Du Preez is SA’s best … again

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :In the news on 3 Nov 2009 at 06:53

Fourie du Preez was on Monday named as the South African Player of the Year for the second time. The Blue Bulls scrumhalf captured the crown at the end of a fabulous domestic season, during which teams he represented won every available prize.

Rugby 365 reports that Du Preez – who won the award for the first time in 2006 – claimed the Super 14 and Currie Cup titles with his province as well as helping the Springboks to the No.1 world ranking in conjunction with the Tri-Nations title and victory in the series against the British and Irish Lions.

Du Preez’s sublime performances saw him claim the award ahead of some outstanding competition.

Also nominated were newcomers Morné Steyn – who kicked a succession of title-winning goals – back row sensation Heinrich Brüssow, Springbok captain John Smit and lock Victor Matfield – who lined up with Du Preez in every title-winning team.

“They were any number of outstanding Springbok performers who could have been among the nominations,” said Mark Alexander, Deputy President of the South African Rugby Union at the event.

“It’s a tribute to the sustained excellence of Fourie’s play that he was chosen by the media for this prestigious award. There are very few players in world rugby who can claim to be as influential as he is.”

Brüssow was named as Young Player of the Year; the Springboks were Team of the Year and Peter de Villiers was chosen as Coach of the Year among the other main awards, which are voted for by journalists. Morné Steyn was selected by his peers as Players’ Player of the Year.

Steyn collected three awards in total as the Blue Bulls flyhalf was also named as Test Player of the Series against the British & Irish Lions, while his record-breaking performances for the Bulls’ in their march to the Super 14 title earned him the player of the competition award.

Brüssow also claimed a second award as Provincial Player of the South Africa 2009 Lions Series, following his performance for the Free State Cheetahs that helped propel him into the Springbok team.

Full list of award winners:
SA Player of the Year – Fourie du Preez (Blue Bulls)
Players’ Player of the Year – Morné Steyn (Blue Bulls)
Young Player of the Year – Heinrich Brüssow (Free State Cheetahs)
Test player of the B&I Lions Series – Morné Steyn (Blue Bulls)
Provincial player of the B&I Lions Series – Heinrich Brüssow (Free State Cheetahs)
Team of the Year – The Springboks
Coach of the Year – Peter de Villiers
Super 14 Player of the Year – Morné Steyn (Bulls)
Curie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year – Luke Watson (Western Province)
First Division Player of the Year – Allistair Kettledas (Pumas)
SuperSport Try of the Year – Jaque Fourie, 2nd Test v British & Irish Lions (Loftus Versfeld)
Sevens Player of the Year – Frankie Horne
SA Under-20 Player of the Year – Lionel Cronjé (Free State Cheetahs)
Vodacom Cup Player of the Year – Jonathan Mokuena (Griquas)
Club Champs Player of the Year – Dustin Jinka (Hamilton)
Women’s Rugby Achiever of the Year – Saloma Booysen (Eastern Province)
Refereeing Achievement of the Year – Jonathan Kaplan
Craven Week Player of the Tournament – Andile Jho (Border)


  • Not one Sharks player won an award.

    Oops, how could I forget Jonathan Kaplan. 😈

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.11.09 06:55:13 by wpw Reply
  • well done guys @wpw (Comment 1) : 🙄

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.11.09 07:08:49 by JarsonX (Insomniac) Reply
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  • Fourie du Preez is an amazing player and has brilliant vision and decision making skills. Totally deserved as Player of the year

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.11.09 08:16:37 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) :

    I think he will go on to become SA’s best ever scrumhalf.

    Already better than Joost in my opinion. 😐

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.11.09 08:29:54 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 4) : 2 totally different players, but overall I’d say that that FdP is definately the best. He can control and read a game extremely well. When he does have the odd off day the Boks and Bulls seem to fall apart

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.11.09 08:39:46 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 5) :

    Joost was good but he was very individualistic.

    Especially after we won the RWC in 1995.

    Scoring tries was very NB to him.

    Blerry uitgevriet!! 🙄

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.11.09 09:13:38 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 1) : 😆

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.11.09 10:07:01 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 1) : well, at least Bath got one…

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.11.09 10:33:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : Already is I reckon. Plus I might buy FdP’s book should he write one.

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.11.09 11:05:04 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 9) :

    Ag jinne please, just not any MORE confessions….

