Bryan Habana has ranked legendary Springbok hardman Bakkies Botha as only the third-toughest opponent he ever faced in his career.
According to Ruck.co.uk, All Blacks icon Richie McCaw tops Habana’s five-man list of those who really stuck it to him on the field, followed by Englishman Jonny Wilkinson, Botha, Welshman Shane Williams and Kiwi Joe Rokocoko.
Habana, who scored a record 67 tries in 124 Tests for the Boks, won the 2007 World Cup with Botha as well as multiple trophies at the Vodacom Bulls and Toulon, so it was rare they squared off in a match.
But when they did, the former SA wing says the second-row titan let him know about it.
“I was lucky to play with Bakkies for South Africa and in Toulon. However, before that he’d caught me a few times and it was like being hit by a bus. A player who carried his team on and off the field,” the 38-year-old said.