Habana expecting a ‘Currie Cup’ battle against Namibia

2011-09-20 07:45

Taupo Wellington – The intensity of Thursday’s Rugby World Cup match against Namibia will be no different to a traditional domestic match-up on South African soil, Springbok wing Bryan Habana said today.

“Namibia this week will be like a typical Currie Cup clash between guys that know each other and really go out to bruise each other,” Habana said.

The celebrated wing will make his comeback from a knee injury in the Springboks’ third match of the tournament.

Habana said he remained open to the possibility of breaking Joost van der Westhuizen’s try record, which he equalled against Italy in Witbank last year.

“If that 39th try comes, it comes, but if the Springboks win 150-0 without me scoring a try and I’ve contributed, I’m definitely still going to be very happy,” he said.

“Whether that be about leadership, whether that be about scoring tries or making cross cover defence tackles it’s about making a contribution.”

Habana admitted to being disappointed that he was not part of the team that secured a 49-3 victory over Fiji last week.

He said he was now more eager to make his contribution.

“It was probably the right decision not to get chosen last week and after training yesterday in front of an almost full stadium it feels good to be back again,” he said.

“The rehabilitation time that you put in with the physios, the medical team and the conditioning guys and then getting onto the field and making sure you get involved in the game is pretty important.”

With only two matches remaining before the knockout stages of the tournament, Habana said that gaining match fitness would be one of the personal goals he needed to achieve while there was still time.

“After only playing three games of international rugby prior to this it is not the best place to be, but I think your work on and off the field is pretty important,” he said.

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