De Villiers praises Habana

23rd Jun 2013, 01:27

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Number 50: Bryan Habana

Number 50: Bryan Habana

South Africa captain Jean De Villiers praised Bryan Habana after the winger scored his 50th Test try against Samoa in Pretoria.

South Africa captain Jean De Villiers praised Bryan Habana after the winger scored his 50th Test try against Samoa in Pretoria.

Habana crossed for his 49th and 50th tries to tie Rory Underwood as the fifth highest try scorer of all time in Test rugby.

Becoming the first South African to reach the landmark, De Villiers credited Habana's hard work over the years to reach the milestone.

"It is a wonderful effort, to score 50 tries in a career at all levels of rugby is great, but to score 50 for your country in tests is outstanding," said De Villiers to Reuters.

"He is a classy player, but has also put in a lot of hard work over the years. There always seems to be magic when he touches the ball. Hopefully there will be many more."

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer was full of praise for the efforts of his back row, who controlled the breakdown throughout. Bath flanker Francois Louw scored two of South Africa's eight tries and received special credit from Meyer.

"I thought Francois Louw and Willem Alberts brought a lot of physicality to the game and Francois was brilliant on the loose ball -- I knew he was going to play a great game," said Meyer.

"But this is a team sport and a team effort and I am very happy and proud of the whole team."

"I could see even before the team talk the guys were really focused and I asked them the whole week for a physical performance."