Habana shifts to midfield

2012-02-08 14:54

Cape Town - Springbok wing Bryan Habana has been named at outside centre by the Stormers for their final warm-up match against the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

He is the second established Bok wing to make the switch to midfield in recent times with the Sharks having played JP Pietersen there last week.

Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee said Habana would provide midfield back-up during the forthcoming Super Rugby season.

"Habana is no stranger to the outside centre berth since he started out his senior rugby career (with the Golden Lions) in that position," said Coetzee.

"He has been efficient in backline play and understands the team's systems on attack and defence.

"It will be great to see him play alongside an experienced centre like Jean (De Villiers) and I am excited to see how Bryan goes there."

The Cape side's first choice outside centre Juan de Jongh is nursing a jaw injury suffered against the Lions two weeks ago with Coetzee saying that the injury was still "sensitive" at this stage.

New recruit Gerhard van den Heever will start in Habana's place on the wing, with 11 players on the substitutes bench.

"I have an understanding with the Kings coach Alan (Solomons) that the match-day squad will be 26 players," Coetzee said.

"The idea is for both teams to give as many players a chance to get game time."

Two of the players who are in the Stormers' run-on XV, Andries Bekker (lock) and Duane Vermeulen (eighthman), will play for the time first time this year.

"It will be great to have Andries and Duane get in action after their long absence," Coetzee said.

"We'll have to see how they go and I'm hoping to have them playing for at least 30 minutes."

In the absence of scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage, the Stormers have opted for Louis Schreuder, while Nic Groom starts out on the bench.

There was no room for one of the pre-season stars Bolla Conradie.

"Conradie knows that we are giving everyone a chance to prove themselves and at this stage Duvenage and Schreuder are the front-runners," the coach explained.




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.


  • Brannas - 2012-02-08 14:59

    Hahahaha, My toggie, Wat wil die arme stormertjies nou doen. Hulle is darem maar nou desperaat jong, Ek kan my lag nie hou vir die sirkus nie, Bhahahahaha.

      Brannas - 2012-02-08 15:00

      En dan dink hulle "supporters" hulle kan bekers wen Bhahahahahahhahaaaaaaaa.

      Saffa - 2012-02-08 15:10

      Hallo old chap. Serious rugby question.....Where do you see the Bulls ending up on the log this year? You can answer me after this weekends game if you wish..........

      ruan.geldenhuys - 2012-02-08 15:17

      dag se bananas, wat het gister van jou geword?? lyk my jy kan net uit deel maar nie ontvang nie dit se nogals baie van jou integliteit!! ons sal sien wie lag lekker na die eerste ronde van die s15 dan praat ons weer van die bul sirkus!!!!

      Shistirrer - 2012-02-08 15:21

      Brannas, ek weet die Bulls het gesukkel teen die Kings en dit net-net gemaak, maar as jy jou neusring uithaal sodat jou brein 'n slag behoorlik suurstof kry, sal jy besef nie alle spanne is so pateties soos die Bulls nie. Vir die Stormers is dit net 'n lekker oefen-game waar allerhande weird kombinasies getoets kan word sonder te veel effort.

      Phil - 2012-02-09 02:42

      Mindboggling stuff. Bryan at his fastest was a matchwinner until opposition teams worked out that he nothing else but speed. He is now WAY past his best and unlike other ageing Wingers he has not learned and other tricks swerve , no sidestep nothing. Have you noticed that EVERY time he is one on one with any opposition winger worth his salt ....Habana looks to chip and chase. He has no skills to beat a man one on one. He will be a disaster at outside center. His time is up.

  • Anele - 2012-02-08 14:59

    copy much?

      george.traut - 2012-02-08 15:24

      Not a copy. Habana started as an outside centre for the lions in his debut season.

      Chris - 2012-02-08 15:49

      @George, that was a long time ago. When we read a week ago that JP is moving to centre and now suddenly Habana is doing the same I'd say that's a pretty blatant copy.

      HendrikAfrika - 2012-02-08 16:49

      With Gerhard there as wing I would think moving Brian to centre is an excellent idea, remember Habanna school years was as a scrumhalf and with his previous experience at No13 he is an ideal candidate for the position. I do not say he will, worried about his weight etc but I do not think it is a copy cat move.

