White: Habana a weak link

2011-08-15 14:24

Canberra - Jake White has expressed misgivings about the Springbok defence, highlighting Bryan Habana’s wing as a potential Achilles heel.

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Speaking from his RugbyXV website, White said he did not agree with the perception that the Springbok defence had shown an improvement.

“Much was talked about the Bok defence and the improvement we'd see, but I thought it was essentially the same standard as last year.”

White expressed the belief that although the Springboks had conceded only one try, he didn’t feel the Springboks were properly tested on the day.

“The Wallabies dropped many balls in contact on the first phase, which meant they didn't put much pressure on the Bok defence. Once that happens, then we'll see how the structure looks, once sides put a few phases together against them. In essence, they weren't tested.”

“When the game loosened up just before half-time when the Wallabies knocked on with the line beckoning, and during periods of the second half, the Boks were exposed badly. And it could've been worse, which is even more disconcerting,” White opined.

White said that the same errors were being repeated and pinpointed Habana as a leading culprit.

“Bryan Habana's wing has again been targeted. It's a lingering problem that has still not been solved. The Wallabies' try on Saturday again came on Habana's flank, and the Boks should be asking why most of the tries against them in recent times are on his side.”

“For Pat McCabe's score, simple hands to Habana's flank gave them the try, where the winger was absent,” White noted.

White gravely expressed the view that if the Springbok management continued to ignore the side's defensive deficiencies and failed to correct them, the World Cup outlook appeared bleak.

“Peter de Villiers said we won the game everywhere but on the scoreboard, and no wonder he's still optimistic and 90% sure we'll win the World Cup,” White said.


  • Johann - 2011-08-15 14:30

    Jake, you turned into a massive chop. Shutup.

      whatsinaname - 2011-08-15 14:38

      Ummm...I think he has done more than PdV and has the right to comment. Maybe if we took his comments seriously we could do better. Habana was found wanting on defence especially with his consistant attempts at interceptions. This is what cost us the game. Chop.

      Bellakanoose - 2011-08-15 14:39

      Agree with you there Jake. Habana is useless! Comes off his line, leaves holes! Beast played better on the wing than Beef Boy Hablunda!

      GILLBERT - 2011-08-15 14:42

      sorry to say but jake is right... he just said what we all knew what never want to hear it.. especially in a world cup year.... those glory boy breaks to try and intercept is costing the boks hell of allot more than john smits inclusion in the bok team

      LOGIC - 2011-08-15 14:42

      @whatsinaname That is all that Jake (with Eddie Jones) have won. Jake lost with a full strength team 49-0 to Oz in Canberra and never won in NZ! Snorre has won twice in NZ!

      ZotBot - 2011-08-15 14:48

      Whatever, Jake won a World Cup, so clearly he knows a lot. Besides defence, we need that Cheryl Calder lady back. Our guys have forgotten how to catch a ball. Danie Rossow, Pierre Spies, Jacques Fourie all need to go on ball skills training with immediate effect !!!

      Licikityspit - 2011-08-15 14:48

      I get that Jake feels the needs to give his input, but did his Bok team not lose 49-0 to the wallabies before the 2007 world cup and lose to Ireland ? Just Asking??

      ZotBot - 2011-08-15 14:53

      @ Kityspit, no the Boks didn't loose to Ireland, they lost to Paul Honis

      whatsinaname - 2011-08-15 14:54

      @Logic You forgot to mention the Tri Nations in 2004. Just another trophy he can add to his collection. At this rate if we lose against the AB's on Saturday it will be the first whitewash for us in the 3N's. Just another stat that PdV can add to his collection. Game for game...there will always be winners and's the trophies that count.

      SCAM - 2011-08-15 15:08

      UM Johann,he's absolutely on point.

      Circa - 2011-08-15 15:12

      White is right and black is wrong and Habana is in the middle,what to do? I will keep Banana in the team for now.

