Richard Ferguson

Du Toit big winner, Bosch also rewarded


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 25 Oct 2016 at 08:20
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Pieter-Steph du Toit has been named the SA Rugby Player of the Year at the national awards held last night.

Only a year after leaving the Sharks to join Western Province, the player has made a massive impact not only for the striped jerseys from the Cape, but was one of few stand out players in the Green and Gold this year. It is amazing what a change of scenery can do for a player. Well done Pieter-Steph!

The team that will smile the most this morning is that of the Lions, walking away with numerous awards. The Lions as a whole took the Team of the Year award for their performance during the Super Rugby campaign. From that campaign, Elton Jantjies won Vodacom SUper Rugby Player of the Year. Malcolm Marx won Young Player of the Year, Jacques Nel was awarded the Supersport Try of the Year and Johan Ackermann got the Coach of the Year award.

From a Sharks point of view, Curwin Bosch won Junior Springbok Player of the Year while Jean-Luc du Preez was awarded the Players’ Player of the Year award.

Further winners were Seabelo Senatla as SA Sevens Player of the Year, Ox Nche as Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year and Rasta Rasivhenge as Outsurance Refereee of the Year.

Below a full list of winners as well the nominees per award:

SA Rugby Player of the Year: Pieter-Steph du Toit
Nominees: Ruan Combrinck, Eben Etzebeth, Jaco Kriel, Warren Whiteley
 
Young Player of the Year: Malcolm Marx
Nominees: Curwin Bosch, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Seabelo Senatla, RG Snyman
 
Players’ Player of the Year, presented by MyPlayers: Jean-Luc du Preez (Cell C Sharks)
 
Team of the Year: Emirates Lions (Vodacom Super Rugby)
Nominees: Springbok Sevens, Toyota Free State Cheetahs (Currie Cup Premier Division)
 
Coach of the Year: Johan Ackermann (Emirates Lions, Xerox Golden Lions)
Nominees: Brent Janse van Rensburg (Boland), Neil Powell (Springbok Sevens)
 
Junior Springbok Player of the Year: Curwin Bosch
Nominees: Manie Libbok, Jeremy Ward
 
SA Sevens Player of the Year: Seabelo Senatla
Nominees: Kyle Brown, Rosko Specman
 
Vodacom Super Rugby Player of Year: Elton Jantjies (Emirates Lions)
Nominees: Ruan Combrinck (Emirates Lions), Warren Whiteley (Emirates Lions)
 
Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year: Ox Nche (Toyota Free State Cheetahs)
Nominees: Huw Jones (DHL Western Province), Nico Lee (Toyota Free State Cheetahs)
 
Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year: Masixole Banda (Border)
Nominees: Johan Deysel (Leopards), George Whitehead (Griffons)
 
Supersport Try of the Year: Jacques Nel (Xerox Golden Lions v DHL Western Province, Currie Cup Premier Division)
Nominees: Garth April (Cell C Sharks v Sunwolves, Vodacom Super Rugby); Ruan Combrinck (Emirates Lions v Crusaders, Vodacom Super Rugby Qualifier); Rohan Janse van Rensburg (second try, Emirates Lions v Vodacom Bulls, Vodacom Super Rugby); Paul Jordaan (second try, Cell C Sharks v Southern Kings, Vodacom Super Rugby); Sylvian Mahuza (Emirates Lions v Southern Kings, Vodacom Super Rugby); Courtnall Skosan (Emirates Lions v Highlanders, Vodacom Super Rugby semi-final and Emirates Lions v Crusaders, Vodacom Super Rugby Qualifier).
 
Coca-Cola Craven Week Player of the Year: Damian Willemse (DHL Western Province)
 
Outsurance Referee Award: Rasta Rasivhenge
 
Springbok Women’s Achiever Award: Marithy Pienaar
 
Best Development Programme Award: Blue Bulls Rugby Union
Nominees: KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union, Western Province Rugby Football Union



42 Comments

  • Great for curwin and du preez!

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.10.16 08:28:52 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • Very happy for the Sharks players. I am happy that PSDT got the top award. It hurts me to see him away from the Sharks but still feel he is an amazing player and hope he continuous to forge a great Bok career.

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.10.16 08:36:20 by Hulk Reply

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  • Overall i think the awards were spot on even though trying to watch the actual awards was like amateur hour. Congrats to PSDT, just shows what a difference being fit makes.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.10.16 08:51:04 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Congrats to all the players especially the two Sharkies!!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.10.16 08:54:07 by JD Reply
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  • Thought SA Rugby Player of the Year would go to Ruan Combrinck but I suppose the Cape needs to get something lest they unleash their media on us

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.10.16 08:57:34 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 5) : Combrinck? Nah. Had a good Super Rugby season, scored one good test try, then missed the rest of the year injured. Also has a shit attitude, so I’m glad he didn’t win.

