JOHANNESBURG - New South African rugby sensation, Aphiwe Dyantyi, said it was flattering to be compared to a “living legend” like Bryan Habana but that he’d rather write his own story.
The Springbok wing has been one of the finds of the 2018 Test season after only making his Super Rugby debut earlier this year. He scored two wonderful tries against the All Blacks when the Boks shocked the world champions 36-34 in Wellington three weeks ago and he gets another chance to show what he is made of this weekend when the Boks host the All Blacks at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.
Dyantyi said on Thursday he was excited about the challenge but didn’t want to be compared to former Bok star Habana, who also wore the No 11 on his back. “I’ve got another opportunity to play for the Boks this weekend, a chance for me to represent my country, to grow.
“It’s honestly very flattering that some of you have compared me to Bryan ... he is a legend, he’s done it all, proved himself on the biggest stages year after year. Being compared to him is amazing, but I’m Aphiwe and I’m trying to carve my own path, make my own history. Not everyone gets a chance to be here where I am ... so I want to make sure I make every moment count.”
Habana, who played over 100 Tests for the Boks but has now retired from the game, said he, too, didn’t want to be compared with the young wing from the Lions. “He needs to create his own legacy, and he’s doing that, and that is exciting,” said Habana. “I’ve had my time. Aphiwe is doing something really special and I really hope he is well looked after and goes on to break all sorts of records.”