Jean backs partner Habana

2012-02-08 22:21

Cape Town - Stormers centre Jean de Villiers doesn't foresee any problems for Bryan Habana slotting into the Stormers midfield against the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee on Wednesday surprised by picking Habana at outside centre, a position he hasn't played in since 2006.

Habana is the second Springbok wing to make the switch to centre in the last week after the Sharks played JP Pietersen there in a trial match last Friday.

And centre partner De Villiers feels Habana has what it takes to shine at outside centre.

"Bryan has the characteristics to be a good outside centre. He is a good decision maker and his pace is fantastic," De Villiers told Die Burger.

"It's becoming a trend now amongst wingers to shift to outside centre. Tana Umaga (New Zealand) and Aurélien Rougerie (France) walked the same road after they became Test players."

Habana last played at No 13 in 2006, a game in which he partnered De Villiers in the Boks' midfield against Ireland in Dublin. South Africa lost badly (32-15) that day at a windy Lansdowne Road.

And Habana said he is eager to have a better outing in the midfield this time round.

"Pretty excited to be back in 13. I started playing my professional rugby there at the Lions in 2004 and became a Springbok, so looking forward to the opportunity.

"I played there once in 2006 for the Boks and that didn't go too well, so hopefully I'll be able to make up this weekend," he said via a video clip on the Stormers' Facebook page.


Kings: 15 Tiger Mangweni, 14 Marcello Sampson, 13 Jaco Bekker, 12 Wayne Stevens, 11 Norman Nelson, 10 Shane Gates, 9 Falie Oelschig, 8 Luke Watson (captain), 7 Vleis Engelbrecht, 6 Mpho Mbiyozo, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Darron Nell, 3 Clint Newland, 2 Hannes Franklin, 1 Jaco Engels.

Substitutes: 16 Bobby Dyer, 17 Zane Killian, 18 Andre Schlechter, 19 Wayne van Heerden, 20 Reynier Bernardo, 21 Boetie Britz, 22 Thembelani Bholi, 23 Dustin Jinka, 24 Earl Rose, 25 Dwayne Jenner, 26 Kieran Goss.

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.


  • Anneleen - 2012-02-08 22:58

    ...Habana...gooi een van jou "sidesteps"...jou dapper hart en vlytige voete sal werk...sterkte!!!

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-08 23:02

      Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

      Anneleen - 2012-02-09 02:28

      ....ja Bulldozer...Spies is nou jou span se kaptein...jou kommentaar?

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-09 02:44

      Regte man vir die job.

      Willem - 2012-02-09 06:51

      @BullDozer sien jou leer nog tik

      Willem - 2012-02-09 09:55

      @Blue jy het nie eers 'n naam nie so seker geen persoonlikheid ook nie

      Mielie - 2012-02-09 10:56

      Habana bly in 'n Cabana

      Bambie - 2012-02-09 18:52

      Blue... die knatter kop wat so soek vir aandag..ignore hom net...ek neem aan hy is een van daai hartseer kinders...

  • Dawie - 2012-02-08 22:59

    HA HA HA HA Jean reckons Habanas pace is fantastic!! Well i guess coming from someone who can do the 100m in just over a minute anything else looks like pace. There is no slower centre than these two idiots in the whole of SA

      Shaun Robinson - 2012-02-09 00:34

      At least they can still run without coughing up a lung Dawie. When last did you run the 100m???

      Dawie - 2012-02-09 00:47

      @Shaun I've done the 100m under 10.67s numerous times. I know you'll laugh and have something to say, so give me some contact details and I can send certificates over to you.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-09 00:58

      Dawie, ons sit hier met n ou wat vir Jason soos Brad Pitt laat lyk. Check sy profile picks. Hy is belaglik lelik.

      Bambie - 2012-02-09 01:22

      LOL...Bull...Brad Pitt...LOL...ek lag lekker....LOL...