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.10.16 09:26:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • chuffed for Jean-Luc. He’s having a hell of a good week. Can’t say I expected that, because he had an average Currie Cup.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.10.16 09:27:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :

    Can’t say I expected it either…

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.10.16 09:28:35 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : @Richard Ferguson (Comment 8) : Very interesting that he won Players Player…

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.10.16 09:51:38 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 9) : I think you don’t want to underestimate the significance of that. He must be held in simply massively high regard by his peers. It speaks volumes.

    People have conspiracy theories about these awards being rigged (which I don’t buy), but one thing is for sure, there’s simply no way that SARU could rig the PPOTY award.

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.10.16 10:03:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : What would be the point of rigging those awards? Too many conspiracy theories out there.
    And its definitely significant. We as fans/critics are quick to rate or not rate a player so always interesting what their fellow players think etc.
    So it basically pencils JL DuPreez down at 7 for Super rugby for the Sharks with Van Der Walt at 8. That number 6 spot could be interesting as could the bench.

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.10.16 10:08:24 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : @Richard Ferguson (Comment 8) : @SheldonK (Comment 9) : @robdylan (Comment 10) : Its a massive recognitiom from his peers and an award that every player would love to win.

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.10.16 10:13:22 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 12) : Kinda like Johan Goosen’s award in France. Speaking of Goosen- saw him at 13 again last weekend and can help but feel thats where he needs to be selected. (My option would be for him to play off the bench for the Boks)

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.10.16 10:14:49 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : there’s no point, but the media love to “question the process” when their favourite doesn’t win. Even though they nominate and vote for the winners themselves :)

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.10.16 10:26:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 13) : I have watched almost no European rugby for a while now, so clearly we are missing a trick here with Goosen if he was voted MVP in France and has impressed you at 13 because he did not look all that hot at 15 for the Boks. BTW who would your starting 13 be?

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.10.16 10:51:42 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 13) : Goosen is one of a few players that seem to have time on the ball. Only reason he plays 13 at Racing is because Carter is playing 10. The thinking is they want Goosen on the park so they play him at 13/15.
    He has played 10 too.
    I would play Goosen at 10 and ease Lambie back from the bench. Both great players!
    Lambie was very rusty in his last test, and now we want him to front up against a dominant England side?
    Setting the guy up for a fall I think!

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.10.16 11:05:35 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Its a conspiracy theory that some journalists have a journalism degree…

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.10.16 11:06:06 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 16) : that is what seperates great players from very good players and all greats have time on the ball

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.10.16 11:10:59 by benji Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 15) : I think for an International 15 you need to be good under the high ball under pressure even if you are short( example Leigh Halfpenny).
    Where Goosen has impressed me the games ive watched him is that he runs good lines off his 10 and often into space or a half gap which then has opposition defense scrambling and from that attacking is easier. He can play 10 and 15 if needed hence why he would be my bench pick for the Boks. @KingCheetah (Comment 16) : Tell you what there are guys that have put up their hands of late namely Van Rensburg and Venter but i cant help but think a Bok 10,12,13 of Lambie, Steyn, Goosen would be very good.

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.10.16 11:11:53 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : His attitude is this something that has come from behind the scenes or what you have seen from TV / interviews. Can’t say I ever noticed anything.

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.10.16 11:15:47 by Hulk Reply

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  • @Hulk (Comment 20) : Yeah, me too. Robs comment also left me wondering.

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.10.16 11:20:41 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 16) : Dean Greyling would look good at 13 with Carter at 10.

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.10.16 11:43:36 by The hound Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Please elaborate on his attitude

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.10.16 11:47:07 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 21) : Exhibit A:

    Sport24 asked: Some say a full-time kicking coach would benefit the Boks. Your impression?

    Ruan Combrinck: Louis Koen was with us for the duration of the June Test series against Ireland. He is an awesome kicking coach, but what I felt was that it took away a bit of our recovery time here and off time there because instead of having two field sessions per day, we had to have three. A full-time kicking coaching could work and may prove helpful, but at Springbok level the truth of the matter is that we are extremely pressed for time. Furthermore, I feel that there are enough talented kickers within our ranks and everyone has done many years of kicking. For me, said discipline ultimately needs to be honed at the various unions around the country rather than at national level. I’m aware that all eyes are on Elton Jantjies because he has missed a few kicks at goal of late, but I maintain he remains a great goal-kicker – his kicking stats during Super Rugby spoke for themselves.

