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Habana credits team for milestone

Habana credits team for milestone

Habana: Tips hat to Bok colleagues

Springbok winger Bryan Habana thanked his team-mates after he finally broke South Africa’s try-scoring record.

Habana dotted down in the 23rd minute in the Boks’ 87-0 win over Namibia in Auckland, ending a 15-month try-scoring drought in the green and gold jersey.

“It is really wonderful that I broke the record, but without my team-mates and the coaching teams that have worked with me over the last few years, none of this would be possible,” Habana said.

The winger scored his 39th try for the Boks after equalling the national record, held by Joost van der Westhuizen, against Italy in Witbank in June last year.

Habana said he hoped to build momentum and add more five-pointers for the Boks in the defence of their world title.

“One of my tasks in the team is to score tries, so hopefully I can score more tries,” he said.

“Hopefully now everyone else can stop worrying about it and I can just start worrying about playing rugby.”

The flyer gave credit to Van der Westhuizen, who was diagnosed earlier this year with a motor neuron disease, of which there is no known cure.

“It has been great, and it is a huge honour and privilege to be able to break records and pass someone like Joost who gave so much back to Springbok rugby,” Habana said.

“He’s in a dire state at the moment and everyone thinks quite a bit of him.”

Contributing further to the team’s cause was of utmost importance, Habana said, with the Boks leading Pool D and almost certain to book themselves a place in the quarterfinals at the global showpiece.

“It is not about how many tries I’ve been able to score,” he said.

“It is about contributing, and I’ve been disappointed in that I’ve not been able to contribute positively in the last couple of games I’ve played.

“You are blessed with such an amazing talent do something you absolutely love, and to play a game that a lot of South Africans would love to be playing, so you are here to live your dream each and every day.

“I would like to continue doing that to the best of my ability and making a difference to my team.”


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