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Campo questions Habana’s role

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 13 Nov 2008 at 08:38

Bryan Habana talks himself up a lot before games, but is not delivering on the field.

Stephen Nell writes for Die Burger that that was the blunt assessment on Wednesday from legendary former Wallaby wing David Campese when he was asked about the dip in the form of last season’s International Rugby Board Player of the Year.

“It’s difficult to say because neither the Bulls nor the Springboks have been playing consistently well this season. Habana likes to talk himself up before games and then nothing happens,” said Campese.

To date this year Habana has scored one try in eight Tests. His solitary touchdown came in South Africa’s 19-8 defeat to New Zealand in Wellington.

Campese believed Habana should add a new dimension to his game as players are analysed at international level.

“When you play as world champions, other teams will automatically lift their game,” said Campese.

“They are also aware of Habana. It’s as if he is resting on his laurels.

“You have to keep the opposition guessing. Habana has good skills, but pace alone won’t get you everywhere. There aren’t so many opportunities for him anymore to score intercept tries.”

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Former Bok wing Chester Williams said Habana should concentrate on his strengths.

“My advice to him would be get involved in the way he did earlier in his career. He is trying hard in other areas,” said Williams.

“Bryan should drop back to support the fullback and field high balls. He is very good under the high ball.”

Williams believes opponents are also reading Habana’s rush defence. It can be adapted to make him a bigger factor on defence so that he can win balls in the tackle.

“They simply use a dummy runner to draw Habana to the inside and then the wing gets behind him,” said Williams.

However, Williams added that a wing can only be effective with proper help from his team-mates.

While Habana is not as big a factor as he was last year, the Bulls won the Super 14 in 2007 and South Africa won the World Cup. This year the Bulls struggled and the Boks have been inconsistent.

“A wing is very dependent on what happens on his inside. The Bok forwards did not create many opportunities against Wales,” said Williams.

“Bryan has also had a few injuries to contend with this year. He will perhaps have to reinvent himself. It’s one thing getting to the top, but quite another staying there.”


  • Campo echo’s my thoughts here.

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.11.08 08:44:26 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Gee die bal vir Bryan!!! 😈

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.11.08 08:49:35 by Kamov Ka50 - blckshrk Reply
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  • he just wait in the row to get an interception…he needs to do some work.. 😐 He can learn from Little Fish.. 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.11.08 08:54:18 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • PdV was not too impressed with Henry’s comments…wonder what he would say about this.

    Honestly though, do our coaches comment about other teams as much as they like to put in their 2 cents’ worth when it comes to our team?

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.11.08 09:12:58 by Kamov Ka50 - blckshrk Reply
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  • Whilst I agree that Habana should be looking for work… do you think there’s any merit in the suggestion that recently our centres have been pretty good as play makers, and that as a result the ball isn’t really getting down to the wings all that much any more?

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.11.08 09:26:13 by CS Reply
  • @CS (Comment 5) :

    Not really, because if it was Frans Steyn doing that then everyone would say he was hogging the ball. Now that it is Adi that play is considered as “play making”. 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.11.08 09:37:44 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Poor Steyn… its tough being the wonder kid 😀

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.11.08 09:44:56 by CS Reply
  • @CS (Comment 5) :
    We did manage to send it to the wings when we played the Aussies – nokwe would testify to that.

    The boys were a lil’ rusty last weekend – expecting at least 5 tries this time around. It would be nice if Bryan and JP got at least one each.

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.11.08 10:33:48 by Kamov Ka50 - blckshrk Reply
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