The Sharksworld Awards: Super Rugby 2012

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 8 Aug 2012 at 09:10
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As we once again look back on a Super Rugby season that has had its fair share of highs and lows for the Sharks and their fans, let’s take a few moments to hand out a few special mentions to players we feel have done particularly well.

Without further ado, then and in the absence of a drum-roll, since I can’t figure out how to do one via the Internet, I’d like to present the Sharksworld Awards for the 2012 Super Rugby competition:

Best Attacking Player: Many have stepped up and delivered superb performances with ball in hand, but you can’t argue with 8 tries, most overall metres made and most linebreaks. Our deadliest attacking weapon is none other than Lwazi Mvovo.

Best Defensive Player: Again, this one is pretty easy to award and goes to the man who, over the course of the competition, has done the most work on defence. With 312 good tackles made, the clear winner is, of course, Marcell Coetzee.

Best Debutant: This one is awarded to a young player who first played Super Rugby this year and was judged to show the most promise. While a very honourable mention goes to Pieter-Steph du Toit, here, we are going with Paul Jordaan as the winner, after a fantastic first campaign.

Best Newcomer: Also known as the “best buy” award, this goes to the player coming into the Sharks squad for the first time this year who has made the biggest impact. That honour cannot go to anyone other than Tim Whitehead.

Most Improved Player: This one goes to the player who has made the biggest gains in terms of personal form and consistency over the course of the campaign. I think there could be few disagreements that Anton Bresler is the hands-down winner in this category.

Best Team Player: To the man who selflessly places the needs of the team above his own – always there to do his bit when called on, even if his personal advancement is often held back as the result of what the team needs. There can be no more worthy winner than Craig Burden.

Best Comeback: The player who has pulled off the year’s biggest houdini act simply has to be Ryan Kankowski, ’nuff said!

Most Consistent Player: This one goes to the player who can always be called on to deliver at his best, reliably and consistently week after week. In 2012, we feel that Louis Ludik is the most worthy recipient of this one.

Most Valuable Player: This one goes to the player who has made the most important and telling contributions at the most important times, to provide match and campaign-turning moments. He may not always emerge as the best on paper every week, but can always be counted on to make something special happen for the team when it’s most needed. For this, we need look no further than our captain Keegan Daniel, with his deputy Bismarck du Plessis a worthy runner-up.

Best Forward: Over the campaign, the man who has made the biggest overall contribution to the Sharks’ play up-front. Take a bow, Marcell Coetzee!

Best Back: The backline player who has delivered the best combination of attacking and defensive play, with a few moments of real magic thrown in. For 2012, ours is none other than JP Pietersen.

Best Player: The player whose contribution over the course of the season has been the greatest, balancing out attack, defence, work-rate, commitment, attitude and consistency. This one completes the hat-trick for Marcell Coetzee, who has been simply amazing in 2012.

Let’s move on to a few special moments from the campaign:

Best Try: There were lots of contenders here, starting with Jacques Botes’ effort against the Bulls in round 1 and stretching all the way through to Paul Jordaan’s superb score against the Reds in the qualifiers. We’ve opted to award this one, though, to Lwazi Mvovo for his amazing 90m effort against the Brumbies back in round 6.

Best Hand-off: Bismarck du Plessis showing Bok rival Adriaan Strauss the “the bus was full” in the opening minutes of the game against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

Best Offload: Simply has to go to Keegan Daniel for the amazing sleight of hand that saw Paul Jordaan streak away for a try against the Reds in Brisbane.

Best Feat of Strength: Beast Mtwararira, for showing that despite the heavy physical demands of his day job, he’s always got a bit of spare energy to do some extra tricep extensions – using Anton Bresler as the weight – during quiet moments in the game.

Last but not least, we have a very special award to give:

The Wesley’s Salon Award: This one goes to the Sharks player with the most impressive ‘do in the team, the one who regularly stands out and attracts attention with his chosen coiffure. While The Hoff’s affro always turns heads and Charl McLeod’s surfer do tends to dazzle bot the camera and the crowds, this one can go to none other than Anton Bresler, for refusing to let the good old mullet die the death that has been coming to it for the longest time!


  • Hiyas Rob, like the awards, just a quick one, Anton bresler’s name has not been put in bold and under most valuable player the word deputy needs to be corrected πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.08.12 09:19:55 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Nice one Rob!

    Agree with those.

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.08.12 09:22:40 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Are you going to do ‘blogger’ awards as well?

    I have a couple of suggestions! 😈 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.08.12 09:26:48 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 1) : and to think some sites have to pay for a sub… I just get it all for free πŸ™‚

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.08.12 09:31:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • Best team player I reckon Botes could also have taken the award.

