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RugbyU: Habana marks return with try in Toulon comeback win

South African star Bryan Habana scored a try on his return to action after a three-month absence because of a hamstring injury as Toulon beat Bordeaux-Begles 22-20 in a thrilling Top 14 encounter on Saturday. The 30-year-old -- a World Cup winner in 2007 -- touched down in the 66th minute as Toulon came from 20-9 down to prevail, largely thanks to 14 points from Frederic Michalak, and provisionally go top of the table ahead of Saturday's later matches. They head Clermont, who beat defending champions Castres on Friday, on a better head to head record

RugbyU: Habana marks return with try in Toulon comeback win

South African star Bryan Habana scored a try on his return to action after a three-month absence because of a hamstring injury as Toulon beat Bordeaux-Begles 22-20 in a thrilling Top 14 encounter on Saturday. The 30-year-old -- a World Cup winner in 2007 -- touched down in the 66th minute as Toulon came from 20-9 down to prevail, largely thanks to 14 points from Frederic Michalak. The win took the European champions to the top of the table for a couple of hours until Montpellier restored their leading position with a 36-30 win at Grenoble later in the day.

RugbyU: Habana marks return with try in Toulon comeback win

South African star Bryan Habana scored a try on his return to action after a three-month absence because of a hamstring injury as Toulon beat Bordeaux-Begles 22-20 in a thrilling Top 14 encounter on Saturday. The 30-year-old -- a World Cup winner in 2007 -- touched down in the 66th minute as Toulon came from 20-9 down to prevail, largely thanks to 14 points from Frederic Michalak. The win took the European champions to the top of the table for a couple of hours until Montpellier restored their leading position with a 36-30 win at Grenoble later in the day.

RugbyU: Habana marks return with try in Toulon comeback win

South African star Bryan Habana scored a try on his return to action after a three-month absence because of a hamstring injury as Toulon beat Bordeaux-Begles 22-20 in a thrilling Top 14 encounter on Saturday. The 30-year-old -- a World Cup winner in 2007 -- touched down in the 66th minute as Toulon came from 20-9 down to prevail, largely thanks to 14 points from Frederic Michalak, and provisionally go top of the table ahead of Saturday's later matches. They head Clermont, who beat defending champions Castres on Friday, on a better head to head record

RugbyU: Habana marks return with try in Toulon comeback win

South African star Bryan Habana scored a try on his return to action after a three-month absence because of a hamstring injury as Toulon beat Bordeaux-Begles 22-20 in a thrilling Top 14 encounter on Saturday. The 30-year-old -- a World Cup winner in 2007 -- touched down in the 66th minute as Toulon came from 20-9 down to prevail, largely thanks to 14 points from Frederic Michalak, and provisionally go top of the table ahead of Saturday's later matches. They head Clermont, who beat defending champions Castres on Friday, on a better head to head record

Messam is hero and villain as All Blacks keep title

By Nick Said JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Liam Messam ran in two tries and was sin-binned as New Zealand underlined their status as the world's top ranked team by retaining the Rugby Championship title with a thrilling 38-27 victory over South Africa on Saturday. The brilliant All Blacks were crowned champions after scoring five tries through Messam (2), Ben Smith, Beauden Barrett and Kieran Read.

RugbyU: Five-try New Zealand too good for Springboks

New Zealand retained the Rugby Championship Saturday with a deserved five-try 38-27 triumph over greatest rivals South Africa at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. The clinical world champions led 21-15 at half-time and overcame second-half yellow cards to forwards Liam Messam and Ben Franks to finish nine points ahead of the Springboks on the table. A much-anticipated showdown between the top ranked teams in the world, the match had everything, including a typing error.

RugbyU: Habana 'unsure' about hamstring injury absence

South Africa wing Bryan Habana was unsure how long he might be sidelined after suffering a suspected hamstring injury during a 38-27 loss to New Zealand Saturday. "It must be checked out by the medical staff. I am so disappointed," he said after New Zealand triumphed at Ellis Park to retain the Rugby Championship. Habana had just scored his second try when he pulled up after catching the ball inside his '22' and had to limp off midway through the opening half.

RugbyU: Five-try All Blacks beat Springboks, retain title

New Zealand retained the Rugby Championship Saturday with a deserved five-try 38-27 triumph over greatest rivals South Africa at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. The clinical world champions led 21-15 at half-time and overcame second-half yellow cards to forwards Liam Messam and Ben Franks to finish nine points ahead of the Springboks on the table. South Africa, who had hooker Bismarck du Plessis controversially sent off in a 29-15 away loss to the All Blacks last month, lost Bryan Habana and Willem Alberts to injury in the opening half.

RugbyU: Rugby Championship - South Africa 27 New Zealand 38

Result of a Rugby Championship Test at Ellis Park in Johannesburg Saturday: South Africa 27 New Zealand 38 H-t: 15-21 Scorers South Africa - Tries: Bryan Habana (2), Wille le Roux, Jean de Villiers. Conversions: Morne Steyn (2). Penalty: Steyn New Zealand - Tries: Ben Smith, Liam Messam (2), Beauden Barrett, Kieran Read. Conversions: Aaron Cruden (3), Barrett (2). Penalty: Barrett Yellow cards New Zealand: Messam 46 minutes, Ben Franks 63 Referee: Nigel Owens (WAL) afp
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