With Shane Williams running rampant, does Bryan Habana have the speed to overtake the wily Welshman?

Williams got off to the perfect start in this poll series to choose rugby’s greatest finisher, comprehensively beating England’s Chris Ashton in the opening round before edging New Zealand superstar Doug Howlett in round two.

The former Ospreys winger is the world’s fourth most prolific try-scorer and Wales’ all-time top try-scorer.

The 2008 IRB Player of the Year, Williams scored an astounding 58 tries in 87 Tests and bagged two tries in four Tests for the British and Irish Lions.

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The winger also boasts an impressive record when it comes to World Cups, scoring 10 tries in 11 appearances across three tournaments (2003, 2007 and 2011).

But can these impressive credentials slow down one of SA’s greats in Habana?

The world’s second leading try scorer and South Africa’s most prolific finisher of all time, Habana scored 67 tries in 124 caps for the Springboks.

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At club and provincial levels, he holds two Super Rugby titles, two Currie Cup titles, two European Cups, and a Top 14 title. Habana’s international career is also nothing short of stellar, winning the World Cup in 2007, the Tri-Nations and Lions series in 2009, while raking in personal accolades along the way like IRB’s 2007 Player of the Year as well as three SARU Player of the Year awards (2005, 2007 and 2012).

He is the all-time joint top try scorer in World Cups alongside legendary All Blacks finisher Jonah Lomu (15 tries), and shares the accolade for try-scoring in a single World Cup with Lomu and Julian Savea (eight tries).

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