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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Bryan Habana four tries vs Samoa

It was physical upfront, but in the end the muscle of a veteran Springbok forward pack was too big a hurdle for their opponents, Manu Samoa, to climb.

Once the forwards provided clean ball for the backs, and after up and coming Frans Steyn came on, things opened up in mid-field for the backs. Centre Jaque Fourie crossed once, Percy Montgomery scored twice, while Bryan Habana touched down four times.

The speedster Habana once again showed that he's once of the best finishers in the game. Not a bad start to the World Cup for him.

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  • he just needs a good old GRASS CUTTER XD LMAO

    By Anonymous Tui, at September 12, 2007 3:58 pm  

  • Speed kills.

    By Anonymous Cheyanquí, at September 12, 2007 4:45 pm  

  • "I heard the All Blacks referred to as Flat Track Bullies yesterday..." at the end of the clip...

    You'd think after 4 years they'd think of a new cliche or two?

    By Anonymous Walnut, at September 12, 2007 5:30 pm  

  • Very studly. I still prefer Howlett, but still, very fast.

    By Anonymous Chris, at September 13, 2007 12:25 am  

  • have you heard the word?

    fishboy asked me out on a date!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 13, 2007 6:46 am  

  • If only Habana knew how to pass

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 13, 2007 8:49 am  

  • If only Habana knew how to pass? I can see you haven't watched any of his other matches and know you want to say somethig stupid, if you've wtched only 2 or 3 of his games please dont leave stupid comments.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 13, 2007 12:59 pm  

  • have you seen in this RWC any team singing own hymn as so entusiast as portugal?please put the video here...thanks RF

    By Anonymous rodrigo figueiredo, at September 13, 2007 3:16 pm  

  • Yes, the pumas....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 13, 2007 7:54 pm  

  • "If only Habana knew how to pass? I can see you haven't watched any of his other matches and know you want to say somethig stupid, if you've wtched only 2 or 3 of his games please dont leave stupid comments."

    Feel free to link a clip where a Habana pass has led to a try, m8

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 14, 2007 2:02 am  

  • on today's newspaper, Josh Lewsey was quoted saying that if you give Habana space, he will run rings around you.

    He's not exaggerating.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 14, 2007 3:57 am  

  • He's the best finisher around at the moment - awesome speed. If anyone's going to come up with a 'Lomu moment' this WC it'll be him.

    By Blogger fishboy, at September 14, 2007 8:19 am  

  • I normally try to stay out of these discussions, but dude, firstly Habana is a wing so there isn't a huge amount of passing that goes on - he is a finisher.

    Secondly, he actually played number 9 throughout his school career so he knows a thing or two about passing. Also, at under 21 level he played centre, and he actually prefers the centre position. It would be his ideal position.

    By Blogger Rugbydump Admin, at September 14, 2007 10:06 am  

  • I see your point, but compare his work on the field these days with say, Howlett, Rokococo, heck - even Tuqiri. These guys have astounding workrates around the field - they don't just sit on the end of the backline and wait.

    I don't doubt that Habana is a great player and a very good finisher, but he lacks a dimension about his game that other international wingers have these days. With Habana, it's very much "Here's the ball - run Forrest, run"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 14, 2007 10:11 am  

  • Personally I just get annoyed with all the criticism he gets about being one dimensional, which normally comes from people who haven't seen him play much. Watching the odd test match doesn't give you the same view as watching him play in the Currie Cup and Super 14 week after week.

    I think the fact that he doesn't have a devastating sidestep throws peoples opinions.

    I also find it interesting that all the bad comments about him come at a time when he's at the height of his game and so highly rated by the media, the same way that people had a go at Jonah for not being the best defender.

    It sure makes for interesting debate though. Maybe stats need to speak for themselves in the long run.

    By Blogger Rugbydump Admin, at September 14, 2007 11:14 am  

  • he'll be top scorer by the end of this world cup - FACT

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 14, 2007 11:54 am  

  • Lots of people seem to criticize Habana for being one dimensional- to an extent this was true very early on in his career. He used to be a "give the ball and run as fast as you can in a straight line player". Its something he's worked on, and I think the first try especially shows how he's worked on a sidestep and swerve and other parts of his game. He may not be in the legendary category in terms of incredible skills yet, but he is still one of the best wingers I've seen for a while.

    By Anonymous Will, at September 14, 2007 12:24 pm  

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_m_LWDeCbc

    How one dimentional is the bloke?

