Springbok flyer Bryan Habana has described the second Test, when South Africa go head-to-head with the British and Irish Lions in Pretoria, as the watershed of the three-Test series.
Speaking during the build-up to the showdown on his home ground, Loftus Versfeld, Habana described the game as “unbelievably huge” for the Bok team.
“It is a watershed in the series,” Habana said at media gathering, adding: “It is an opportunity [for the Boks] to win it, while the Lions have an opportunity to come back in it.”
Habana also spoke of the joy of playing at Loftus, a ground usually awash with a sea of blue flags when he plays for the Bulls, adding that he would like to see green and gold as the dominant colours on Saturday.
“We as a Springbok side are really looking forward to come to Loftus and having a lot of Springboks supporters arrive in their green and gold jerseys and hopefully go out and do them proud as we did last weekend,” he said.
The 26-year-old Habana, who has scored 32 Test tries in 47 Tests since is debut in against England in 2004, said Loftus has been “really great” for him.
“I really love playing there. It’s a special place for me.
“So hopefully I’ll be able to do something in the next couple of weeks and go enjoy a possible whitewash, but until that happens, my contribution to the team will be a lot different and we’ll see where it goes from there.”
The veteran wing said the Boks can seal the deal – win the Test and the series – if they can eliminate the defensive frailties that blighted their 26-21 first Test win.
After building up a 26-7 lead, the Boks went to sleep in the final quarter – allowing the Lions to score two tries and then finished the game hanging on desperately for the win.
“I don’t think there was much wrong with our defensive system,” he said.
“I think there were a couple of times where we made wrong decisions as individuals, myself included.
“And that posed a big question for us in defence where we had to scramble a lot for each other. I think we respected their backs and that’s without saying we knew it’s going to be a tough task.
“That said, we give ourselves goals and set ourselves certain standards. As backs, maybe we let ourselves down a little bit, putting a little extra pressure on ourselves.
“But like I said, what happened on Saturday was done and dusted there. There were mistakes and as a team we will try and rectify them in this coming week.”Tweet