Habana sets try record

2011-09-22 10:45

Johannesburg - Wing Bryan Habana has become the most prolific Test try-scorer in South African rugby history, crossing the line in the first half on Thursday against Namibia at the Rugby World Cup for his 39th try in 72 matches.

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The total eclipses former scrumhalf Joost van der Westhuizen, who scored 38 tries in 89 Tests before retiring from international rugby in 2003.

Habana swooped the left flank to outpace the defence and put the ball down under the posts in the Pool D match at North Harbour Stadium.

He had gone 11 Tests without scoring, the longest drought of a career that began in 2004. His last try was against Italy at Witbank in June 2010.

Leading all-time Springbok try scorers:

39: x-Bryan Habana
38: Joost van der Westhuizen
32: x-Jaque Fourie
26: Breyton Paulse
25: Percy Montgomery
21: Pieter Rossouw
20: James Small



  • Kaapie - 2011-09-22 10:49

    Maar a stammering performance thus far

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-22 11:02

      Yeah, the Boks mustn't take their foot off the gas...the speed limit is still 120 km/h !

      McDaNife - 2011-09-22 11:10

      Dont know what to say, you done it against the minnows of the tournament. More value if you have done it against the big guys.

      Daniel - 2011-09-22 12:40

      Marco, Smit had another good game, providing the scoring pass for three tries. Don't be silly now.

      flowing river - 2011-09-22 12:45

      Cant wait till the Samoans thrash the Boks.....!

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-09-22 13:06

      Well done South Africa! It is a game that they ought to have won convincingly, and they did win it convincingly however, it was not a faultless performance. They need to put in a really good perfomance against Samoa and win well for me to be convinced that SA are on the right track, and they need to win in the quarter finals, be it Ireland or Australia, for me to be convinced that they have indeed turned the corner. Am I being unpatriotic? No, not at all. It is too easy to impress when playing the minnows of world rugby....only to come crashing down against the stronger teams. Let us be realistic here, Namibia has to be one of the weakest teams at this years World Cup.......Currie Cup 'B' division quality. So far, so good!

      FJ2 - 2011-09-22 13:15

      @McDaNife & flowing river: We beat these guys without ever getting out of 2nd gear. We will thump Samoa badly: they allow opposition backlines too much space to run in. Everybody's underestimating this Bok team and the disrespect of guys like you is going to come back and bite you.

      CITIZEN - 2011-09-22 17:24

      ek is seker ondankbaar vir daai 87 - 0 maar hulle kon ver meer as 100 gekry het die eerste helfde was swak as hulle die balle vleels toe geswing het sou ons baie verder gewen het

  • Douw - 2011-09-22 10:49

    Welgedaan HABANA!!!!!!!! Toe jy die bal kry toe druk jy!!!!

      Hot - 2011-09-22 12:16

      hahaha...ja en toe is hy klaar vir die dag

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-22 12:25

      The assistants had to pump Habana full of Oxygen after he scored!

      Brannas - 2011-09-22 12:53

      Useless Habanana, only one gifted try against the blind school. play Hougaard if the boks wants to get somewhere.

      Johnny-BB - 2011-09-22 13:14

      ....Bryan Banana + Grandpa Smit + PDV = bye-bye World Cup....

  • Lida - 2011-09-22 10:51

    show them what you are made of. Well done.........

  • wardah.R - 2011-09-22 10:51

    YEA MAN WE ON FIRE!!!!!!!!!!

  • angelcynn - 2011-09-22 10:51

    Against the worst team at any rugby world cup fixture!! lol what an absolute joke! he like John Smit a has been, if they play like this against any tier1 rugby team, look foward to a loss!!

      Roshan - 2011-09-22 10:58

      Do you understand rugby? i bet you only watching it now because of the RWC... Dont tell me you were'nt delighted when he scored and when our captain almost broke through defence to score. If they're so bad, why are you watching and even taking the time out to post a comment??

      Mike Hoxbig - 2011-09-22 11:26

      Riiight, and all his other tries were against minnows too right? You need to get a clue before posting junk. Funny how people will kick a guy when he's down, but had no problem with him when he was scoring left right and centre.

      JMan - 2011-09-22 11:45

      I know you are right...about the worst team.....but it still hurts though... :(

      angelcynn - 2011-09-22 11:48

      15 months without a try! woohoo a try against a bunch of blind unco-ordinated wannabees, yip you right Habana is in top form, what a loser!

      Kevin - 2011-09-22 12:07

      WELL DONE TO JOHN SMIT AND THE BOKKE. JOHN SMIT ,BEST CAPTAIN OF ALL TIME .I worry about Morne Steyn who is messing the line up and also wasting kicks up field. Time to rest him.

