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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Springboks beat Samoa to win the Quad Series as Habana reaches milestone

South Africa beat Samoa 56-23 to win the Quad Series in Pretoria on Saturday. It was an action packed game with plenty to talk about, including some unfortunate dirty play, but a positive was the achievement of Bryan Habana, who scored his 50th Test try.

It was a first for a tournament like this, with double headers at each venue. Despite struggling a bit against Scotland, the Springboks went unbeaten, and with so many injuries and a slightly new look team, it was good preparation ahead of the Rugby Championship.

Winger Bryan Habana scored the first try of the game and later crossed for an incredible milestone, as he became just the sixth player to ever reach 50 Test tries.

"This is an achievement all South Africans can be immensely proud of," said proud South African Rugby Union President Oregan Hoskins on Monday.

"Since making his Springbok debut in 2004, Bryan has been an inspiration on and off the field and it is very well-deserved that his name will forever live in the annals of the game as the first Springbok to reach this special milestone and a man who set a mark that will take a very special player to eclipse."

Daisuke Ohata of Japan is the most prolific Test try scorer with 69 five-pointers in 58 Tests. He is followed by David Campese (64 in 101 Tests), Shane Williams (60 in 91 Tests for Wales and the British & Irish Lions), Hirotoki Onozawa of Japan (55 in 80 Tests) and Rory Underwood (50 in 91 Tests for England and the British & Irish Lions).

The Rugby Championship kicks off on Saturday 17th August, with South Africa hosting Argentina.

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