      Bambie - 2012-02-09 01:25

      Bull hy is een van daai Centurion manne wat skyf af kaap toe gemaak het want dit is mos soort cousins..jy weet waarvan ek praat...

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-09 01:36

      Ja nee, ek weet van daai.

      Dawie - 2012-02-09 03:09

      @Bull Goeie f@k, jy's reg, die ding is absoluut afgryslik vieslik!! En dan het hy die guts om hier op te kom!! HA HA HA HA Shaun jou flippen modder otter

      Dawie - 2012-02-09 08:11

      Sertifikate ..............uuuuuhhhhhmmmmm - how about brains en IK ?? 10,67 ............... waar het jy oorgeslaap want met so n tyd moes jy iewers oornag het !!!!!!!!!!

      Jason - 2012-02-09 08:16

      Wow Dawie, JDV is actually one of the fastest centres in SA rugby over 100m, the problem is a centre needs acceleration to get through gaps which JDV doesnt have. In 2007 Rugby World Cup he was the fastest over 100m in the whole squad. You must remember that players dont often run 100m in rugby, its shorter 40 - 60 meter runs. but once he is at full flight there are very few who can catch him. but lets wait and see........Time will tell

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-02-09 08:27

      Does it matter how fast/slow they are? Because in SA we play the "kick and chase", or "skop en kyk rond" game. If you watched the France/Italy game you would have seen precious little kicking. And what kicking there was, was planned and intelligent.

      Shaun Robinson - 2012-02-09 08:48

      @Dawie.... Ya back in 1978...

      Dawie - 2012-02-09 15:54

      @Fake Dawie It wasn't my major sport, it was just in fitness sessions that I ran that. I won SA schools in the 110m hurdles, played SA universities tennis (against many other countries over 4 years) and major sport for me rugby. SA schools, SA universities, and WP u-21, yes unfortunately WP, that's why I never became a Sprongbok. Ag en nou is ek 'n onsettend suksesvolle ortopeed in Kanada soos jy weet. Wat van jou?

      Dawie - 2012-02-09 15:56

      @Jay JDV was NEVER the quickest in any team he played for. Not even when he was considered the best centre in the world. Not even close

      Jason - 2012-02-10 18:05

      @Dawie, In 2007 just before the lads went to the world cup, i asked the Physio of the Boks who the fastest player over 100m was in the squad.............He didnt hesitate with his answer. Jean de Villiers. Its just what I was told.

  • Bambie - 2012-02-09 00:22

    Ja dit is wat hartseer kind vir sy partner gese het die naweek in die club....Jy is n ster senter ... Ek wonder wie die ou aan die anderkant is???

  • bernard.ingram - 2012-02-09 02:35

    Really? He was a total disaster at a certain world cup in that position! So it is true he has lost pace?

  • Brannas - 2012-02-09 06:24

    Jean is a star, disaSTAR. Two over the hill centers, what are they thinking??? I suppose when you drown, you grab at anything.

      Saffa - 2012-02-09 08:23

      Correct @Brannas - hence Spies captaining the Bulls. Desperation is a dastardly old thing.

      Saffa - 2012-02-09 10:10

      Fantastic athlete - yes. Then again, so am I when it comes to gym. Fantastic rugby player? = that little debate finally ended when 50kg Israel Dagg stormed right over "Yster" Spies.......

  • glagrange - 2012-02-09 06:43

    How shocking, Jean DV supporting this change! Did you really expect him to tell people he does not? Even if he thought its a crap idea he wouldn't be saying it publicly...

  • Michael - 2012-02-09 06:50

    A sad day for us Province supporters - this is what happens when you overcapitalize! Paid a fortune for Mr Habana's services as a specialist wing and now, a very short while into our investment, we're forced to find the man another position while bullsh1tting ourselves that it's a great tactical move - sad, sad day

      Brannas - 2012-02-09 10:29

      It's nice to see that someone in the Cape have some savvy. I salute you Michael.

