Habana's blood stays blue

2009-06-01 09:41

JJ Harmse

Pretoria – The brilliant performance of the Bulls in this year’s Super 14 could convince Bryan Habana to stick with the Loftus Versfeld outfit next season.

Habana’s contract with the Bulls expires at the end of the current season and he will consider a new offer from the union as well as several others from overseas.

After the victory by the Bulls in Saturday’s final, Habana had nothing but praise for the exceptional spirit and camaraderie of the team, which posed the question why he would want to leave once his contract expires.

“This is a very special group of people and it was for me, personally, a fantastic experience over the past six months. Look at this team, look at their character. Hopefully we also made the supporters proud to be Bulls.”

About his continued career with the Bulls, he was equally positive.

“I've been very happy here over the past four years. We have something special going on here and you don’t find it in other places in the world. On top of this, we are supported by wonderful team-mates and management,” said Habana.

“That will definitely be something to consider when I make my decision, but it's still two months down the line and not something that I have to think about now,” he said.

According to Habana, this victory was not the Bulls’ last.

“This was hopefully a foundation for our future players who will wear this wonderful jersey.”

Bulls centre Wynand Oliver will soon have to make the same decision.

Olivier has been flooded with offers from especially France, but he has indicated that he is in no hurry to decide.

“My situation is the same as Bryan’s, I have two months left to think about it. For now, I just want to enjoy this moment. There is still enough time to decide about the future,” he said.

Olivier missed the semi-final against the Crusaders due to an injured hip, but managed to finish Saturday’s game without any problems.

He was named man of the match by the commentators.

“At one stage I received a hard blow to my hip, but I could feel that I was all right. That was quite a relief. I was very happy I could carry on.”

Olivier went on to express his delight with his Super 14 season.

“It went well and I couldn’t have asked for more. The final in front of our home crowd was a special moment.”

He had sympathy for his fellow centre, Jaco Pretorius, who missed his first Super 14 try after losing the ball just before scoring.

“The moment was perhaps just a little too big for him. He was a bit sad afterwards. We tried to give him another chance but it didn’t work out.”

“But he had a very good match, so that lost opportunity will probably not bother him for long,” said Olivier.


  • Duan Meintjes - 2009-06-01 09:49

    Hou by die Blou Habana!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Daniel - 2009-06-01 10:29

    You are the speed KING!:-))

  • Jaco - 2009-06-01 10:46

    Brian bly by di bulle man!

  • Die Griek - 2009-06-01 11:11

    I would just like to ask people like Larry and others , who posted the follwing post on JJ's previous Column a question........ "I am one of those people hoping the Bulls loose this weekend. I am SAfrican & a Sharks support, but coming sat i will be routing for the Chiefs. One simple reason, the Bulls play old fashioned boring inexpansive rugby which i HATE to watch." Well Larry here it goes: How does it feel to make a total tit of yourself on the blogs?

  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-01 11:17

    From a Sharks supporter & ex player - Bulls were outstanding - hope the bok team is selected on merit (ha ha) and those just not up to it ie J Smit, JP Pieterson, E Rose, E Januarie, R Kankowski & F Steyn (glory boys) plus a few more - are not selected. PLEASE bring in talented game breaking backs such as J Peterson before they set-off to the UK or elsewhere and international glory there. Pienaar at scrum half behind Du Preez - M Steyn a MUST at 10 - SA rugby plays only this form of rugby, we are not Fiji

  • sam murfin - 2009-06-01 11:27

    My bloed bly maar blou. Die Blou Bulle is 'n span wat die hele land kan laat trots voel. Dankie aan al die Blou Bulle. Well Done

  • Steve - 2009-06-01 12:17

    G@D help the touring Lions if just half of the Bok team is made of the boys in blue....shamepies! Man for man, the Bulls could be one of the finest rugby sides to have ever walked this planet...and Im from Stormers country!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-01 12:21

    Wie anders soek hom???

  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-01 12:53


  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-01 13:21

    Habana is 'n legend. Baie mense kyk op na jou. Daar is ook 'n artikel wat gaan oor die ou SA vlag wat by die wedstryd aan die einde van die wedstryd uitgestaan het. Adjunk Minister Oosthuizen het gesê dit is nie reg nie en 'n klap in die huidige regering se gesig. En ek moet eerlik wees. Ek is 'n blanke Suid-Afrikaner, en dit was regtig eintlik 'n "kommin" ding om te doen, en ek dink die meerderheid van julle sal saam my stem. Nee man, kom ons hou op om vas te kyk in die verlede. Die ou regering het ook maar 'n hele paar goed verkeerd gedoen. En dit is nou al 15 jaar terug. Kom bietjie by.

