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Ludeke praises Habana



Vodacom Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has heaped praise on Springbok winger Bryan Habana as the latter prepares to play his last game at Newlands for the DHL Stormers.

Habana will leave for Toulon at the end of the Vodacom Super Rugby season, and may not play rugby for any franchise again in the country, with the Stormers trying to motivate their players to give the winger a send off with a win.

Habana used to also play for the Bulls and scored their winning try in the 2007 final, as they became the first South African franchise to lift the Super Rugby trophy as the Bulls won in dramatic style after the hooter.

Ludeke said the Bulls wouldn’t be distracted by Habana’s farewell, but would definitely wish him well afterwards. Their first priority was to secure the win to ensure they finished top of the Super Rugby log this season and give themselves the best chance for the playoffs.

“He is an amazing player, a world class player. It is great to be involved in the game where he is finishing off in South Africa. We’re so focused though, and afterwards we will go over and congratulate him, but for now we have to look at the job at hand. You don’t give it energy until afterwards. We will be glad for him,” Ludeke said.

While many of Habana’s teammates from his days at the Bulls have moved on, he still shares several friendships with those who are Springboks and, whatever the result, a post-match beverage in the change rooms seems almost a certainty.

Habana was also recently rewarded by the Minister of Sport for his achievement in becoming the first Springbok to score 50 test tries.

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