Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer praised the contribution of record-equaling wing Bryan Habana after Wednesday’s crushing defeat of the USA.
Habana ran in a hat-trick in his team’s 10-try hammering of the Eagles as he equalled Jonah Lomu’s Rugby World Cup try record.
“First of all, it sounds corny, but I think the one thing we are getting right now is it’s more about the team than the individual. Sometimes you have to lose to see that,” said Meyer.
“Bryan has always played well for me. He is always the guy who comes through in the big games.
“Bryan, when we really needed him in the last two or three weeks, did his best for us. I am so proud of him not just as a rugby player but as a human being as well. He is a great ambassador for South Africa.”
Habana could have broken the record, but spilled the ball in the act of crossing the line for what would have been his fourth try.
“I know Bryan and he will more disappointed that he didn’t finish when he had the chance to score rather than break a record. It is great that South Africa can hopefully get that record,” said Meyer
“He probably doesn’t have the speed [that he used to], you will excuse me if I say that, but he’s got great attributes.”