Edwards targets Habana

Wales assistant coach plans to keep Bok winger quiet

Last Updated: 04/06/08 3:33pm

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Habana: Was shackled by Sackey during the World Cup final

Habana: Was shackled by Sackey during the World Cup final

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Wales assistant coach Shaun Edwards insists his side can silence the threat of South Africa dangerman Bryan Habana.

The reigning IRB player of the year scored eight tries as the Springboks went on to lift the World Cup last year.

However, Habana was shut out in the final victory over England - with Paul Sackey, who works under Edwards at Wasps, shackling Habana superbly.

And Edwards has no doubts Wales wing Mark Jones can emulate Sackey and keep the 24-year-old quiet.

Difficult

"Bryan Habana obviously sticks out and it's important that we don't stand back in awe of him," he said.

"The best way to deal with Habana is to cut off his supply because if he does get in the clear, he's incredibly difficult to stop.

"If he does get the ball you have to shut him down as quickly as possible.

"England only allowed him to touch the ball once in the World Cup final.

"That was because he was playing against Paul Sackey, and I coach Paul Sackey at Wasps.

"You have to man-mark him and I thought Paul Sackey did a great job on him in the World Cup final."

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