      Daniel - 2012-02-08 17:54

      Habana has started a test at 13, actually wearing the #13 jumper in Dublin one year, with Frans Steyn and Jaco Pretorius his wings, Bevan Fortuin his fullback. Cant recall the flyhalf, think 12 was Jacobs but not sure.

  • greg.mallet1 - 2012-02-08 15:03

    Barring Schreuder (Duvenage), Koster (Burger) and van Aswegen (Grant) this looks like the likely starting lineup for the Stormers. Habana may be given a lifeline considering his poor form on the wing. Very interesting choice by Coetzee. Habana is reverting back to his roots (where he started with the Lions and U21's).

  • Dawie - 2012-02-08 15:27

    HA HA HA HA HA The slowest outside centre in the world. Commentary: And Habana takes the gap at 4km/h, and get SMASHED by the mighty Bulls centre

      Chris - 2012-02-08 15:51

      Should also be a good laugh watching him do his rush defence and leaving a massive gap in the midfield for the opposition to run through

      Dawie - 2012-02-08 16:19

      @Chris Agree, poor Stormers, I cant see them ever winning a cup again

      Jason - 2012-02-08 17:54

      cant wait for u guys to eat your words

      Dawie - 2012-02-08 18:32

      @Jason Can't wait u reckon, u are one patient man. 10 years and counting

  • Jason - 2012-02-08 15:30

    Could be a little light but heck he may just pull it off.

      Lionel - 2012-02-08 15:50

      Any centre is better than Wynand"meisiekind"Olivier

      Jason - 2012-02-08 16:07

      a truer statement has never been said

      Lionel - 2012-02-08 16:11

      Lets wait for Brannas and co. to insult us now like they usually

      Dawie - 2012-02-08 16:20

      @Lionel All I can say is, win a cup and someone might take you seriously

      Brannas - 2012-02-08 16:26

      Lionel(Nattes) I’m sorry, I’m a little busy. Can i ignore you later?

      Jason - 2012-02-08 16:28

      Brananas is a tranny posing as a man trapped in a girls body.

      Bambie - 2012-02-08 17:11

      The Only thing what that fish breath gonna pull is a hammy...his old and boring...Meisiekind sal hom n in out gee dan is die vaal seun ook verlore soos julle bekkers...

      Brannas - 2012-02-08 17:20

      Jason,, Seriously you’re so ugly, I'm sure when you were born, the doctor was the one screaming instead of your mother.

      Jason - 2012-02-08 17:26

      Old dude very very old, its the same as the one that the doctor slapped your mother joke. Really even Bulldozer comes up with better ones and they are lame at best. Put campfire out wif face...

      Bambie - 2012-02-08 17:39 ma ht hom met n stuk afval uit die drein gelok, n ou droe skaap tjop beentjie om sy nek vas gemaak sodat die honde met hom sal speel...

      Jason - 2012-02-08 17:55

      bambie you hot little thing if you are going to insult me you should not do it in xhosa

      Bambie - 2012-02-08 18:25

      No need Jason... for i like to speak the taal if u know what i are saying...hmffff...

  • Werner - 2012-02-08 15:48 reguit rugby praat oor die vrystaat

  • Raeez - 2012-02-08 16:00

    I see poor Burton is on the bench AGAIN. No matter where he moves to he cant seem to find the no 10 jersey. Pitty, he aint that bad

  • Doug - 2012-02-08 16:09

    Isn't it amazing that both JP and Habana are well past their sell by dates and spend half the game running around the park like loose forwards. The Sharks and WP must be hard pressed to fill their Quota's ???

      Jason - 2012-02-08 16:30

      Thats rude Doug, they were never chosen on quota, in their day they were instruments of destruction and as a Habana fan (not so much JP) I have hope for another year or two of glory.

  • legndkilla - 2012-02-08 16:14

    the "bulle" are so good that they had to come all the way to the cape to get 2 of our players ... funny thing is weve got more where they came from .... argue all u want the bulk of sa backline players come from or either end up in the western province..... put that in ur pipe brannas and smoke it!!!