      JustinD - 2011-08-15 15:12

      Why because he speaks are the chop Johann.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-08-15 15:32

      Just put a sock in it lost your right to comment when you fled to Aussie. Lets see how the Brumbies perform next year!

      whiteass - 2011-08-15 15:36

      @ johan That chop won the world cup with 70% of our current Springbok players. Habana has not scored a try in his last 8 games for the Springboks, he has lost speed and only plays with the hopes of an intercept try putting him on the back foot in defense. He is past his prime.

      Hanjo - 2011-08-15 15:37

      You guys are clueless, Habana is by far our best option on the left wing? do you really think guys like Mvovo or Basson would be able to play half the game Habana consistently delivers ?(with the amount of ball Springbok wings get - specially in tight games) Please, you guys aren't fooling anyone but yourselves...Habana was the best winger on the park on fools.

      clark - 2011-08-15 15:39

      - Have to agree with White . Habana has'nt been the same since his fame and stardom. That initial hunger has deserted him. It shows in his demeanour. Great pity.

      whiteass - 2011-08-15 15:41

      @Hanjo You must be watching re-runs of his games when he played for the Bulls and the 2007 World Cup

      ZotBot - 2011-08-15 15:43

      @ Clark Since Banana went to Peroxide Provice to further his modelling career, he hasn't been the same player ...

      Licikityspit - 2011-08-15 15:50

      All jake is doing is spreading negativity, the Tri Nations means nothing in World Cup Year. Say what you want about whoever, My blood is green no matter who they put in the TEAM!

      Hanjo - 2011-08-15 15:58

      @Whiteass, no, are you saying Habana had a bad game? and that O'Connor , JP or Ioane did more than him or had better games? because if you're honest, you'd be able to admit that Ioane did nothing, neither did O'Connor besides missing penalties. JP was rather quiet...Habana was the best wing on the field...I know you need to blame some player, or criticize someone, but at least get someone who didn't perform.

      Hanjo - 2011-08-15 16:05

      if Habana has lost so much speed, how was he able to outsprint the 21 year old James O'Connor?

      whiteass - 2011-08-15 16:07

      @ Hanjo Habana has not had a good game since he moved to the WP, and the fact that he had a better game than some of his ordinary looking teammates does not automatically make him a better player. The Springboks have problem in their backline, and the All Blacks will show how ordinary they are this weekend.

      whiteass - 2011-08-15 16:10

      @ Hanjo Habana has not had a good game since he moved to the WP, and the fact that he had a better game than some of his ordinary looking teammates does not automatically make him a better player. The Springboks have problem in their backline, and the All Blacks will show how ordinary they are this weekend.

      Howzitekse - 2011-08-15 16:12

      Jake was a good defencive coach, but knows nothing about attack. The only time his team could score was from intercepts.

      adrian.strydom - 2011-08-15 16:49 you honestly think that Jake offered his comments without a journalist CONTACTING HIM AND ASKING FOR COMMENT ?!!!! If you do then you're just as much an idiot and a 'chop' as you think Jake is. He was treated like s**t by SARU after winning the world cup, and I think anyone would be bitter with that treatment. Are you saying that he should ' not say anything unless it's nice ?'

      Mrgreeky - 2011-08-15 16:54

      @Zotbot Very good observation about Cheryl Calder, worked with Aussie cricket, won world cup, worked with England rugby won world cup, Wilkinson was pointing at her when he slotted the winning drop goal, his words "that one is yours" worked with Springboks result world cup. I know she worked with Brian Habana at that time he credited her with his hand eye coordination the speed of his feet and the ability to read the intercept. Another world class performer that is using her talents Heki Kovaleinen F1 racing driver to improve his reflex and periferal vision. I need to place world cup bets I wonder who she working with now?

      roboman1 - 2011-08-15 16:56

      well Johan, you have been outvoted, people seem to think Jake White has the right to chirp, he has earned his stripes. Nevertheless, I disagree with his view that the Boks didnt show marked improvement, but I do agree that Habana's side is consistently exposed

      Kevin - 2011-08-15 17:11

      Remember Jake made a World Cup look easy. Listen and Learn or go back to watching Netball Johann