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.11.09 11:12:03 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 10) : Their (Agassi & Joost for instance) confessions would carry a lot more weight with me if they did it when there wasn’t a book to flog. 😈

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.11.09 11:17:39 by McLovin Reply

  • Can’t imagine Furry having any serious confessions. He looks like a straight and narrow kind of guy.

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.11.09 11:19:26 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 11) :

    😆 What was the story with Aggasi..was he going bald and wanted to cover it up? I saw the arti, but did not read it..

    @McLovin (Comment 12) :

    You know what they say about ‘Stille waters…”

    BTW – I knew Joost at Varsity…and have firts hand witnessed his “gods gift to woman” attitude THEN already…would he have stopped if this did not come out??? Somehow i seriously doubt it…but maybe he did turn a new leave..

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.11.09 11:29:59 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 13) : Agassi took meth or something. Got caught, lied, got away with it probably with a blind eye from the ATP….

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.11.09 11:33:56 by McLovin Reply

  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 13) : Never met Joost, but seems there’s only one person that count in his world…

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.11.09 11:35:10 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 14) :

    I saw something about drugs…but also that he wore a wig as he was losing his hair… 😆

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.11.09 11:35:30 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 16) : Missed that. But wearing a wig. 🙄 😆 Don’t get me started on bald/balding men trying to cover it up.

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.11.09 11:39:49 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 17) :

    That “bushy Mullet”…?? That was a wig, boetie!!

    What do you do to cover it up?? 😈

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.11.09 11:42:56 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • Joost and Minki are together!! You heard it here first, on Sharksworld!! 😈

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.11.09 11:44:48 by wpw Reply
  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 13) :
    Do yourself a favour and read the wig story, its damn funny.

    Wait here it is, courtesy of Rapport

    “Oor sy haarverlies skryf hy: “Elke oggend het ek opgestaan en nog ’n stukkie van my identiteit op die kussing, in die wasbak en in die drein gekry.

    “Ek het myself afgevra: Wil jy ’n pruik dra? Op die tennisbaan? My antwoord was: Wat anders kan jy doen?”

    Hy skryf dat ’n ramp hom die aand voor die Franse Ope in 1990 getref het.

    “Ek het onder die stort gestaan toe die pruik skielik uitmekaar begin val. Ek het moontlik die verkeerde haarmiddel gebruik en my broer Philly paniekbevange na my kamer geroep.”

    Sy broer het voorgestel dat hulle die ding met haarknippies aanmekaar sit.

    Hulle het 20 knippies gebruik. “Dink jy dit sal hou?’ het ek gevra. ‘Moet net nie so baie beweeg nie,’ het hy gesê.”

    Agassi sê hy was doodbang om sonder die haarstuk te speel – bang vir die reaksie van joernaliste as hulle agterkom hy het heeltyd met ’n pruik gespeel.

    Hy sê voor die wedstryd het hy gebid, nie vir ’n oorwinning nie, maar dat sy pruik nie afval nie.

    “Ek het my verbeel dat miljoene mense naderskuif aan hul televisiestelle, hul oë wyd oop terwyl hulle in dosyne tale en dialekte vra hoe dit moontlik is dat Andre Agassi se hare pas van sy kop afgeval het.”

    Dit was vir hom ’n groot verligting toe hy uiteindelik, ná ’n paar dae se getob, genoeg moed bymekaar geskraap het om sy hare af te skeer.

    “My pruik was soos ’n ketting en die lawwe lang toutjies in drie kleure soos ’n ysterbal wat daaraan gehang het.”

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.11.09 11:46:34 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 18) : What a wally. 😆

    I wear a yarmukle. 😉

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.11.09 11:47:12 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 12) :
    Well he fits the profile of a “confessor” – white, Afrikaans, male, dark haired, scrumhalf, Blue Bull, Springbok, from Pretoria….any more that you can think of.
    Gee and he seems like such a nice guy but it looks like the odds are stacked against him. 😉

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.11.09 11:52:10 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 19) : Will they be making a video? 😈

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.11.09 11:55:21 by McLovin Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 20) :


    He should have just shaved it from the start and no one would have noticed..

    @McLovin (Comment 21) :

    Afrikaanse Joodjie?

  • Comment 24, posted at 03.11.09 11:58:04 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 23) :

    Surely when he denied the “gaatjies onderbroek” Amore shoudl have known it was his?? 😆

  • Comment 25, posted at 03.11.09 11:59:38 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 25) :
    I enjoyed his red herring that he threw in there about the Josst on the video being much better endowed than him.

  • Comment 26, posted at 03.11.09 12:05:49 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 24) : Afr – yes (mostly). Jood – nope.

