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SARU announce award nominees

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Currie Cup, EP Kings, Lions, Original Content, Other SA Teams, Sharks, Springboks, Stormers, Super Rugby, Vodacom Cup, WP on 25 Oct 2012 at 08:56
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The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has made public its nominees for the various awards on offer at a ceremony to be held on 1 November 2012, with the Sharks featuring in every category that they can be nominated in and standing a decent chance of picking up a few awards.

As you all know, the SARU Rugby Player of the Year was a ten horse race, which has now been cut down to five, three Sharks in Keegan Daniel, Pat Lambie and JP Pietersen while the Stormers are represented through Eben Etzebeth and Bryan Habana.

The Young player of the Year sees a single Sharks nomination in Marcell Coetzee, but the firm favourite has to be Eben Etzebeth from the Stormers/Western Province. Other nominees are Johan Goosen, Elton Jantjies and Cheetahs winger Raymond Rhule.

The ABSA team of the Year sees the Sharks being nominated twice, for their efforts in Super Rugby and then again for hosting the Currie Cup Final. Other teams are the EP Kings, for winning the Currie Cup First Division, the South African Under 20 team for winning the IRB Junior World Championship and the Stormers, for winning the South African conference in Super Rugby.

A sure win for the Sharks will be the award for Coach of the Year, where John Plumtree has led his team to two finals this year, with Allister Coetzee, Pote Human, Alan Solomons and Dawie Theron being the other nominations.

Other award dominated by Sharks is the Super Rugby Player of the Year, where four of the five nominations are Sharks in Marcell Coetzee, Bismarck du Plessis, Keegan Daniel and JP Pietersen being joined by a lone Stormer in Eben Etzebeth in this category.

Other Sharks to be nominated include Louis Ludik as the Currie Cup Player of the year and Gouws Prinsloo for the Vodacom Cup Player of the Year.

We wish all the Sharks representatives all the best in bringing back awards.

SARU Rugby Player of the Year:
1. Keegan Daniel
2. Eben Etzebeth
3. Bryan Habana
4. Pat Lambie
5. JP Pietersen

Young Player of the Year:
1. Marcell Coetzee
2. Eben Etzebeth
3. Johan Goosen
4. Elton Jantjies
5. Raymond Rhule

Absa Team of the Year:
1. Eastern Province Kings (Absa Currie Cup First Division)
2. The Sharks (Vodacom Super Rugby)
3. The Sharks (Absa Currie Cup)
4. South Africa Under-20 (IRB Junior World Championship)
5. DHL Stormers (Vodacom Super Rugby)

Absa Coach of the Year:
1. Allister Coetzee (DHL Stormers and Western Province)
2. Pote Human (GWK Griquas)
3. John Plumtree (The Sharks)
4. Alan Solomons (EP Kings)
5. Dawie Theron (SA Under-20)

Vodacom Super Rugby Player of the Year:
1. Marcell Coetzee (The Sharks)
2. Keegan Daniel (The Sharks)
3. Bismarck du Plessis (The Sharks)
4. Eben Etzebeth (DHL Stormers)
5. JP Pietersen (The Sharks)

Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year:
1. Deon Fourie (DHL Western Province)
2. JC Janse van Rensburg (MTN Golden Lions)
3. Elton Jantjies (MTN Golden Lions)
4. Louis Ludik (The Sharks)
5. Raymond Rhule (Toyota Free State Cheetahs)

Absa Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year:
1. Hansie Graaff (Griffons)
2. JW Jonker (Ford Pumas)
3. Rudi Mathee (Ford Pumas)
4. Paul Perez (EP Kings)
5. Luke Watson (EP Kings)

Vodacom Cup Player of the Year:
1. Marcel Brache (DHL Western Province)
2. Demetri Catrakilis (DHL Western Province)
3. Jaco Kriel (MTN Golden Lions)
4. Gouws Prinsloo (Sharks XV)
5. Jan Serfontein (Vodacom Blue Bulls)


  • The Sharks are very well represented!!

    Not a Blue Bull in sight for ANY award!

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.10.12 09:10:18 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Gouws Prinsloo for Vodacom Cup POTY? He did have a very good campaign, didn’t he?

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.10.12 09:12:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • I would pick –

    SA u/20

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.10.12 09:15:11 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : Daar is een….kyk HEEL onder! 😉 😆

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.10.12 09:17:11 by Ice Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) :

    Damn I missed Jan Serfontein right at the bottom. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.10.12 09:17:50 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Surely the Under-20s will take team of the year.