      Riaan - 2011-08-15 17:34

      Facts brother

      Grant - 2011-08-15 17:36

      You idiots and your 49-0 chirps. A one-off bad game is a whole lot better than consistent failures. White lost heavily, then FIXED the problem...yet Div sits and watches the same problems week after week and somehow expects different results? I agree with the criticism of Habanna. Habanna is not useless, but flaws have crept into his game. You dont need to drop the guy, but you DO need to work on what he is doing wrong (loosely described as COACHING) One area I disagree with white - Aus dropping the ball in contact has a lot to do with the contact itself - solid defense will make that happen. Here, credit should be given.

      grant9 - 2011-08-16 00:43

      @ Grant. Habana and a few other players were great in 2007 but they are now past their prime. I believe if Jake White had not been fired (or call it what you will) he would have re-built the boks into a formidable team. I know we are going to do badly in the WC thanks to ANC interference.

      Reindeer - 2011-08-16 01:37

      @LOGIC And what he has won is what matters, everything else, whilst reasonably important, does not matter as much as the World Cup. Let's see how Snorre goes in NZ then take out the long knives to both Jake and Snorre where appropriate.

      AJ - 2011-08-16 02:23

      @Johann, why shutup? For being right? It is what it is.

      Dips - 2011-08-16 03:43

      @Johann - Fool! The Bokke has no chance in this worldcup. They won't even make the semi's. They, the goverment have a typical social obligation and that is it. This Springbok team that played the Aussies failed, if that is the best we have we should look at competing only against Africa. I can recall same ass minister said that some time ago. Fools!

      Laeveldleeu - 2011-08-16 05:33

      Geluk met jou 200 afduimpies Johannnnnnnn!

      Gazza69 - 2011-08-16 09:03

      Have to concede Jake is spot on.....Habana tries too hard for the intercept and creates an overlap too often.

      Dragonpig - 2011-08-16 09:30

      Firstly, Jake White never made excuses for losing. Even against Ireland he said after the game we should have put it behind us and continued with the game because we still had the talent to win even with the questionable call and we didn't. also in losing the games everyone is so cynical about, he found Frans Steyn, JP Pietersen, Bryan Habana, Bismarck du Plesis, Jean de Villiers, Jacque Fourie and a whole lot of other players. He won the tri nations in 2004 but that team didn't continue to the world cup because players lost form and better players emerged. Jake White won theWorld cup in 2007, PdV has used that same team to win 2008 tri nations, Lions tour and hopinjg they'll win him the world cup, he has to be a coach and make decisions. In my mind Habana should have been dropped long ago and made to earn his way back into the team. A Springbok jersey is earned every single time you wear it and PdV is too scared to say ''sorry you haven't earned the jersey this time, work harder and you will again'' Jake is honest and has a point and says it, regardless of if it'll make people like him or hate him. PdV wants people to like him and he's basically built a culture of it's OK to lose if we show we're able to win. That is not OK, a good team wins when they're outplayed, not loses while outplaying the opposition

      Raeez - 2011-08-16 09:36

      I agree with you Johann. He just doesnt know when to shut up.

      Wayne Bickerton - 2011-08-16 23:14

      Anyone who thinks that 3N doesn't mean anything in a World Cup here is as thick as p1g sh1t. The All Blacks (who we should be worshiping for the way they play the game), have never bought into the theory that test matches don't mean anything. The RWC is not the be all and end all of Rugby, say what you like and as much as I love the Boks, the All Blacks are the number 1 team in the world and have been for quite some time. They have a different attitude and style of play and their mentality is to win "every single game" that they can, none of this "lets leave this one, it doesn't matter". Bull dust! Every single test match counts. Typical SA rugby public bone heads...wake up and smell the coffee. In some ways the morons that write crap reflect our rugby team, more brawn than brains

  • Drewka - 2011-08-15 14:32

    I don't disagree much with White, but he's very arrogant in his statements on the Boks, and even of players that won him the RWC. It would be a funny day if Snorre returned home with the trophy in his hand!!! Then maybe we could compare the two….