  • Comment 27, posted at 03.11.09 12:09:25 by McLovin Reply

  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 25) : What makes the whole thing even pore pathetic is that Amore asked him if it was him in the flick, and he said no. What a poephol. But surely if she watched it she would have known. 🙄

  • Comment 28, posted at 03.11.09 12:11:48 by McLovin Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 26) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Typical male… 🙄 😉

    @McLovin (Comment 27) :

    Ohhhh, so the bald patch is the Yamulke?? 😆

  • Comment 29, posted at 03.11.09 12:12:14 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 28) :

    Sorry – I had NO doubt in my mind that it was him and I dont even know him like that. Simply looking at his face an ‘body language ” or mannerism – there is just NO way in hell that 2 people could be so alike – not even twins! Maybe she tried to deny it for herself – basically HOPING that it was not him and eventually by lying to herself she “saw” things that differs from him..

    All in all – this is a very sad story…no winners in the end..

  • Comment 30, posted at 03.11.09 12:15:24 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 26) : Not sure what he wanted to achieve with that comment. 😉

  • Comment 31, posted at 03.11.09 12:16:37 by McLovin Reply

  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 29) : Maybe I should ‘convert’. 😆

  • Comment 32, posted at 03.11.09 12:18:17 by McLovin Reply

  • how the hell steyn got the award for the b&i tour amazes me. he only played one and a half games and in the final test is was shocking. brussow deserved this award. and du preez deserved more awards than steyn, he made steyn look good. if fourie had been injured in the cc final, cheetahs would have walked it. he is the blue bulls.

  • Comment 33, posted at 03.11.09 12:25:14 by try time Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 31) :

    I think he though that if he “admit” in public that he is not so well endowed, people might believe that is not him, because generally a guy might say he is much better endowed…not?

  • Comment 34, posted at 03.11.09 12:25:29 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 33) :

    Ahhh – the pess is back!! 😆

  • Comment 35, posted at 03.11.09 12:29:25 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 35) : Onkruid vergaan mos nooit my meisie 😈

  • Comment 36, posted at 03.11.09 12:38:12 by Charlie Reply

  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 34) : Makes sense.

  • Comment 37, posted at 03.11.09 12:39:46 by McLovin Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 36) :


    Brilliant Adi, I mean Charlie!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 38, posted at 03.11.09 12:40:52 by wpw Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 37) :

    It is…COMMON sense!! i think I need to get the kop-dokter job at the Sharks…I can actually translate what men think and why… 😆

    @Charlie (Comment 36) :

    It is be right, Charlie, tooo true!! 😉

  • Comment 39, posted at 03.11.09 12:46:25 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 39) : I must be too humble. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 40, posted at 03.11.09 13:14:46 by McLovin Reply

  • Looks like Ricky is a free man again. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 41, posted at 03.11.09 13:40:31 by McLovin Reply

  • The only person that looks good in a wig is Elton. 😈

  • Comment 42, posted at 03.11.09 13:46:04 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 42) :

    Player 23?? 😉

  • Comment 43, posted at 03.11.09 13:54:08 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 43) : I thought his name was Jan?

  • Comment 44, posted at 03.11.09 13:59:26 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 44) :

    There’s mos TWO of them Elton en Jan… 🙄 You Saffas losing out on a lot of hot stuff here.. 😉

  • Comment 45, posted at 03.11.09 14:04:36 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 45) : I see… 🙂

  • Comment 46, posted at 03.11.09 14:06:20 by McLovin Reply

  • rugby365’s Currie Cup Team of the Tournament:

    15 – Stefan Terblanche (Sharks):
    He may not have many years left of his distinguished career, but 2009 was certainly one of his better years. There was strong competition from Joe Pietersen, while players like Riaan Viljoen, Fabian Juries and Hennie Daniller also had a look-in.

    14 – Danwel Demas (Free State Cheetahs):
    He will probably not be universally accepted, but he has come along in leaps and bounds this year. There was plenty of competition for the No.14 jersey – Gio Aplon, Francois Hougaard, Chris Jordaan, Gerhard van den Heever and Dewald Pretorius.

    13 – Juan de Jongh (Western Province):
    This was a ‘no contest’, with De Jongh well ahead of his rivals.

    12 – Wynand Olivier (Blue Bulls):
    He may not have played the whole season, as a result of national call-ups, but he still did enough to edge strong competition from among others Barry Geel and Doppies la Grange.

