22 Sep 2011

Habana ready to end drought against Namibia

6:25 pm on 22 September 2011

Winger Bryan Habana has a golden opportunity to end his 15-month try drought and become South Africa's all-time leading try scorer when the holders take on neighbours Namibia in the Rugby World Cup pool game in North Shore tonight.

Habana, who was top try scorer at the last World Cup with a record-equalling eight, has been tied with former scrumhalf Joost van der Westhuizen on 38 since June last year.

Despite the South African camp talking up the improvement made by Namibia since they were hammered by the Springboks four years ago in their only previous meeting, Habana and his team mates will be eyeing up a big score.

Victory would keep them on course to top Pool D, with first place being secured by beating Samoa in their final game on Sept. 30.

That would bring a probable quarter-final meeting with Australia following the Wallabies' surprise defeat by Ireland and Springboks assistant coach Gary Gold has rubbished suggestions they might deliberately try to finish second in the group to secure an easier route to the final.