Australia 25-32 South Africa, Tri-Nations, August 29
Springboks striving for more
August 30, 2009
Springbok winger Bryan Habana celebrates his first try in Perth © Getty Images
South Africa may have one hand on the Tri-Nations trophy after victory over Australia in Perth on Saturday, but winger Bryan Habana has admitted that the squad still aren't satisfied with their achievements.
Habana notched two tries in a 32-25 win at Subiaco Oval, helping to extend the Springbok's unbeaten Tri-Nations campaign and set them further apart from their southern hemisphere rivals at the summit of world rugby.
"We've been lucky to be able to achieve some great things as a team but this team isn't satisfied with where we are at the moment," Habana told AAP. "We'd like to set standards for the rest of the world to follow, we'd like to constantly produce games that people want to follow and respect.
"The greatest goal in life is not making it to the top, but trying to stay there. So there is a real motivation from everyone involved in the squad at the moment to carry on achieving, to carry on not only being humble in what we have achieved but work even harder to make sure we go forward and achieve a lot of greatness that this team thoroughly deserves.
"We want to get better, we want to improve and we'd like to stay No.1 in the world for a while to come. But that said there's a lot of hard work, there's a lot of tough competition in world rugby and they say to stay No.1 you have to train like No.2. It's good at the moment and it is a special side. You don't want to get injured because I think you are going to struggle to break back into the side."
Habana's brace formed part of the first Tri-Nations try bonus point this season, as the Springboks made light of recent criticisms from the Wallabies and All Blacks that they kicked the ball too often.
"I don't think we are playing ugly rugby, we are playing towards our strengths at the moment and hopefully we'll keep on building on that," Habana said. "As a team we've stuck to doing what's worked for us.
"We aren't going to worry about what anybody outside of this group of 40 people really say. It's been working for the last three months and I don't think we are going to change."