Habana hat-trick halts ABs
5 Dec 2009
Bryan Habana’s Man of the Match performance helped the Barbarians to a 25-18 win over the All Blacks at Twickenham.
Habana scored a brilliant counter-attacking effort from his own 22 for his first. He also claimed an intercept just before the half-time hooter as the Baa Baas led 14-10 at the break.
He scored his third and final try after some good work from Jaque Fourie and Morne Steyn previously, and the Bok winger left the field to a huge cheer from the crowd and a hug from an obviously elated coach Nick Mallett.
Ben Smith and Anthony Boric replied with tries for the Blacks, and a Mike Delany penalty with nine minutes remaining meant the Kiwis trailed 22-18. But a big scrum from WP Nel and co won the Baa Baas a penalty. Steyn, on as a replacement, added the three points that sealed the result as the All Blacks lost their only match of their year-end tour.