SARU Rugby Player of the Year
Winner: Bryan HabanaYoung Player of the Year
Winner: Eben Etzebeth
Team of the Year
Winner: Sharks (Currie Cup)
Coach of the Year
Winner: John Plumtree (Sharks)
Super Rugby Player of the Year
Winner: Keegan Daniel (Sharks)
Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year
Winner: Deon Fourie (Western Province)
Vodacom Cup Player of the Year
Winner: Demetri Catrakilis (Western Province)SARPA Players’ Player of the Year:
(The Sharks)SuperSport Try of the Year
Winner: Bryan Habana
(Springboks v All Blacks, Rugby Championship)
SA Under-20 Player of the Year:
Jan Serfontein (Blue Bulls)Marriott Referee Award:
(copied and pasted from News24, with some mods)
Interesting to say the least.
Now with a few no-one can argue. Like Eben for young player, Keegan for S15 player, Catrakilis for VodacomCup player, JP for PlayersPlayer and Deon for CC player. They are all kinda solid choices and no real surprises in their.
Habana for SARU player of the year all though not totally left field and interesting choice non the less. I am sure not everyone would agree. I think he was the best on the list. Without anyone in SA rugby really standing out.
Jan Serfontein for o/20 player was expected because he already won the IRB o/20 player. But what about Johan Goosen who had a brilliant S15 (before he got injured) played 3 test for the Boks now that is also an accomplishment of some sort. Maybe the because it is an age group category mostly age group accomplishments were looked at??
Jaco Peyper for ref of the year is mind boggling. He did ref the CC final but he was shocking to be kind. He missed more than 1 screw through, missed knock-on’s, saw knock-on’s that wasn’t and gave Jannie warnings for first slapping another player and then shouldering another in the space of 10 mins. Only the fact that WP won saved him. People always say you only moan about the ref if you lose so let me be different I’ll moan about Peyper even though we won.
Then comes the real interesting choices of the night John Plumtree as coach of the year and the Sharks CC team as team of the year.
Firstly I do not have a massive problem with John as coach of the year. The Sharks did play some great rugby and he changed the way SA teams will play in the future. (I believe) But then he did play in 2 finals and won none. While AC finished 1st in the S15 and won a conference cup and a Currie Cup. If I was AC I would be a bit miffed.
Then another strange decision Sharks CC team as team of the year? Why because they finshed 1st on the log and failed to win the comp? Well so did the Stormers in the S15 a much harder competition. If you want to give it to a Sharks team then why not their S15 team they came from behind and nearly did the impossible while crossing the globe twice. And what about the young WP team who defied logic and beat them said Sharks in the final?? Weird weird choice.
I believe no one at SARU gave WP and AC any chance of winning the CC thus resulting in their snub. It must have been an awkward feeling when you win team of the year yet did not win any trophies.
In the end WP and AC will probably rather take the Vodacom Cup, Conference Cup and Currie Cup than any hollow award handed out by SARU. Lets face it its SARU.