      Obama Bin Laden - 2011-08-15 15:06

      Can't help feeling a bit peeved with White, but ask yourself this question: if Saru had treated you the way they treated Jake White after winning the world cup, would you be quiet? Pretty sure I wouldn't

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-08-15 15:18

      @Drewka - given the way Jake was treated by SARU he has earned the right to be critical, I can almost hear him saying "I told you so....". As for Habana's form, Div will pay dearly for sticking with Habana, especially since we have so much talent waiting in the wings....

      Kaapie - 2011-08-15 15:23

      Rob, he would like to say 'i told you so'. As I have said before this oke may coached the WC winning squad, but little else thereafter. I am waiting to see the Brumbies in the S15 2012. He is a bit of an arrogant prick!

      Drewka - 2011-08-15 16:38

      Nope Obama, I would've go after SARU like a pack of hungry lions after it's kill. But then his fight should be with SARU and not the players that won him the WC.

      Barry Edwards - 2011-08-15 18:11

      We can all be peeved at Jake for his comments. Still he has done the job before and damn well too. SA Rugby should get past the underlying tones and see what he is saying. He is a South African.

      GraemeBB - 2011-08-15 20:33

      I dont care what Jake has to say. He sounds like he is out to crit SA, and I think he is still sour about Snore. He is becomming a real pain in the ass. Lets see what he does with the Brumbies.

  • Shotta - 2011-08-15 14:32

    Jake White is being racist now!

      bokgat1 - 2011-08-15 14:36

      you moron. get over yourself!

      thegmancan - 2011-08-15 14:44

      seriously, if you have no intelligent comments to make, then dont make them. He is getting more and more vocal about his opinion. When it comes to habana, everytime he breaks the line and goes for that intercept I want to jump into my tv, catch him, and drag him off the field. Everything White said is correct, we played well but were lucky to have the aussies mess it up a lot. I hope the guys can find themselves and show the world that we are the best team in the world! Springboks forevever!!

      ZotBot - 2011-08-15 14:50

      Ah yes, was waiting for some insecure wally to pull the race card. GET A LIFE YOU LOSER!

      bokgat1 - 2011-08-15 14:56

      probably a golly wally at that!

      richard.wraith - 2011-08-15 15:37

      And you're a p@ephol!

      Ed - 2011-08-15 15:42

      bokgat1...and what would that make you? why do you have to reply to some dumbass race-card puller, with your own rascist kak? are you that stupid? obviously...get back to your little enclave of insecurity, wither and die. this country is better-off without you. PS: at 'shotta' are an idiot for opening this door. this is a sports article, not ancyl political dialogue.

      Shnez - 2011-08-15 15:46


      bokgat1 - 2011-08-15 16:30

      Ed...nice breasts, hope the water isn't too hot. THanks for the feedback. Take care now...

      AJ - 2011-08-16 02:27

      @Shotta: as you can see sarcasm is not this lot's strongpoint!

      Oom Filimon - 2011-08-16 09:56

      CLEARLY!! do not know what racist is!!

  • jk - 2011-08-15 14:33

    why do they ask fake jake for his opinion???

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-15 14:37

      Because he actually won the world cup in 2007. Amazing accomplishment wouldn't you say?

      jk - 2011-08-15 14:41

      did he?? never would have thought... the amount of rubbish that comes out of his mouth... wp to beat loins and get a bonus point

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-15 14:47

      Shut up Joachim.

      jk - 2011-08-15 14:57


      BlueRaven - 2011-08-15 15:00

      Jk die WP sal weer n wedstryd wen hierdie jaar, maar ek weet net nie wanneer nie :)

      jk - 2011-08-15 15:05

      raven, jy hoef nie te lank te wag nie, volgende bonus punt wen is vfydag aand seun...

  • patrickb - 2011-08-15 14:34

    Could not agree more. The "no neck monster" is a has been. He wouldn't be able to catch Ngwenya's sister at this WC.

