The 7th of October 2015 will forever remain etched in Bryan Habana’s memories. As this is the day, he made a hat-trick of tries that amounted to edging out the USA national team at the Rugby 2015 World Cup. He raised a hand towards the heavens in what seemed like a thank you to his God.
Momentarily, the hat-trick score made Habana match New Zealand’s legendary player Jonah Lomu as the leading try scorers in the history of Rugby World Cup. Each player having scored fifteen tries in World Cup events.
For the South African team, the game ensured that they defeated the Americans 64-0. A feat that took them 18 days to book a place in the quarter-finals.
As punters vividly recall how the game was played, Springboks beating the Eagles was nothing short of superb form. The South Africans displayed ruthlessness and discipline. They were all ready for taking down the Americans and booking themselves onto the next stage.
The Springboks team under Heyneke Meyer’s management started the tournament at a low point after they were defeated shockingly by the Japanese. The second and third matches saw them up their form and sail through three successful wins.
The Events as They Unfolded
As it was evident from that game, Bryan Habana is clearly Springboks’ luminous asset. Habana came back to rediscover how blending lightning speed and an aerial threat was what made him a player to watch. He successfully helped his team beat the French some eight years back.
Team manager Heyneke Meyer was quoted saying that Habana is the guy that comes through in the big games. As from the beginning of the tournament, Habana has outdone himself. He is looking forward to getting more tries from the sensational player.
Habana is thirty-two years old and almost hanging his playing boots. However, he once again proved his form during the on-going World Cup to show he still got the game in him.
Bryan started by racing on to Fourie du Preez’s resourceful kick in the aspiration to swallow-dive in the bend. Habana later moved again emulating Jonah Lomu’s darting dash right through USA’s not well formed defence.
Within minutes of the second try, Bryan Habana scored the third one. He was quick enough to gather a free ball and as it is custom managed to finish with an aplomb.
Nice Words from Team Players
Starting with Springboks captain, (Du Preez), the South African players didn’t mince to accord Bryan Habana admiration. The captain pointed out that he played his first test with him when they met England back in 2004. Since the first match together, Preez who plays the scrum half position added that Habana has always been an unbelievable finisher. He has always had always had the habit of appearing at the right spot at the right time.
Within moments of delivering his third try, Habana ran nearly fifty metres to pour his delight on young Rudy Paige for making his Test debut. As much as the Americans didn’t manage to make a single score, Habana was, however, left infuriated by the single try he missed. It was after the Eagles fullback Blaine Scully outsmarted the sensation, player.
The beleaguered head coach can take comfort that the Springboks is living up to its name. They are now functioning as a team. From the looks of it, The South Africans are determined to wipe their slate clean after suffering a humiliating defeat from the Japanese.
So far this tournament has been very exciting and with the 2015 rugby world cup final pool of teams in preparation to go the distance we can expect to see some of the best rugby being played all year!.