Habana wins best try award

2012-11-29 17:17

Cape Town - Bryan Habana’s spectacular score against New Zealand in the inaugural Rugby Championship was named as the International Rugby Players’ Association’s (IRPA) Try of the Year for 2012.

Habana became the second Springbok to win the award after Jaque Fourie earned the honour in 2009 for his try in the second Test against the British & Irish Lions at Loftus Versfeld.

Habana’s Dunedin score was also named as South Africa’s try of the year to add to his winning of the title of SARU’s player of the year for 2012. Habana took his total of Springbok tries to 47 in 2012, before a knee injury cut short his season before the end of year tour.

Former team-mate Jaque Fourie, All Blacks centurion Mils Muliaina, former IRB Player of the Year Shane Williams and Japan’s Daisuke Ohata, the leading try scorer in Test Rugby, formed the panel of judges who opted for Habana’s effort ahead of the three other shortlisted tries scored by New Zealand duo Hosea Gear and Julian Savea and Frenchman Julien Malzieu.

Consideration was also given to votes cast by rugby fans from all around the world via the IRB’s interactive platforms.

Habana, the IRB Player of the Year in 2007, stunned the All Blacks when he burst onto a pass from flanker Francois Louw at full speed, chipped ahead and gathered to score a try that briefly handed the Springboks the lead seven minutes into the second half of the contest in Dunedin. New Zealand went on to win 21-11.

“Scoring a try against the All Blacks is always special, but scoring against them in New Zealand, is even more special,” said Habana.

“I really enjoyed getting across the try-line in Dunedin - contributing to the success of the team and also lifting the spirits of my team-mates.”

 “Winning this award is very special and hopefully I can continue scoring tries for the Springboks for a very long time.”

Previous winners:      

2011 – Radike Samo (Australia) – Australia v New Zealand

2010 – Chris Ashton (England) – England v Australia

2009 – Jaque Fourie (South Africa) – South Africa v British & Irish Lions

2008 – Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland) – Australia v Ireland


  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-11-29 17:24

    Well done Habana.Given the opposition the try was scored against it is most fitting that you should win it.All the other contenders were playing in onesided matches.The Boks were up against the biggest fish in the rugby pond so great showing Habana.

  • bruce.marcovich - 2012-11-29 17:38

    Congratualtions Hadana. Great try and will enjoy it for years to come. What makes it more special is that we do not see many Bok tries and this one has to be one of the best 5 of all time

  • warren.mudge.5 - 2012-11-29 17:47

    Hey Cape Maori, I see that in the past five years the Springboks have had 2 best tries and not one for the Kiwis. Must be Suzie, put that in your pipe and smoke it, you chop. ( lamb chop??? )

      Rich.Dolgun - 2012-11-29 19:25

      I guess you've got to give the saffas something because they've got F all else - hows the silverware cabinet Warren?

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-11-29 22:35

      Rich.Dolgun... well at least you won best cheap shot of the year (rather easily I might add).

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-29 22:59

      Warren, just remember the Aussies and Kiwi's will tell us how boring Springbok rugby is. Interesting how the Boks won 2 best tries by playing boring rugby.

      Caleb - 2012-11-30 02:15

      Congrats Bryan, one of the few in the world capable of scoring that try. An AB cant win the best try, because the Saffas will run home crying that 'everything is sooooooooooo unfair, the world are against them and the IRB are big meanies that hate them, wwwwwwaaaaaahhh wwwwaaahhh... '

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-30 02:52

      Just like everyone's targeting Richie McCaw. Whaaaa. Whaaaaa. The saffa's poisoned us and that's why we didn't win the 95 final. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. There was a match-fixing conspiracy with referee Wayne Barnes that cheated the All Blacks out of the 2007 semi final. WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Caleb - 2012-11-30 04:22

      You do that far too well, alot of practice i see. Good to see your using your original material as per usual. And also good to see that your just trawling through the website looking for my comments and replying to them in your usual manner. Im flattered, but you really need to get a life.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-30 06:24

      Good. And I was just now beginning to wonder when you would run out of things to say.

  • nickwill.reen - 2012-11-29 19:08

    Congrats Habana! Stormers/WP jou leke ding!

  • Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-11-29 19:20

    Good for you,Well done

  • vark.nek.90 - 2012-11-29 19:35

      johan.maree.5036 - 2012-11-30 08:35

      Thanks, I was looking for that!

  • johan.botes.906 - 2012-11-29 19:40

    Congrats!!! Hope there is more to come,great to see you at your best again... :)

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-29 22:54

    Of course he did. There was not contest.

  • glen.keesing - 2012-11-30 10:08

    good work. You had my vote!

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