Habana impresses in new role

2012-02-13 08:59

Gavin Rich - SuperSport

Johannesburg - Springbok wing Bryan Habana appeared to impress his coach Allister Coetzee in his new role of outside centre in the DHL Stormers’ 38-13 win over the Kings in a Super Rugby warm-up fixture in Port Elizabeth at the weekend.

Habana was tried in the No13 jersey as another Springbok, Juan de Jongh, who is expected to be the Stormers first choice outside centre this year, was out with an injury (sore jaw). According to reports on the game, the Stormers impressed on attack against a Kings team determined to tackle them to a standstill, and Habana fitted in well in the midfield.

Coetzee said that Habana combined well with skipper Jean de Villiers and made a couple of telling contributions on attack that made him look the part.

“I am very happy with how he played. He just made one defensive lapse, from which they scored, but it was in the last minute of the game,” said Coetzee.

However that may have been understandable as it does take time to get used to the defensive requirements at outside centre, a position which is a crucial part of the Stormers’ defensive system.

“The good thing was his form on attack. He was really penetrative and he ran good lines in the midfield, and is a good option to use there should we need to call on him during the Super Rugby season.”

The Stormers were held in the first half but turned on their attacking game in the second as they sharpened their play in the final dress-rehearsal before the opening Super Rugby fixture against the Hurricanes at Newlands on 25 February.


  • Shane - 2012-02-13 09:13

    Anything would impress a coach with such low standards.

  • Vincent - 2012-02-13 09:15

    He made his Curry Cup debut at centre playing for the Lions, so what is so new about this role?

  • marcus.daily3 - 2012-02-13 09:24

    So you sell J. Sadie and move Bruno to 13? I know J. Fourie tossed the middle finger to WP, leaving them a bit short on centre court, but still.....Bruno? #CadreDeployment.

  • Herman - 2012-02-13 09:25

    Well, he has to start playing rugby again....somewhere

  • Terence Craig Berry - 2012-02-13 09:26

    He 'impressed' against the Kings...?

  • steyts - 2012-02-13 09:40

    The Kings are useless. Play him on centre against the sharks or the bulls and then you can really say if he impresses anyone at centre. But, you probably won't experiment in that way against a big side. WP JOU LEKKE DING!!!

  • Christie - 2012-02-13 09:46

    One defensive lapse ... from which they scored. Remember the defensive lapse of John Smit from which the All Blacks scored last year? That cost us the game.

  • Jacques - 2012-02-13 09:51

    AC het verseker nie die hele 80min gekyk nie, want Habana het n below par game gehad, hy het een goeie pass weggekry wat aan Joe Pietersen n drie gegee het. Jean de Villiers het hom laat goed lyk en so ook die res van die span. Harde werk le vir Habana voor. Die Kings het ook goeie spel gelewer en ek hoop hul het n paar goeie dinge geleer in die wedstryd, hulle moet net leer om 80min rugby te speel.

  • Schalk - 2012-02-13 10:08

    Shane, Ruan - grow up, act your age and not your mentality!

  • malcz11 - 2012-02-13 15:20

    ALL you habana haters need to vokof if you guys have so much to say then why arnt you professional playerss?? i bet ya'll just fat low life trolls that has nothing better to do <3 habana my idol

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