Habana apologises for Heineken Cup final dive

Springboks and Toulon winger Bryan Habana has apologised for taking a dive in the second half of the Heineken Cup final on Saturday.

Habana’s Toulon team won back to back Heineken Cup titles by beating Saracens 23-6 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

In the 62nd minute of the Heineken Cup final Habana chip kicked the ball through and fell to the ground as if he had been heavily tackled.

Habana had been given a bump by Saracens flyhalf Owen Farrell but Habana clearly added a heavy dose of Hollywood to the incident.

Referee Alain Rolland referred the incident to the Television Match Official which highlighted how small the bump was from Farrell and that Habana had taken a dive.

Rolland admitted to Saracens captain Steve Borthwick that Habana had taken “a bit of a dive” which angered the Saracens captain and he shouted to Habana, “embarrassing”.

Match Referee Rolland told Habana not make things more than they are and awarded a penalty to Toulon but Habana has now posted an apology on Twitter for taking a dive without actually admitting that he took the dive.

“So before anything.. Apologies in every way and to the whole community for happened in the Heineken Cup final yesterday.. It was in no way intended with malice or to bring the game into disrepute.”

Video of Habana’s Dive

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