Bryan Habana Says Bok Focus Is On Rugby World Cup

Bryan Habana is hoping to put one over the old enemy New Zealand on Saturday in the Rugby Championship at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.  However, Habana says that the result is not all that matters with the bigger picture still next year’s Rugby World Cup in England.  “We laid down certain goals and things we’d like to achieve from the time Heyneke(Meyer) took over in 2012.  We’re even more disappointed that we haven’t managed to beat New Zealand in New Zealand for the last three years.  We had a fantastic opportunity and we let that slip so I think we need to learn from those slip-ups as quickly as possible and when you get home, you want to pride yourself at home with your fan base and the people that really support us.”

The Springboks suffered back-to-back defeats in Australasia despite coming agonisingly close in both fixtures.  The 31-year old says a win over the All Blacks will be a major boost, “For our confidence it is really important that we learn as quickly as possible and we put up a performance that justifies the hard work we’re putting in on the training field.  I think winning is important and a year out from the World Cup we want to be on the right track.”  South Africa’s record try scorer also emphasised that even if they do not earn the victory all will not be lost, “We lost 49-0 in Brisbane in 2006 and everyone said we wouldn’t have an opportunity to win the World Cup in 2007 so I think we’ll look at every situation in its entirety.  As a Springbok team we can grow and develop into a team that is capable of winning the World Cup next year.”

The Boks have not beaten their old foe since 2011 in Port Elizabeth in the old Tri-Nations.