  • imod - 2011-08-15 14:35

    Here we go again. This guy never stops. Bashing Bryan now, who 4 years ago was his darling number 11.....jeez

      Cina - 2011-08-15 14:42

      Yes Bryan was good 4 years ago, not anymore how many times has he missed catching a ball in a game or just dropped it.

      patrickb - 2011-08-15 15:03

      What was, was! NO individual is bigger than the game.

  • Leighton - 2011-08-15 14:35

    Jake's been drinking too many sour grapes

      grant9 - 2011-08-16 05:13

      A person would have to be a saint NOT to be bitter at the way he was treated. When England won the world cup, coach Clive Woodward was called to Buckingham Palace and knighted by HM the queen. Jake coaches SA to winning in 2007, what thanks from Mbeki did he get? He has apparently been doing alright as a motivational speaker and has had many offers from around the world to coach teams. The sad part is that Jake will be lost from SA coaching forever. Many people have told me that it's one hell of a buisness emigrating, they won't do it a second time if they and their families are comfortably settled abroad.

  • colin - 2011-08-15 14:36

    Jake should put all his energy in rebuilding Brumbies rugby and leave our players alone - the likes of Habbana gave him the credentials he have today - please Jake show some gratitude and respect to players who put you on top of the world 4 years ago.

      Big Al - 2011-08-15 15:33

      The problem is that was 4 years ago and those players were 4 years younger and 4 years closer to their prime. I am still amazed that we have produced hardly any players in 4 years that are as good as or better than the 2007 squad. Or have we, but PdV cannot see them and believes that the old guys will pull it off???

  • LOGIC - 2011-08-15 14:37

    All I remember Jake is the Boks lost 49-0 against Oz whilst you were the coach, never won in NZ and won the World Cup (with Eddie Jones) without playing Oz and NZ! - 2011-08-15 14:53

      And De ViIlliers took the Best side in the World at the time and after a couple of success, has lost the plot completely, we beat NZ with a lucky try and no Carter. Jake beat NZ a side with , carter , merthens and Spencer. Take a look at the World Cup 2007 side compared to the side that played last week, not much differnece is there?LOGIC go commnet on soccer because you know jack all about rugby.

      Ed - 2011-08-15 14:54

      All I remember is Jake creating a winning team from a losing team and them Mr Snorre getting a world Cup winning team and make them losers (See how many players played in World Cup team)

      dansa - 2011-08-15 15:39

      I'm confused, so what your saying is that the Boks have actually been crap the last 8 years then? Unless you are saying that Bryan and the boks are actually playing well?

      wombles - 2011-08-15 16:49

      valletjie doesn't look like you know much either divvy has beaten the all black twice in new zealand jake never came close yes big difference age these old donkeys don't have the desire to win another world cup also those two senile muppets from the sharks macintosh and strydom the biggest problem they are the selectors and this is the only country in the world where form gets ignored not to mention that players that can't play 1st fifteen at provincial level being selected

  • Leftyloosy - 2011-08-15 14:39

    Eddie Moans reincarnated. Jake you sound like a sore loser. You didnt get your contract extended and now you are whining about the Boks as much as you can.

  • Cheetahs - 2011-08-15 14:39

    Jake is with the opposition now, so jake just shutup

      OorOppiGrond - 2011-08-15 15:59

      Billy alias Cheetahs ek sou nie myself uitlaat oor "with the opposition" nie. Jy as onnie by die top skool in Pretoria verraai hulle gereeld. Wonder of jou hoof dit weet!

  • MB1810 - 2011-08-15 14:40

    Once again what he is saying is absolutely true, I've been complaining about habana's defense on the wing for 2 years and I'm certainly not the only one. People are just taking this badly because it's coming from Jake, but it's still true, Habana is a defensive liability.

      bokgat1 - 2011-08-15 14:43

      very few if any missed tackles if any

      Leftyloosy - 2011-08-15 14:46

      yes thats why the stormers and WP have had so many tries scored against them for the past 2 years.

