merwe running about like that. Come scrumtime, though... I reckon that the 2007 Bokke tip Dawie Dev's 1970 team as best yet. What a great game we love!

  • Bez - 2010-06-28 22:21

    Well done, Bryan! I can only wonder how our modern day "Danie Gerber" would have fared had he been chosen for the boks when Bryan was and had he not passed away: Ettienne Botha (Bulls). What a magnificient centre. May he rest in peace.

  • @pdw - 2010-06-29 07:50

    props run sub 10 , 100m! stop smoking that stuff

  • soft-tries - 2010-06-29 10:05

    Most of Habana's tries were "soft-tries"... .....even my grandma could have scored them...

  • pdw - 2010-06-29 10:18

    You get my meaning, though? Would be cool to see The Beast reel in Drew Mitchell or someone!

  • Dronkie - 2010-06-29 11:51

    Give Joost the credit he deserves - He scored great tries against quality opposition in an era where the BOKS played their kakkest Rugby ever - not that is legendary..

  • Bloomski - 2010-06-29 12:15

    Konnichiwa. Velly implessive record Mister Ohata from Japan. Score many times agains Outa Mongolia, China and Finland

  • Koos Kaap (@Dronkie) - 2010-06-29 13:09

    Stem saam. Hy het veral goed gescore met die losgelukkie - ongelukkig is hy toe uitgevang

  • @ Black Bok 2 - 2010-06-29 14:00

    If it wasn`t for BEE, this country would be run like one of the best in the world. But you wouldn't know that now, would you?

  • Bullring - 2010-06-29 14:31

    Interesting stat - Habana equalling Joost's try scoring in 29 matches less. Hope he doesn't follow in Joost's footsteps after his career though.Anyway can't wait for this to be over so we can watch a beautiful game of soccer.

  • GW - 2010-06-29 14:53

    great to see the All Blacks have 4 out of the all time top 10... that must be a big thank u 2 Naas...will we ever have 1 with Morne around????

  • Dan Carter - 2010-06-29 15:36

    This list just displays what kak rugby the boks having been playing...skop,skiet en donner..NO CREATIVITY

  • Dan Carter - 2010-06-29 15:38

    This list just displays what kak rugby the boks having been playing...skop,skiet en donner..NO CREATIVITY

  • @Neale - 2010-06-29 15:45

    Japan 155 - Chinese Tapei 3 (July 2002) I'm pretty sure if any tire 1 nations played against China, they would have the top try scorer as well.

  • Somerset - 2010-06-30 17:53

    Intersting to see how many 'ifs' you get. What's the sense of that? You cannot prove anything by 'if'. You cannot compare the past with the present... rugby is nowadays played very differently, eg. professional versus amateur, with many new rules, and new strategies, training through technology (watching videos of how your opponents play their game) etc. The only sensible comparison with the past would have IF(!) rugby had NOT changed, and was played with the same rules and same technology, etc. Trying to make comparisons with the past is useless mathematical nonsense, and it's for people who have time on their hands, but not much to say.

  • Mike Bothma - 2010-07-01 05:23

    Just how many tries did Habanalet in due to always going for individual glory at the expense of the team? Can not be mentioned in the same breath as the legends of the game!

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