Habana scoops Try of the Year award
November 29, 2012
Bryan Habana breaks through the New Zealand defence © Getty Images
Springboks flyer Bryan Habana's effort against New Zealand has been named as the International Rugby Players' Association's (IRPA) Try of the Year 2012.
The South African winger got the nod ahead of New Zealand's Hosea Gear and Julian Savea's scores and France's Julien Malzieu's effort. Habana's try was voted for by rugby fans from around the world and the award caps an impressive 2012 for the former IRB Player of the Year.
He starred in the Rugby Championship for the Boks and also shone during the 2012 Super Rugby campaign for domestic side the Stormers. And Habana was delighted to be awarded the accolade.
"Scoring a try against the All Blacks is always special, but scoring against them in New Zealand, is even more special," said Habana. "I really enjoyed getting across the try-line in Dunedin - contributing to the success of the team and also lifting the spirits of my team-mates."
"Winning this Award is very special and hopefully I can continue scoring tries for the Springboks for a very long time."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Tom Hamilton talks to World Cup-winning captain John Smit about life after rugby, his fears over the South African exodus and the World Cup
The reopening of the openside debate, a dominant wolf-pack and a sublime performance in defeat - Monday Maul looks at the weekend's talking points
The latest Week in Pictures takes in the Rugby Championship alongside the best photographs from around the domestic game
Amy Perrett, the Australian referee who whistled the Women's Rugby World Cup final after handling only six Tests, talks to Jamie Lyall