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.10.12 09:38:07 by MysticShark Reply
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  • Very nice 😎

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.10.12 09:46:45 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Does this mean our voting en mass was just to get Keegan in the final 5?

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.10.12 10:14:17 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 8) : Seems like it…. 👿

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.10.12 10:29:45 by Ice Reply
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  • At least Keegan topped the public vote that is as far as we can influence the vote.

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.10.12 10:43:59 by markp Reply

  • @markp (Comment 10) : I questioned the exclusion of Marcell in the Player of the year – was given the answer that nominations came from media – 80% of them in JHB and Cape…so I wonder who does the final voting…this might be as close as Keegs would get to the trophy. At least we know he topped it by at least 4% – so lets hope theyr take that into consideration….

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.10.12 11:00:12 by Ice Reply
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  • POY- Habana
    YPOY- Etzebeth
    TOY- SA U21
    COY- Plumtree
    S15- Bismark
    CC- Rhule
    1st div- ?

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.10.12 11:10:47 by Amateur Reply

  • Well, we can’t say that we were truly unbiased in our decision, but if the media votes for the winner I fear any form of public voice will be rendered moot. News24 has all but proclaimed Eben the winner

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.10.12 11:19:26 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 13) : exactly

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.10.12 11:20:22 by Ice Reply
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  • @Amateur (Comment 12) : You and I are going to become un-friends with your selection… 😈

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.10.12 11:20:59 by Ice Reply
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  • young player of the Year … Johan Goosen ? yes for all 80 min he played this season … what a boytjie …

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.10.12 11:43:13 by Zibbie Reply
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  • I hop Andy Capastagno doesn’t get a vote for CCPOTY…

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.10.12 11:49:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.10.12 11:53:13 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 15) : Come on Ice, what you unhappy with? If It is the first one, I originally had Daniel and Habana and Etzebeth and Bismark. Luckily they have a category for Etzebeth and Bismark elsewhere. Habana scored a hat trick against Aus and a superb try against the AB’s. He has been in great form for WP. Daniel has been in superb form in the CC and has scored some brilliant tries. Tried to look at it from a totally outsiders view. If Keegan had scored 4 international tries then he would already have the award. I realise that a wing has more opportunity. You know what? I change my mind everytime I think about it so just because you are so nice lets change the first award to Daniel. Watch a complete outsider get it. Any others you disagree with?

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.10.12 12:04:41 by Amateur Reply

  • Another point is that, if Sharks win CC, they would probably get team of the year. I also think that performances of individual players in the final will count for and against them. People tend to forget the rest of the season. This counts against Bismark.

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.10.12 12:19:54 by Amateur Reply

  • @Amateur (Comment 19) : Any other bloke, oke and chick on here would be able to give you that answer…YPOTY or SRPOTY… My vote goes tooooooooo *drumroll*….Marcell! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.10.12 12:22:55 by Ice Reply
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  • @Amateur (Comment 19) : The measure of a player is not by how many tries he scores, but by how he scores them, or helps others in his team to score. And not playing at international level enough to do it there is not his fault, but our lovely coach’s

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.10.12 12:23:06 by Die Kriek Reply

  • I can’t see why Jantjies is in the group of Young Player of the Year. He is an old hand now because he is playing rugby for a while now. There are also other guys who could be nominated in this category. He received an award already in this category.

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.10.12 12:30:01 by Marge Reply

  • I can foresee a lot of Black and White walking away with awards.

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.10.12 12:31:18 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @Marge (Comment 23) : You are so right! I was thinking the same… a bit odd.

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.10.12 12:31:42 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 21) : Ohhh ok. I see we have a new hero. I hate to say it but S15 was all Bismark. He made more turnovers than any fetcher. Etzebeth has been outstanding as well. Marcel is right up there though. Great to have two youngsters of this class. Bodes well for the future.

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.10.12 13:42:03 by Amateur Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 22) : I hear you. The problem is that Habana didnt score too many whereby he just had to fall over the line. His all round play was also outstanding, except for his attempt at an interception in the Soweto game.
    Youngsters to watch for awards next year: Jordaan and Reinach.

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.10.12 13:44:53 by Amateur Reply

  • @Amateur (Comment 26) :

    I agree S15 Player of the year must be Bismarck.

    Is it a case of ‘out of sight out of mind’ with Bismarck?

  • Comment 28, posted at 25.10.12 13:54:25 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 28) : I agree as well, but Marcell held a very impressive overall tournie record too. And if he does not get YPOTY, I at least want him then to get SRPOTY.

  • Comment 29, posted at 25.10.12 14:32:12 by Ice Reply
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