      MBossenger - 2011-08-15 14:51

      Actaully, he's been coming off his line from early on in his career, with the exception of a few seasons when he stopped it. Did it take White this long to spot the obvious?

      MB1810 - 2011-08-15 15:21

      I know he's been doing it throughout his career - difference is that 5 years ago he was quick enough to catch the man with ball in hand when he broke the defensive line, now he gets there a fraction to late, the ball gets passed down the oppositions backline and we are a man down on defense. Defense is not just about missed tackles!

      Stuart - 2011-08-15 18:39

      Very well said MB1810, he has lost that fraction of a second of pace and it is now showing, the only problem though is who would you rather play? I like Mvovo but its too late now to have him as the starting 11 at a world cup, PDiv hasn't played the youngsters enough and now we are stuck with either old over-the-hill players or youngsters with 0 experience at international level...

  • BB - 2011-08-15 14:41

    he ha!! Ek sal luister as hy praat!

  • So What If.. - 2011-08-15 14:42

    Agree with Jake. Consistency is the name of the game. This is where we are running short. True, Habana has been playing good rugby. At times, but he has been inconsistent.

  • Eureka Broberg - 2011-08-15 14:43

    Jake is net jaloers omdat hy nie so vinnig soos Habana kan hardloop nie. Ek stem hy is 'n chop.

  • scud - 2011-08-15 14:43

    I personaly believe that Div is a disaster,but it is time for Jake to shut up-his arrogance is annoying.

      AJ - 2011-08-16 02:34

      It's not arrogance. It's just someone you dont particularly like saying something that makes sense to you. There's a huge difference. I suppose if John Eales had said it, you'd be all gaga over why we are 'not listening to the man'... the message is the message, and if it is based in fact, then it matters not from whence it comes.

  • Nfusitjie - 2011-08-15 14:43

    White is correct...De Villiers is clueless.

  • Tonderai of Cape Town - 2011-08-15 14:43

    I agree. Habana is a has been. There are MUCH more talented wings out there. We appreciate what he's done for us but its time for him to step down and let the young blood take over.

      Anchorman - 2011-08-15 14:51

      name a few that can take his place and yes I agree with you he is a has beeen

      Bootman - 2011-08-15 14:53

      Tonderai please mention 4 wingers outside of the bok setup that are better than Habana.

      Riaan - 2011-08-15 17:48

      Mvovo, Basson, Benjamin, Hougard at wing, Aplon at wing, de Villiers at wing, Riaan Smit, Gerhard van den Heever, heck I'll even say ou Dusty Noble!

      malcz11 - 2011-08-18 14:53

      @riaan they gave all those wingers a chance mvovo and basson but they are weak on D my friend can't expect habana to score tries with every touch pal

  • Cornel - 2011-08-15 14:51

    Jake is 100% correct Habana was found wanting on defense. Though one has to say it was probably his best game in yonks. The problem is everyone has gotten to the point of where Jake opens his mouth to say something and all we hear is nag nag nag. He sounds like a stuck record and it almost seems as if he is trying to get himself re-selected to try finish the job again. Take a nice 4 year holiday to get back and try claim the glory for a fat payday and if he loses, blame it Divvy.

  • Babba x - 2011-08-15 14:51

    Jake is correct

  • Dr. No - 2011-08-15 14:54

    Jake is wight, the only problem is there is too little time to blood new talent for the RWC. So his comments are just a little opportunistic and arrogant. Our team is what our team is, Snorre has stuck with them and we should support him now come hell or high water. If he fails he will have plenty to answer for, if he comes good then none of this matters.

      lionel.pretorius2 - 2011-08-15 16:40

      Dont think Jake is arrogant it was Snorre's job to have thought of this two years ago that is what he gets paid for ?

  • Dick - 2011-08-15 14:54

    But you don't understand . . . Habana is my babbie and he also owes lots on his smart house. He is also very close friends with Victor, Bakkies, John and Fourie. They cannot be seperated. He is also too old to start learning soccer even though he is a skilled faker.