      Hoo - 2012-02-08 21:30

      @morena- lets do the conting thing 9.FouriedPreez(BB) 10.MorneSteyn(BB) 11.Habana(lous) 12.JeandVilliers(wp) 13.JaquesFourie(Lous) 14.JPPeterson(sharks/wp) 15.FranciosSteyn(vrystaat) noup most of them come from the highveld.

  • Thabiso Snowby Bokwe - 2012-02-08 16:22

    This should be interesting... expecting an intercept or two.

  • Caroline - 2012-02-08 16:30

    Sou brannas weet dat die bulle die WP stersenter johan sadie ten duurste gekoop het met die belofte dat hy in die begin 15 sal wees, en brannas dan wag ek vir jou omvir ons te se hoeveel WP spelers die bulle nog gekoop het?

      Rene - 2012-02-08 16:47

      @Caroline, Nee Brannas sal nie weet nie want weet jy wat Caroline, die BBRU het WPRU nie 1c betaal nie. Johan Sadie het uit eie vrye wil 'n kontrak met die BBRU gesluit. Nul rand, niks, zilch!!! 2dens, die Bull spelers wil nie graag WP toe gaan nie - net die outjies wat nie perform nie, of die ouens wat naby aftree is gaan v.d. Bulle na WP toe.

      Bootman - 2012-02-08 18:34

      Rene so what you're saying is that Johan Sadie wont get paid for playing for the Bulls? Thats a new one.

      Rene - 2012-02-08 18:56

      @Bootman, do I need to draw a new picture? Read again, OK, if you still don't understand, I will explain AGAIN!!

      Brannas - 2012-02-08 19:02

      Rene, Dankie, jy spaar my die moeite om te verduidelik, Die goed daar in die Kaap is so onnosel dat ek hulle die meeste van die tyd net ignoreer. Kyk nou net wat se' die stupid Bootman, hy het die stoel heeltemal mis gesit maar jy sal net nog meer tyd mors om te verduidelik. Daai klomp daar in die kaap is maar vaak jong.

  • paul.ramncwana - 2012-02-08 16:42

    I think it's something they should of done longtime ago. He has lost the pace for the wing but his tackling is good. I can really see him doing well at center with the lines he runs and he still does have pace to breakthrough the lines.

  • Christiaan - 2012-02-08 16:43

    Daar is nie meer plek vir Habana op vleuel in die WP nie. Ook nie op senter nie. Die span is te sterk. Hulle moet hom eerder op skrummie sit waar ook op skool gejol het want al wat die WP kort is 'n goeie skrummie en 2 goeie stutte.(en miskien 'n trofee of 2)

  • Johan - 2012-02-08 16:56

    Wat van haker??

      Bambie - 2012-02-08 17:17

      Hulle gaan volgende week vir Habana a go gee daar hang net aan...

  • Emile - 2012-02-08 17:24

    Must be honest, GREAT move, Habanna had some bad form on wing (and alot of bad luck) but his workrate and defence is still excellent, he will do allot more closer to the ball & he doesn't have to go look for work, lets give him the opportunity to proof himself, he does have the record for most try's in a bok jersey! Aplon is my no 15, VERY, VERY dangerous on attack, more space for him at 15, Groom my no 9, wake up Allister, this guy is fantastic, but he wont be happy warming the bench! Van der Heever is a great wing, big and strong with alot of speed! but i am worried about the props (we need "harde baarde" in the scrum) real tanks that can scrum an opponent of the field ! Daan Human, Faan Rautenbach die kaap mis julle manne!!

  • Gert - 2012-02-09 09:22

    Kan dalk nie 'n slegte skuif wees nie. Habana het definitief spoed verloor, so dalk pas senter hom beter. Tana Umaga word gesien as van die beste senters ooit en hy het op vleuel begin en later binnesenter toe geskuif namate hy spoed begin verloor het.

  • Brent - 2012-02-10 23:30

    I still believe Habana can be a brilliant player wing or midfield if they had a solid inside center who can play the oke into space or a BRILLIANT flyhalf who controls backline play from anywhr on the pitch think abt it.............

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