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Habana will come good - Muir

Bryan Habana

South Africa assistant coach Dick Muir has backed winger Bryan Habana to recover from his recent slump in form in the near future.

The former IRB Player of the Year has endured a wretched run of form in 2010, with his only tries coming for the world champions in twin Tests against Italy.

"All great players have these spells where they lose form," the backs coach said. "Bryan has set the bar very high, so we probably notice it more. He's one of the most dedicated players and he's working hard to get back to his best, so I'm not overly concerned about his form."

After scoring against the Italians in June, Habana moved level with Joost van der Westhuizen as the country's most prolific try-scorer - with a total of 38 scores.

He has failed to make the record his own since then, but Muir does not believe the pressure is getting to him.

He continued: "I don't think breaking the try-scoring record is having any effect on him. He's bigger than that and he plays for the team.

"I've encouraged Bryan to come off his wing and look for work, and he'll be rewarded. If he makes one glaring mistake, everyone jumps to conclusions that he's off form.

"That's the business we're in - we get criticised. It's about being bigger than that and working hard to rectify it."