      Bambie - 2012-02-09 18:56

      Nee wat ek haal my hoed af...en mag miskien n knieg buig ook...

  • Marius - 2012-02-09 07:07

    I like the flyhalf match-up for this game. Two exciting u/21 players against each other. Shane Gates was one of the stars in the EP Kings u/21 side last year and has already had a few runs for the senior team from the replacement bench as a 19 y/o and did very well there too.

  • Marius van der Sandt - 2012-02-09 07:36

    As jou supporters se byname goed soos brannas en bulldozer kan mens verstaan hoekom hulle drank en sigarette verban het by Loftus. LMFAO.

      Shistirrer - 2012-02-09 09:13

      Dis hoog tyd dat hulle fugly ook verban, maar dan is Loftus leeg.

      Saffa - 2012-02-09 10:11

      @Shistirrer - you reckon they FUGLY up north? I agree with the UGLY bit....not the F bit......(not even if my survival depended on it......)

      Shistirrer - 2012-02-09 10:20

      Saffa, the "F" bit was definitely not meant in a fornicatory sense, but as the Urban Dictionary states "Describes someone who is so far beyond ugly, they are f**king ugly." Heaven forbid that the Loftus crowd should BREED.

      Brannas - 2012-02-09 11:04

      Shistirrer, You wasting your time trying to explain to Saffa, You can’t fix stupid

      Shistirrer - 2012-02-09 11:15

      Brannas, you should know first hand that you cant fix fugly, either.

      Brannas - 2012-02-09 11:34

      Yeah I know!!! Thats why I gave up on Jason.

      Shistirrer - 2012-02-09 12:11

      Brannas, your experience was more personal than that.

  • hc12345 - 2012-02-09 07:43

    Die bulls het Habana weg gejaag toe sy tyd op was. WP het dit nou eers agter gekom!

  • hvanderlinde - 2012-02-09 07:50

    Quite exciting, wens hulle het die game uitgesaai. Sou wou kyk hoe die twee click

  • aubrey.gloster - 2012-02-09 08:39

    Shaun hierdie gesprek gaan oor rugby. Nie sokker nie. O ja Blacburn Rovers is ook net sulke groot losers soos die WP/Stormers.

      Shaun Robinson - 2012-02-09 08:50

      Aubrey don't be so narrow minded buddy, who made the semi's last year??? You only as good as your last season...

      Shistirrer - 2012-02-09 09:14

      The Bulls cannot even make a semi with the help of a blue pill.

      Shistirrer - 2012-02-09 11:18

      @Blue - I'm not surprised that you know Viagra is blue. Probably where you derived your name from.

      Mielie - 2012-02-09 11:18

      Shaun you must win a cup to be good. You havent won a Super in 19 seasons nor a Vodacom Cup in 14 seasons nor a Currie in 11 seasons.If you dont win a tournament you are no good Rover sucker

      Shistirrer - 2012-02-09 12:15

      Blue, never attempt a battle of wits when you are unarmed. It makes you look stoopid.

  • Ryan - 2012-02-09 08:57

    Is Schalk injured or are they just giving the others a run?

      Marius - 2012-02-09 09:06

      Schalk wasn't picked, because he could not train with the team as he was in the UK at the Laureus awards and was only due back in Cape Town last night.

      Mielie - 2012-02-09 11:14

      Schalk is deur 'n Valk gespalk toe hy begin balk oor Habana se kalk

      Mielie - 2012-02-09 11:25

      No the others ran over Schalck gie gie gie geeeee gie

  • Hoo - 2012-02-09 09:22

    "Jean backs partner Habana"- .. as hy dit ni doen gaan niemand anders ni??

      Mielie - 2012-02-09 11:27

      Jean massages Habanas back....softly

      Dawie - 2012-02-09 18:17

      @Hoo Ek is seker hy't al of 'n man of 'n merino plesier gegee

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