Along with a Cup Final, there is the usual Player of the Tournament award. I have a look at who stood out this year.
Deon Fourie won this award last year, and shouldn’t be too far away from winning this award again, having led Western Province through an undefeated series of pool stages and into the final. We discussed his Springbok credentials earlier, and I think he has quite a good shot at being the player of the tournament yet again.
Other Western Province players that put up their hands include Scarra Ntubeni and Damian de Allende. Both these players have had consistent seasons and have been key in getting Western Province to the Final tomorrow.
Looking at the Sharks, there aren’t a lot of players that can say they have had good games consistently throughout the Currie Cup, with Fred Zeilinga the stand out in terms of a new player, but not in the running for being the player of the tournament. Jacques Botes was solid throughout, but again, he is not indispensable in the Sharks team, as we see from his bench spot for the final. The same can be said for SP Marais, good in patches, but not someone you automatically think of when looking at the Sharks team.
A few other contenders include Anthony Volmink and Derick Minnie from the Lions, both having had really good seasons, and being joint top try scorers for the Lions at 6 tries a piece. Marnitz Boshoff must be the stand out find for the Lions this season, having stood in at flyhalf when necessary and doing a great job from fullback for the Lions. The Cheetahs midfield of Rob Ebersohn and Johann Sadie warrant a mention, but it is their loose forwards that really stood out, Boom Prinsloo being the main man.
Putting the question out there to you now… Who would be your ABSA Currie Cup Player of the Year, and who would you say is the Sharks’ player of the year in this tournament?Tweet