    Exhibit B:

    “Ruan Combrinck [email protected]_Combrinck15 12h12 hours ago
    To have been Nominated for SA Rugby Player, Super Rugby Player & 1 of the tries of the year was a massive enough honour! #FullyDeservedGents”

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.10.16 11:49:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • Exhibit A to me smacks of arrogance and laziness. “We don’t want to work hard, we’re good enough, our recovery time is more important than honing a key area of the game plan”. Results on the field give the lie to this attitude. I wonder how the All Blacks would feel about a guy who puts his own recovery time and “off time” ahead of improving skills for the benefit of the team?

    Exhibit B to me smacks of entitlement and arrogance. There was no need to tweet anything like that and it just makes him come across as a sore loser.

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.10.16 11:51:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : I doubt that he’s lazy but he is a bit weird. Apparently prefers to do his conditioning and gym sessions on his own, etc. A bit of a loner it seems.

    I think his points on a national kicking coach could be valid, depending on how much the kicking coach tries to influence a player’s style and technique. All these kickers are coached and mentored at their provinces and changing their style and technique during the few weeks at the Boks could be counter-productive

    http://www.sarugbymag.co.za/blog/details/combrincks-rough-road

    http://www.sarugbymag.co.za/blog/details/combrincks-flying-high

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.10.16 12:02:29 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 26) : I think he chose a very strange way to make the point.

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.10.16 12:04:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Combrinck did a little more than score a great try in his Bok appearances but to each their own regarding that point. As far as I know you don’t think much of PSdT’s attitude either so who would your choice have been?

  • Comment 28, posted at 25.10.16 12:17:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 28) : PSDT, because he’s had a superb year, rugby wise. And I don’t have an issue with his attitude, only his loyalty.

  • Comment 29, posted at 25.10.16 12:23:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • Silly question here: for these awards do players have to be playing in SA to win the award? Yes of course for Super rugby player of the year and CC player they do but the other awards? Try of the year? Player and Players Player? Young player? etc

  • Comment 30, posted at 25.10.16 12:40:02 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 30) : Yes. The awards are based on performances in SA competitions.Nobody is going to, e.g. give Johan Goosen POTY.

  • Comment 31, posted at 25.10.16 12:50:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : Ok was wondering if was a rule or just generally accepted practice.

  • Comment 32, posted at 25.10.16 12:52:10 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 32) : no, it’s a rule.

  • Comment 33, posted at 25.10.16 13:01:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • I find duToits selection strange since I can’t remember him playing a full game the whole year.But then who do you choose, which Bok was consistently excellent, the whole test season.Not one ,so this reward is like being chosen as the smartest moron at moron school

  • Comment 34, posted at 25.10.16 13:02:20 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 34) : the way SA rugby has performed overall this year, I tend to agree.

  • Comment 35, posted at 25.10.16 13:11:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : Sounds like he is from Michaelhouse :lol: I actually think you reading too much into it. I do however agree that it does sound lazy.

    @The hound (Comment 34) : You forget that Ashwin Willemse won the same award in 2003.

  • Comment 36, posted at 25.10.16 13:15:55 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 36) : Sort of reinforces my point.

  • Comment 37, posted at 25.10.16 13:26:43 by The hound Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 36) : Jorrie Muller was robbed in 2003…

  • Comment 38, posted at 25.10.16 13:27:33 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : OK Exhibit A does smack of laziness. Even if I thought it was a waste of my time I wouldn’t say it to the media.

    Exhibit B, I find people are so eager to post Facebook statuses and Tweet that they find things to say rather than anything constructive, so could be innocent, however reading it from your point of view I can see where you are coming from.

    In conclusion if he does have an attitude and he is lazy I’m sure it will show in his performances in the future and imagine that will be his undoing, however hope if there is an attitude he comes right as he looks to be a great talent and someone I’d hope can bring a lot to the Boks in the future.

  • Comment 39, posted at 25.10.16 15:08:40 by Hulk Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 26) : Hmmm, he does come across as a bit lazy if he cant be bothered to wash off week old blood caking his bakkie after a hunting trip. :twisted:

  • Comment 40, posted at 25.10.16 16:11:06 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 16) : Is what I’ve been saying.

  • Comment 41, posted at 25.10.16 20:50:18 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : May have looked a lot better if his team was performing too. So I don’t blame him.

  • Comment 42, posted at 25.10.16 21:10:40 by coolfusion Reply

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