    11 – Lionel Mapoe (Free State Cheetahs):
    Not only was he the best and most consistent of all those who played on the left wing, but Mapoe also featured strongly on the right wing. We decided he should wear the No.11 jersey. Bryan Habana didn’t feature in enough Currie Cup games to beat off the youngster, while Gio Aplon was the best of the rest.

    10 – Morné Steyn (Blue Bulls):
    There is nothing we can say about his match-winning abilities that haven’t already been said. He edged several quality rivals, despite not playing a full season. Naas Olivier, Jacques-Louis Potgieter and Juan Hernandez are amongst those who lost out.

    9 – Sarel Pretorius (Griquas):
    Without doubt one of the unlucky ones to miss out on Bok selection for the year-end tour. A pillar throughout Griquas’ campaign. There’s a long list of quality scrumhalves, but Jano Vermaak, before his injury, was probably the best of the rest.

    8 – Ashley Johnson (Free State Cheetahs):
    His selection for the Boks’ year-end tour was justified. Willem Alberts, Ryan Kankowski and Luke Watson all performed admirably.

    7 – Dewald Potgieter (Blue Bulls):
    He also featured strongly at No.8, but we felt his best performances were at the side of the scrum. Pieter Louw, Jean Deysel, Duane Vermeulen and Frans Viljoen were amongst his strongest competitors.

    6 – Francois Louw (Western Province):
    He was at the heart of an impressive Province campaign. Heinrich Brüssow, Cobus Grobbelaar, Deon Stegmann and Johan Wessels are all in a very impressive group of openside flanks.

    5 – Anton van Zyl (Western Province):
    Victor Matfield is without peer in the world, but he simply could not make up the lost ground when he came back in the last few rounds of Currie Cup action. Van Zyl was of a consistent high standard throughout the season, with David de Villiers the best of the rest.

    4 – Chris Jack (Western Province):
    What a revelation his performances for Province were. Just a pity he could not stay to the end. Steven Sykes was his closest rival in terms of consistent performances throughout the season.

    3 – WP Nel (Free State Cheetahs):
    Also rather one-sided in this position, with Brok Harris a distant second.

    2 – Tiaan Liebenberg (Western Province):
    It was a close contest in a two-horse race, with Adriaan Strauss also having his best ever domestic season. Two players who were very unlucky not to have gotten a Bok call-up.

    1 – Wian du Preez (Free State Cheetahs):
    The competition was fierce, but he showed why he was a Bok tourists a few years ago. He deserves another shot at he Green and Gold. Wikus Blaauw and Coenie Oosthuizen pushed him all the way, while a few others also put their hands up.

  • Comment 47, posted at 03.11.09 14:08:14 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 47) : again steyn gets recognition where he doesn’t deserve it. he was with the boks for most the tournament so shouldn’t get acknowledgement. the team should be made up od non boks that played a minimum of ten cc games.

  • Comment 48, posted at 03.11.09 15:23:42 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 48) :

    I agree. He played two games in the CC and yet he is in the Team of the Year. Ridiculous.

    I’d also replace Chris Jack at lock and have Watson at 8 ahead of Johnson.

    Joe Pietersen or Viljoen at fullback!!

  • Comment 49, posted at 03.11.09 15:46:28 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 49) :

    I dont know if you were one, but I can remember in the beginning of the season not a lot of the WP okes had anything good to say about JOe…

  • Comment 50, posted at 03.11.09 15:58:04 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 50) : He was definitely not one of my favourite people during the first few rounds. 😈

  • Comment 51, posted at 03.11.09 16:00:41 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 51) :

    From Zero to Hero?? 😉

  • Comment 52, posted at 03.11.09 16:05:05 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 52) : Not quite hero just yet. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 53, posted at 03.11.09 16:10:36 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 53) :

    Didnt Naas Olivier slotted the most points in this CC?

  • Comment 54, posted at 03.11.09 16:23:35 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 54) : Not a clue.

  • Comment 55, posted at 03.11.09 16:25:12 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 55) :

    For some Bizarre reason I think he was the top points scorer..will see if I can get any stats somehwere..

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  • Comment 57, posted at 03.11.09 16:27:50 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 50) :
    Add Luke Watson to that list.

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  • @McLovin (Comment 47) : surprising that only one shark. they really cannot be so bad after all they topped the log, must be doing sth right.

  • Comment 59, posted at 03.11.09 17:26:34 by rekinek (retreat -ing) Reply
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  • rather surprised at watson being distinguished. he had a good season but he is so controversial still.

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