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Jake White and the rest of the Springbok coach staff are sweating over the knee injury which forced ace winger Bryan Habana from the field in the latter stages of their 55-22 second test win over England in Pretoria at the weekend.

Habana, one of the team’s key game-breakers, took a knock to the knee and was assisted from the field.

The medical staff, which are doing tests and scans on the injured player, will reveal the full extent of the damage only on Monday.

However, the Bok coaching staff are desperately hoping that it is not serious. It is feared he could be ruled out of the first couple of Tri-Nations tests.

Habana, who has shown the best form of his life in the Super 14 this year, was the top try-scorer in the two-test series against England – going over four times.

In the first test he picked up a stray pass and sprinted 70 metres for his first try, while the second touch-down came after Percy Montgomery had slipped through a gap and grubbered ahead for Habana to beat the cover defence with his blistering pace.

In the second test Habana scored a typical intercept at a crucial stage in the second half and then produced a classic “inside-outside” break to leave the English defenders floundering.

His pace, form and game-breaking ability will be sorely missed if he is ruled out of the Tri-Nations.

It is possible he could be rested when the Boks tackle Samoa in Johannesburg this coming Saturday, but there is no doubt he will be vital to their cause when the Tri-Nations get underway later this month.

The Boks tackle the Wallabies in the opening match of the series at Newlands on June 16 and then face New Zealand in Durban a week later.

By Jan de Koning 365 Digital

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