    And that darn Mullet of Bresler – dude that thing is killer, I cringe every time I see that thing, maybe that’s why HM won’t select him for the Boks, the world will think we’re still stuck in 1974 😯

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.08.12 09:33:05 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 5) : Reminds me of Joe Dirt – Business in the front, party in the back πŸ˜†

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.08.12 09:35:24 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 5) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 5) : Botes came close to that one.

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.08.12 09:37:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • I shall not say a word… *sitting with big fat satisfied smile, clapping, whisteling,*

    :mrgreen: – like THIS! Go Marcellie!

    Congrats to all who made our prestiguous awards! πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.08.12 09:39:18 by Ice Reply
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  • Which is the best though,Dean Mumm’s hand off to Marcel Coetzee or Eben Etzebeth playing Bulldozer to Bissie

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.08.12 10:15:53 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 9) : Eben scored a bit of an own-goal with that one, though

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.08.12 10:17:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • talking of hair styles i hope F Steyn keeps his short too, that afro he grows doesn’l help. But at least bresler’s mullet is a improvement on Andy Goode’s skullet.

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.08.12 10:28:07 by Dunx Reply

  • I dont get what the obsession is with Bismark’s clash and its outcome with Etzebeth – the guy is a giant and twice the size of Bismark.

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.08.12 10:39:10 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 12) : and yet bissie got up and carried on playing… Etzebeth had to spend 3 weeks nursing a sore hip

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.08.12 11:00:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 12) : @robdylan (Comment 13) : The thing that is not being remarked on nearly enough is how Keegan Daniel, who has approximately 10% the body mass of Eben Etzebeth, consistently bought him to ground using the “limpet clinging to a wave-battered rock on a rugged, winsdswept coastline (or LCWBRRWC for short)” tackle technique 😎

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.08.12 11:06:15 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : how?

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.08.12 11:06:17 by Megatron Reply

  • isn’t it amazing that SuperPat aka 3DPat does NOT appear anywhere on this award script? 😯 πŸ˜†

    Meyer also revealed that he saw Lambie more as a fullback, and not a regular flyhalf.

    “Patrick’s best position is fullback,” the Bok mentor said. “He has been injured for a while, so it was great to see him back playing.

    “He can also be a great No.10, but Patrick knows that he needs to improve his tactical kicking… and that’s the thing with MornΓ© as well at this stage.

    “Luckily a guy like Johann Goosen is going to play in the next three to four weeks, so that will give us more options.”

    Lambie must be confused as hell as i recall the current Bok backline coach saying something different.

    2012-06-06 07:45

    “I would say flyhalf is his best position. Pat took the right decisions under pressure at the Sharks and that’s what you expect from a flyhalf,” Loubscher told Die Burger. πŸ™„

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.08.12 11:14:35 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 16) : The way you constantly dredge these things up, you must have a pretty damn impressive press clipping achive/cross-referencing system…

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.08.12 11:17:12 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 17) : i call it a photographic memory πŸ™‚

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.08.12 11:30:50 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 15) :

    1) by injuring himself
    2) by his team losing the match

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.08.12 11:32:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 16) : I think Pat will acknowledge that this season didn’t turn out quite the way he wanted it to.

    I’ll blame it mostly on injury robbing him of continuity.

  • Comment 20, posted at 08.08.12 11:34:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 16) : Ja, the more things change the more they stay the same… πŸ™„

  • Comment 21, posted at 08.08.12 11:35:16 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : he didn’t get injured while shoving off bismarck so how do you relate the two? one is an incident in the 4th min of the game and the other is the result of the game? hehehehe

  • Comment 22, posted at 08.08.12 11:37:37 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 22) : it’s called poetic licence πŸ™‚

  • Comment 23, posted at 08.08.12 11:50:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • Well judged awards.

    And for goodness sake why the obsession with Goosen, the lad has completed a season and we have him in bright lights as the savior for SA rugby.

    Lambie is the only choice and offers a complete package. By never giving him an opportunity we will never know how good he can be. Just like PS useless no8, given 50 chances and remains useless. yet we have senior commentators saying Kanko has had opportunities and hasn’t taken them DUH how many opportunities as I recallhe was pretty close to MOM on an end of year tour against England and commentators then said he is here to stay……………..MMMmmmmm.

    And Stegman vs Keegan no contest

  • Comment 24, posted at 08.08.12 12:56:49 by Bayshark Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 22) : He was getting a lot of treatment during the game – I think he played on with the injury (nothing new from the Stormers), having said that I dont know when he got the injury but I think his clash with Bismark must take at least 1% of the credit.

  • Comment 25, posted at 08.08.12 13:53:52 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @ Culling Song (Comment 14) flip you made me laugh with that one nice πŸ™‚

  • Comment 26, posted at 08.08.12 14:04:37 by Dunx Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 25) : bumping bisse with one’s arm/shoulder and then hurting the hip? bwahahahahahaha far-fetched! πŸ˜†

  • Comment 27, posted at 08.08.12 16:34:25 by Megatron Reply


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