May 31, 2011 in Uncategorized
Brian Habana left out in the Dark ?
In 2005 BryanHabana made his Test Debut against Uruguay, scoring two tries in the Springboks 134-3 thrashing performance against the Uruguayans. He then went on two play two tests against France in succession scoring two tries in both tests. Habana also jointly holds the South African record for the most tries scored on 38 with Joost van der Westhuizen, needing just one more try to break the record which he has failed to do so, so far. He has scored 190 points for his country in his career as a Springbok and who can forget the heartbreak in Durban when he stole a lost minute try against the Sharks to clinch the Super 14 for the first time ever for the Bulls or any South African team. Brian Habana is truly a great Servant to South African Rugby, or was at least, but what happens to him now?
Habana has slumped to his worst form since possibly 2005 when the winger made his debut, his move to the Stormers has not seen him light up the scene yet as most fans would have expected. With the 2011 Tri Nations and the World Cup in New Zealand later this year one must feel that Bryan Habana’s once solid place in the Springbok XV is under threat and rightly so. It must be noted though that experience plays a massive role when it comes to teams going into a World Cup, Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has done what most Bok coaches in the past have failed to do, retaining his experienced players for the World Cup such as Bakkies Botha, Bryan Habana, Fourie du Preez, Jean de Villiers, Victor Matfield and of course Springbok Captain John Smit. But surely your wings need to be world class and up to form and standard to compete in a World Cup, one mistake, one missed opportunity or one hesitation could be the difference between Trophy or no Trophy.
Let’s not also forget the quality wings South Africa currently boasts with the likes of Bulls mastermind Bjorn Basson setting the stage alight for the loftus faithful and Lwazi Mvovo with his excelling pace and deceptive side step. Both these players have been a revolution for their provinces although it must be said Mvovo has had some difficulty adapting to Super Rugby but can’t be blamed as he has been playing off the bench for some time. What about the Ndungane brothers ? and the possibility of the outstanding Gio Aplon ? Then of course there is JP Peterson who is probably on current form the best wing in the country having an outstanding Super Rugby season so far for the Sharks even though it has been short due to injury.
After looking at all this where does this leave Bryan Habana ? Where ?