  • Fanie - 2009-06-01 13:22

    ek het gehoor habana gaan wp toe volgende jaar.

  • Gtr - 2009-06-01 14:34

    Fanie, ja, Habana gaan seker weer Pretoria toe.

  • Alf - 2009-06-01 14:37

    DIE GRIEK Dink jy voel baie k..... na daai score ne,wel speel anyway jy like solank jy wen,hoe kan n span nice speel en verloor.Nee jong jou koppie raas.Ek WP man,maar jy is so jealous,galla jy kan omval

  • Stephen - 2009-06-01 14:38

    Im a Shark supporter in the UK... Just wanna say Excellent game Bulls you make us proud to be South African At least something good is happening in SA!

  • Die Griek - 2009-06-01 15:16

    ALF. Are you a bit slow? I did not say that I supported the Chiefs. It was Larry's words amongst others, that I quoted. They should feel like twits after an excellent BULLS performance.

  • Che - 2009-06-01 15:25

    I am a South African black man who loves Rugby. So once more well done Bulls for a resounding victory. This sends clear signs to the rest of the world that SA Rugby is doing something right be it transformation, contracting good players etc. My Afrikaans is ok and I am terribly disturbed that Anonymous used his lunch hour to suggest that flying the old flag was common and that we should get with the program., I don’t think we should normalize bad behaviour "dit was 'n kommin ding om te doen nie"... Die mens wie so trots daai vlag gewaai het moes hom/haarself indink wat die gevolge sou wees. Hoe kan ons 5/6 swart spelers in a span he en nog met blydsakp die ou vlag waai... You are correct in your assertion that 15 years have come and gone...I sincerely hope that the person waving the old flag retreats to a cave and stay there.

  • Bull in Cayman - 2009-06-01 16:35

    @ Che - Your Afrikaans might be ok, but you misunderstood the meaning/context the word "kommin" was used in. When you describe something or someone as kommin, it is in the similar to saying they are white trash! So the previous poster did not approve of it either. Well done Bulls

  • Peet - 2009-06-01 16:52

    Che, thanks for your comment. I have to agree with your sentiments on people still waving old flags, but the same implies to South Africans supporting the All Blacks. Both groups still want to live in a pre 1994 South Africa. Well done Bulls!

  • you kock - 2009-06-01 20:25

    To whoever waved the old SA flag, no words can describe the contempt and and complete lack of respect that I have for you. It only takes one rotten apple to spoil a great occasion and you are rotten to the core. p!ss off

  • Bra G - 2009-06-01 21:31

    The old flag is in no way at all representative of the Loftus community of loyal supporters of their team. These are passionate "mense" and they love the game of Rugby and have embraced every member of the team . The only color bias they have is that the color of the players jersey is BLUE! Congratulations on a magnificent victory for every South African. Voorspoed. Peace, Bra G.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-02 11:42

    Alf rerig, jy sukkel nie net om te lees nie, maar dit lyk my skryf is ook nie een van jou talente nie. Die Griek, ek stem saam jou, ek hoop Larry en sy buddies voel nou lekker ..... Ek self is 'n Lion, maar ek het my longe uitgeskree vir die Bulle. Of hulle taktiek nou outyds was of nie, hulle het skitterend gespeel.

  • Che - 2009-06-02 15:33

    @ Bull in Cayman. My apologies for Taking Anonymous' Afrikaans views out of Context.... It was not my intentions to obfuscate the views posted. I do however appreciate the broad consensus on the old flag... hopefully everyone will start speaking about the elephant in the room and not ignore it. @ Peet I agree that there are two sides to a coin and that your issues need serious redressing... I don’t necessarily have a view with people supporting whomever they want to I am sure there would have been some SA supporters rooting for the Chiefs… I would however not want to lose sight of your valid point but think that the two scenarios are different… one is malicious to the core the other well lets just say these are misguided South Africans..hehehehe

  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-05 07:42

    One little flag waved and it is doomsday, public rooting by the SA coach for a political party and it is nothing? Please leave politics out of sport.

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