BRYAN HABANA EQUALS RUGBY WORLD CUP RECORD
By: Jarryd Subroyen
Bryan Habana scored a hat-trick of tries, against the United States of America, to equal Jonah Lomu’s all-time Rugby World Cup try scoring record.
Habana scored his 15th try as rampant Springboks thrashed USA 64-0 at London’s Olympic Stadium on Wednesday. The South African winger crossed the try-line in the 60th minute for
his third of the game, equalling New Zealand’s legend record.
After having scored tries against Samoa and Scotland already this campaign, Habana extended his personal tally to 15 World Cup tries after running in three 5-pointers for the
Bokke against The Eagles.
The two teams who are paired together in Group B of the Rugby World Cup, clashed for the final round of the pool stages at the Olympic Stadium in London on Wednesday night.
The score also became Habana’s 64th test try for the Springboks, making him the joint-second highest try scorer in the history of the game, alongside ex-Australian David Campese.
The pair are 5 tries behind Japanese leader Daisuke Ohata (69 test tries).
Habana started his career for the Springboks as a 21-year-old in a 32-16 defeat to England at Twickenham in 2004, however he scored his first try for the Green and Gold on debut.
Years later at the 2007 World Cup, in England, Habana made a household name for himself after scoring eight tries for the Springboks in their triumphant campaign – equalling Lomu’s
record for most tries in a single World Cup tournament.
In 2011, South Africa were unsuccessful in their defense of the title as they were knocked out to Australia in the Quarterfinals, . But, Habana still managed to score two tries against
Namibia and Samoa consecutively.
South Africa have advanced to the next round of the competition with the win against the USA, and could face either Wales or Australia in the Quarterfinals.