      BokBru - 2011-09-22 12:25

      Never seen you on the rugby posts before. Tired of the netball posts so now you want to come here with your negative attitude? Well done Bryan!! Well done Bokke.

      owamin1 - 2011-09-22 13:19

      What you seem to forget is that a win is a win. Nasty comments will not make the win any less meaningful.

  • shellerjc - 2011-09-22 10:53

    you go habana

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-22 12:28

      Yep... old POLIODONKEY HAD TO BRING COLOUR into the conversation... What is it with you and COLOUR????? It is only a PIGMENT of your IMAGINATION!!!!

      brendonml - 2011-09-22 12:33

      Ehm Polo is employed by news24 to cause kak, hello.

      BokBru - 2011-09-22 12:33

      Not only his white wife, his white fans as well.

  • nzbro - 2011-09-22 10:54

    ...........................................yawn. hardly a contest at all. One way traffic. its like watching a national team play against a local club. Good effort on namibia for giving it a go anyway. and of course the boks will regard themselves as untouchable after this easy win.Its 20.50pm nz time & Im off to bed now. this match is just boring..

      Mswati - 2011-09-22 11:00

      Hey shoker, go drink yourself to bed

      bonny - 2011-09-22 11:01

      So pretty much like your game against Japan then?

      AJ2 - 2011-09-22 11:02

      much like nz against Japan. We cant pick our opponents, can we?

      robadog - 2011-09-22 11:02

      nzbro, if boring go love your sheep !!

      Mike Hoxbig - 2011-09-22 11:36

      Maybe it'll be more exciting when NZ chokes again :D

      InsideCenter - 2011-09-22 11:38

      Oh well, you must be sleeping through all your NZ pool matches then? See ya in the semi's ;)

      pants - 2011-09-22 11:53

      nzbro why do you feel the need to make comments on SA news sight, F off and go make comments on chokers news sighs.

      wombles - 2011-09-22 11:54

      4 more years you tool the majority of nz weren't even born when they last won

      Kevin - 2011-09-22 12:10

      New Zealand are on calmettes because they know the WORLD CHAMPIONS are going to kick their ars#s in thier own backyard. Go France

      GR - 2011-09-22 12:57

      nzbro. Oh well, so sorry to hear. Sleep well then ...

      Zeus vdm - 2011-09-22 13:06

      What a DROL!

      FJ2 - 2011-09-22 13:25

      @nzbro: some advice for bedtime: since your ugly wife is probably in the kitchen, scaring the mice so they could jump on the chairs and you'd like to have a nice wank imagining about you and Dan Carter: I've seen guys with tiny winkies like you using the following technique: Take some pepper, throw some on the spot where your thingy should be, and catch it with a tweezer when it sneezes.

  • Hanjo - 2011-09-22 10:54

    a little scrappy, perhaps over eager to score tries. but great to see Habana getting THAT try, hopefully people who saw the try will now be able to acknowledge Habana is still pretty damn quick!

  • Anneleen - 2011-09-22 10:55

    Habana and the Beauties...go BOKKE!!!!!!!!!

  • Girlie - 2011-09-22 10:57

    wow, well done my boy

  • wasp - 2011-09-22 10:57

    Habana try, mediocre.

      fullmoon - 2011-09-22 11:04

      A try none the less.

      wombles - 2011-09-22 11:56

      that's what the sheep said bout your performance

      Mr.Faice - 2011-09-22 12:12

      Sorry waspie, we are yet to see YOUR try. Just sayin

  • Fedup - 2011-09-22 10:58


  • Namseun - 2011-09-22 11:06

    Go NAMIBIA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Chief Kok - 2011-09-22 11:08

    If I were him, I would have liked to score that record winning try against the best team in the world - the mighty All Blacks. But from my side; sincere congratulations to Brian. He deserves it.

      Eugene van der Merwe - 2011-09-22 11:20

      Great sportsmanship Mr. Kok. I dissagree, with a lot of your comments, but atleast you talk sense and one can see you are a true rugby supporter. And i'm a TRUE BOK SUPPORTER!!!!! So I'm supposed to dislike your comments!!! See you in the semi's buddy!!! gonna be a cracker!!!

      Hubbles - 2011-09-22 11:22

      Yeah, the blwong of trumpets on Namibia....What a joke. Play real opposition and then we will see

      Hannes van der Linde - 2011-09-22 11:36

      Hubbles, I bet you a lot of those 38 tries were scored against real opposition. You're the joke boy

      Kevin - 2011-09-22 12:15

      The World Champions are the best team in the WORLD . SA. We only took the trophy there to show teh new Zealanders what it looks like as they cannot remember. Chokers can dream as well.