    Check the brilliant pass he gives 1:25 sec into the clip


    Check out the angle he runs, and the offload.... 1:12 sec into the clip.

    if you want more evidence, ask, I'll gladly chuck some more at you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 14, 2007 1:05 pm  

  • Anonymous at September 14, 2007 11:54 AM: he may well be top TRY scorer by the end of the tournament but top scorer is bound to be either Dan Carter or Percy Montgomery.

    Also, in my opinion, the fact that he is so head & shoulders above any of his teammates in try scoring ability is something the Bokke need to worry about. If he's not on form, injured or the opposition simply shut him down then you have to have an alternative. I'm not sure they have that backline depth or flair (barring Steyn's freakish foot...).

    By Blogger fishboy, at September 14, 2007 2:49 pm  

  • a little pedantic there^^

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 14, 2007 3:59 pm  

  • Ha Habana played scrumhalf when he was in high school and notice how he goes to scrumhalf when the No 9 is down?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 14, 2007 4:11 pm  

  • Fishboy

    Top try scorer in the 2007 spr 14 tournament : JP Pietersen.

    Between them, the boks are gonna rock!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 14, 2007 5:02 pm  

  • The only one dimensional thing around here is the idiot commenting on Habana being one dimensional.
    Anyone who has seen him playing regularly in the last 2 years will admit the man is a rugby genius.
    Look for him as the top tryscorer in RWC07.
    After the WC he will be acknowledged as the greatest wing in rugby history!

    By Anonymous Christiaan - Denmark, at September 15, 2007 12:17 pm  

  • Habana magic:


    And the jewel of all - see final try 2:20 into clip:


    I rest my case ...

    By Anonymous Christiaan - Denmark, at September 15, 2007 12:34 pm  

  • Anonymous at September 14, 2007 5:02 PM: I stand corrected! Pieterson was brilliant last night. Although, to be fair, the vision of du Preez made it so easy for him to shine. And England made it pretty easy too, they were awful.

    By Blogger fishboy, at September 15, 2007 3:54 pm  

  • Doesn't take much to get you guys excited eh?

    Good debate though.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 17, 2007 5:50 am  

  • i no they dont play in the same position n stuff but whos better Bryan Habana or jason Robinson i cant decide

    By Anonymous Bobby #15, at October 15, 2007 9:33 pm  

  • if u look @ players on the hole
    habana is the better
    hes quicker
    tackles harder
    has a fair ol boot on him and hes
    a clinical finisher
    robinson has proved he can tackle but in terms of players who you would want covering at the back you would have to choose habana over robinson

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 20, 2007 7:57 pm  

  • r8
    the blowk that said hes 1 dimensional and the blowk that said hes got no work rate obviously dont watch his rugby games, or play it them selfs.
    man that guy gets the ball on his own 22 and covers 80yards 2 score. so thts 1 dimension ye
    hes also 1 of the biggest hitters in the world and in the super 14s. hel throw his neck out on the line to hit any1. u try tellin any1 that that is not workin hard 4 the cause.
    seriously man, play rugby.
    Then ul realise how hard he works out on the wing.
    and im ENGLISH! so its hardly biased

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 23, 2007 7:54 pm  

  • sorry but I would rather have Robbo in his prime than Habana now, his stepping and ability to create something out of nothing were amazing.
    That said I wouldn't be dissapointed to see either of them in my team to be honest, both brilliant. Habana is easily the best winger at the moment

    By Anonymous Clev, at December 11, 2007 1:27 pm  

  • i agree that Habana has to be the most effective, by which i mean try scoring winger out there. but my heart still goes out players like Shane Williams, Robinson etc. guys of that size are a dying breed in this game.
    Habana's blinding pace is, to his credit, all he needs to finish tries set up by his excellent team mates.
    where as the other guys i mentioned are so fantastic to watch and can create something from nothing at all.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 06, 2008 9:47 pm  

  • i like how you guys compare habana 2 the all blacks wings..habana is way better and everyone knows it..just look at all his tries and dont go on what you think because you didnt win the world cup...South africa did so they know more than you about rugby

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 22, 2008 5:41 am  

  • i would rather have shane williams than habana, because of shanes amazing footwork and he is at least equal if not better than habana at finishing. Habana is probably quicker but shane is fast enough to be able to out run people in a straight line and also posses a phenomenal side step.

    Depends if your counting defensive ability i guess. as an attacking winger i would probably have shane due to his skills and the form he is on at the moment but habana is the next best winger around

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 14, 2008 1:26 pm  

  • one dimensional. Needs to learn more than just running or once his pace goes, so will his starting spot.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 22, 2009 7:42 am  

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