SA Rugby have announced the nominations for both the Super 14 and Vodacom Cup Player of the Year awards. Sharks XV flyhalf Monty Dumond has been nominated in the latter category.
The Super 14 POTY nominations come as no real surprise, with three Bulls (Morné Steyn, Fourie du Preez and Gerhard van den Heever) and two Stormers (Andries “Away Game” Bekker and Jaque Fourie) in line for the prize. Steyn was last year’s winner and is probably a pretty good bet to repeat the feat, although can den Heever’s impressive 8 tries during the campaign may just swing it in his favour.
The victorious Blue Bulls also provide three of the candidates for the Vodacom Cup prize, with captain Gerrit-Jan van Velze (imagine having to learn that one as a kid), Tiger Mangweni and Francois Brümmer all in the running. Dumond, who was the competition’s top points scorer with 99 (despite missing out on two games) and Free State pivot Louis Strydom (second highest with 96) complete the lineup.
Despite the ongoing shenanigans around contracting a Currie Cup flyhalf, Monty Dumond continues to train with the side and is expected to line-up in the number 10 shirt when the Sharks face the Valke in a pre-tournament friendly next Friday night.Tweet