      Chief Kok - 2011-09-22 12:24

      Who is No. 1 on IRB rankings. That determines who is the best team.

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-22 12:33

      Chief Kok.... this is RWC.... notWorld RUGBY RANKINGS!!!! Who are the CURRENT WORLD CHAMPIONS? Sorry.... speak up.... Little louder Chief.... OH...sorry..... did you say the SPRINGBOKS? Yes... you are right...

      Johnny-BB - 2011-09-22 13:22

      ...2011 World Champions = All Blacks...!! .........Proteas out in quarter finals....

      Chandré Pelser - 2011-09-22 13:40

      @Chief Kok: Why do we have a World Cup if the best team is determined by the rankings?

      RandomDude - 2011-09-22 20:43

      No Kok , If there is one thing the WC have shown us over the years it's that the IRB ranking is not a very accurate measure of a team.

  • icegee - 2011-09-22 11:10

    Wonderful! Set the bars higher boy!

  • lorrenzo - 2011-09-22 11:33

    Poor Namibia please guys they are still our brothers don't humiliate them like this!Go Bokke

      Eugene van der Merwe - 2011-09-22 11:39

      haha!!! You can't help feeling for the okes from Namibia, but the boks gotta do what the boks gotta do!!! It's a World Cup after all?

      Krush - 2011-09-22 12:05

      *proudly Namibian* These guys still play with heart. They work normal 8- 5 jobs and don't get paid to play. It's for the love of the game. Well done to the Bokke! Goodluck for the WC games ahead!

      Illuminated - 2011-09-22 13:15

      i only got worried when ruan pienaar came on.. that guy really is useless

  • pants - 2011-09-22 11:51

    Congratulations Habana, now you've got the record please retire....NOW

      pants - 2011-09-22 12:09

      Why the thumbs down..... does anyone think he played a good game? he made a lot of handling errors and poor decisions. I mean no disrespect to a great player but given Hougard's and JP's performances they should undoubtedly be the first choice wings. WC no place to be sentimental.

  • oliver.puckree - 2011-09-22 11:53

    You got to be in it, to win it so we are there we just have to carry on the way we are and push harder for the big guns, we have the best players so don't hate the player hate the game.....

  • Kevin - 2011-09-22 12:02

    He He , The All Blacks just sent out for Calmettes. They know they are not going to beat the World Champions and are going to get whipped in their own backyard.

  • Lorraine - 2011-09-22 12:02

    Well done Hababa, well done Bokke

  • Siyavuma - 2011-09-22 12:18

    go bokke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Totman - 2011-09-22 12:23

    Glad I am not Ashwin. R 8 700.00.LOL!!!! Good deed from him anyway!!!!!

  • MikeThompson - 2011-09-22 12:35

    Fantastic performance considering the performance of other top teams against the minnows in this world cup. Would all those that are bashing Smit and Habana please post pictures of their world cup winners medals, IRB player of the year medals, Currie Cup medals, Tri-Nations winners medals, Super15 winners medals etc etc. Oh wait, you don't have any...

  • Otello - 2011-09-22 13:22

    Kom Jacque Fourie - die rekord is binne jou bereik.

  • dumisani - 2011-09-22 13:26

    well done boys,keep up the good work. Bring back that trophy and make us proud.

  • Lonewolfman - 2011-09-22 13:55

    Go Boy Go! well done and much deserved may this be the beginning of a try feast this world cup.

      Gk - 2011-09-22 15:16

      That is racist to call him boy!

  • HJS - 2011-09-22 14:04

    Ok good, at last now they found a game for him to scrore that 1 more elusive try. (After how many games since the 38th?) Now be over and done with him in the team. We can not afford to risk a player as far past his sell by date as Brian in the remaining games,

      Jason - 2011-09-22 14:20

      HJS - Let me guess you are a Springbok Rugby coach on your couch at home, and know better.. right!!

  • Richard - 2011-09-22 14:12

    Go Jaque Fourie!

  • wozlocksley - 2011-09-22 14:20

    @flowing river - you will be waiting a long long long time for that to happen. it wont be in this lifetime or the next.

  • Gk - 2011-09-22 15:11

    His white wife will be proud of him!

      Dmitri - 2011-09-22 17:40

      @gk, seek help. Well done Habana. I wonder if Joost contacted him to congratulate him?

  • R8FreaksePa - 2011-09-23 07:17

    Ag jou beauty!!! Great to see it :-)

  • Jekl&Hyde - 2011-09-23 07:55

    Habana scored 1 try for the record and then he stopped playing and became a spectator!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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