  • Truckman - 2011-08-15 14:54

    Was that not the same problem with Habana when your where the coach? He rather will try and intercept than making a tackle...

  • BlueSilver - 2011-08-15 14:58

    Jake, we won a World Cup with you as coach! Yay!! Now, move on, concentrate on your new team, get a life! You start to sound desperate!

  • Johan - 2011-08-15 14:59

    Regardless of what Jake White said (the info is from his website and I think the reporters just want to write something)...every guy that know something about rugby is very optimistic if they think we are ready for the world cup...At the moment not one game the boks played this year was convincing..convincing the public to relax they are ready! In our pool Wales beat England..massive statement...Samoa beat if things don't change quickly we as SA have a bit at the 2011 RWC!

  • Marshall - 2011-08-15 15:02

    Winning a World Cup deserves respect, but we tend to make the mistake of turning all World Cup winners into faultless personas and permit the qualifying privilege of doing and saying whatever they wish based on a medal. Jake earns our respect and thanks for RWC 2007, and his opinions should be considered... but he really needs to learn when enough is enough. Spouting your opinion day after day is becoming tedious. Retrain yourself and focus on your current job. What are you guys going to do if the Boks (somehow) manage to win RWC 2011... will you grant PdV the same latitude to spout on and on? Doubt it.

      Marshall - 2011-08-15 15:05

      Once PdV's contract is finally over, I hope never to hear the prick or his 'golden dick' assistants open their mouths ever again... RWC win or not!!

  • Dan - 2011-08-15 15:06

    Not just in test rugby, in Super 15 all the teams also clearly attacked the Stormers on Habana's side - in fact they deliberately kicked ball from all over the field on him - even kick offs. Years ago, opposition tried to keep the game away from Habana, now they are actually taking the game to him.

  • InternetMan - 2011-08-15 15:08

    Jake... even though you are a complete chop (I read your autobiography..) everyone thought you're awesome because you won us the World Cup. You're ruining that now. Shut the hell up you self destructing weirdo.

  • Honey_Spider - 2011-08-15 15:10

    Give it a rest Jake and get stuffed, we actually sick of your comments!!!!!

      Neville - 2011-08-15 15:18

      Ek is net nie seker of daar enige oplossing is in die plek van Habana nie, maar iets moet gedoen word om hom te vervang. Dis snaaks dat P DIV die guts het om 'n losskakel (Morne Steyn) te vervang so kort voor die WB maar nie 'n vleuel of 'n springbok kaptein nie?

  • Dan - 2011-08-15 15:13

    Die probleem is Habana weet nie waarheen hy hardloop nie - meeste van die tyd. Hy was Saterdag 'n paar keer ooglopend uit posisie en het weer twee of drie keer totaal minsluk met sy "uit die lyn opskiet verdediging" - elke keer so reg in die Aussies se hande gespeel.

  • mike mason - 2011-08-15 15:15

    Dear opinion is like an as*h*le,everybody has one but rather keep it to yourself...

  • Grunk - 2011-08-15 15:16

    40000 WP fans have been saying he's been useless ever since he's come South. Now the "experts" are saying what we've been saying for the past two years!! Which goes to show that we fans have generally got a lot better judgment than these so-called experts who think they are god's gift to the rugby world..

  • Coen - 2011-08-15 15:16


      swatcoloured - 2011-08-15 15:34

      ja koen en jy is brein lewendig jou koek

  • Elize - 2011-08-15 15:17

    Jake, you have sour grapes because the SARU would not let you coach the Boks, yes, we can have a better coach, I myself dont like him because......... he made changes too quickly and too hastly, he should never have put Danie Rossouw in the starting line up, maybe he, we hope, have learned through his mistake on Saturday, and think twice before doing changes so early.. I hope that de Villiers will read this, and that he must realise that we as South Africans dont like what he is doing, he should run with them and do training with them, maybe in their positions that they play and not look into the skies when the Boks make a mistake, he must realise that we want the Boks to stay on top, not like a new team that is just "born." Word wakker oom Div en leer uit u foute. Elize Empangeni

  • ikey_tiger - 2011-08-15 15:21

    @Jake: Thank you for 2004 - 2007. Please just focus on the Brumbies now.. Your hind-sight helps nothing. Reading your comments the past couple of months I am actually shocked to think that its the same person who wrote the book Black and White since you keep on doing what you said the public should not do to the next national coach.

