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Habana closing in on Gerber



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After scoring four tries in the past two Tests for the Springboks, winger Bryan Habana is closing in on Danie Gerber’s try-scoring ratio, of tries scored per game.

Gerber, in scoring 19 tries in 24 Tests, averaged 0,79 tries per game for the Springboks, whilst Habana’s record is 21 tries out of 27.

The two doubles for Habana sees him return to the manner in which he begun for the Springboks, after a lean 12-Test patch during 2006 and 2005 that saw him bag two tries out 12 Tests.

If Habana scores another double in his next outing, he’ll overtake the legendary outside centre.

Habana is, meanwhile, in doubt for the home leg of the Tri-Nations, as he is nursing a knee injury.

Meanwhile, here are some of records broken during the last Test, which the Springboks won by 55-22.

The victory was:

– South Africa’s second biggest winning margin in a Test against England.
– South Africa’s second most points in a Test against England.
– South Africa’s most tries in a Test against England.
– The 113 points in the two Tests are the second highest points by South Africa in a Test series against any country. The most were scored against Italy in 1999 (176).

Percy Montgomery extended his own career records as follows:

– Most Test points in Tests – 695.
– Most points in all matches for the Springboks – 708.
– Most conversions in Tests – 110.
– Most conversions in all matches for the Springboks – 114.
– Most penalty goals in Tests – 119.
– Most penalty goals in all matches for the Springboks – 119.
– Most Tests as a fullback – 69.
– Most tries as a fullback – 14.
– Most career conversions against England – 17.

Percy Montgomery also set a new record:

– Most career points against England, 69. The previous record was held by Braam van Straaten (56).

John Smit extended his own career records as follows:

– Most Tests as a hooker – 63.
– Most Springbok matches as a hooker – 64.
– Most Tests as captain – 40.
– Most consecutive Test matches – 44.

Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha extended their record for most Tests as a lock combination: 27.

Bryan Habana set a new record for most career tries against England: 5. The previous record of four career tries was jointly held by Danie Gerber and Joost van der Westhuizen.

Jake White set a new record of 39 Tests as coach of the Springboks.

This was only the fourth time that eight or more tries were scored in a Test match by any country against England.

South Africa surpassed 500 points in Tests against England (547).


 365 Digital

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