  • Leftyloosy - 2011-08-15 15:33

    Jake weak players are a reflection of weak coaching. of which you are not exempt. He hasnt just started running up out of the defensive line since Div. he has been doing that during your time as his coach too.

  • Ed - 2011-08-15 15:36

    Jake White is the weakest link...goodbye.

  • gert24 - 2011-08-15 15:36

    Suddenly Jake White has found a new lease on life just before the Rugby World Cup to market himself and make a couple of bucs with his ill-conceived broadsides and poisonous missives.

  • whiteass - 2011-08-15 15:39

    @Hanjo You must be watching re-runs of his days at the Blue Bulls

  • Tonsil - 2011-08-15 15:40

    Think about what Mr Helium has done. The Boks have lost their last 9 Tri nations matches. Not agreat record. How can we possibly win the RWC.

  • Al Fraser - 2011-08-15 15:42

    That Pat McCabe try was a direct result of a pointless up and under by the Springboks and as Frans Steyn attempted to follow up, he pulled his hamstring, leaving the defensive structure at the back at sixes and sevens. O' Connor had just 3 FORWARDS to deal with, and sucked them all in, to allow McCabe gallop through untouched! Jake, dont blame Habana, you just making trouble. You're doing exactly what you hated being done to you, when you were coach!

      Drewka - 2011-08-15 19:37

      Give Al Fraser a bells!!!

  • ChumScrubber - 2011-08-15 15:49

    Defense was bad all over against the Aussies, but especially out wide . Holes everywhere though, it was just a few desperate tackles that saved a whitewash. Habana does have the annoying habit of creating overlaps for opponents through his missed attempted intercepts.

  • Bokstar - 2011-08-15 15:51

    It is time for Habana to go! How is it possible that he can be elected to the Springbok Team. Since he left the Bulls and got married the standard of his game dropped. The selectors still have some time to set a few things right before the world cup.

      Leonard Van Der Berg - 2011-08-15 15:56

      habana is allank al oor die wal man

  • Sharky_CTN - 2011-08-15 15:57

    Jake does have a point, cant help but detect sour grapes everytime he has something to say though.

  • sipholess - 2011-08-15 16:02

    Habana has become a poser, Jake you got it spot on.

  • gees-hey - 2011-08-15 16:03

    he is right, but tell us someting we dont know jakes seems to become real miserable lately... is he missing some affection downunder or maybe needs a man in his life

  • lionel.pretorius2 - 2011-08-15 16:17

    Logic , Jake has won n world cup snorre hasn't . Everything Snorre ever won was with what Jake built up and he is still trying the same story , style and players but it is four years on and every coach has to have new Ideas rules have changed and players are older otherwise it is going to come back and bite you in the ass , it has come back and bitten Snorre in the ass , we aint gonna win no world cup , we aint even gonna make the play off's bring Jake and Eddie back .

  • Rocky_III - 2011-08-15 16:18

    I saw a complete lack of pace in our team. I am not a fundi but it was apparent that we simply could not out together an atacking run at anything more than a snails pace. The Aus team (sic yuk) where running rings around us. I am terrified of the All Blacks with there attacking straight at the line game.

  • Dark Stormer - 2011-08-15 16:19

    Regardless of what your opinion of Jake is he is right. I noted Habana's lapses in defense since the beginning of and throughout the S15. The first few times I thought were just mistakes but later on he became as frustrating as hell to watch as a Stormers supporter. I sincerely hope he can shake this bad habit he has developed.

  • nn.prv - 2011-08-15 16:22

    Oh Shut Up !