Double delight for de Villiers

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 13 Feb 2014 at 10:40
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Last night was a very good night indeed for Springbok captain Jean de Villiers as he scooped the SA Rugby Player of the Year award for the second time in his career. De Villiers also walked away with the gong for Try of the Year for his score against Wales on the 2013 European Tour.

On a night when the Sharks didn’t do as well as hoped, only Fred Zeilinga (Vodacom Cup Player of the Year) managed to bag any silverware for Durban. Eben Etzebeth pipped Pieter-Steph du Toit in the Young Player of the Year contest, while Zeilinga lost out to a deserving Scarra Ntubeni in the Currie Cup Player of the Year division.

Big winners on the night were Jimmy Stonehouse and the Pumas, winning Coach and Team of the Year respectively, after a season in which they finally won promotion to the Currie Cup proper, after annihilating all comers in the First Division. Brendan Venter and the Sharks Currie Cup side again failed to make an impression in those categories, which was unfortunate given all the hard work done to rebuild the franchise from the ashes of the disastrous 2013 Super Rugby campaign.

Here is the full list of winners:

SARU Rugby Player of the Year
Winner: Jean de Villiers
Finalists: Bismarck du Plessis, Eben Etzebeth, Willie le Roux, Duane Vermeulen

Absa Young Player of the Year
Winner: Eben Etzebeth
Finalists: Pieter-Steph du Toit, Cheslin Kolbe, Siya Kolisi, Jan Serfontein

SARPA Players’ Player of the Year: Willie le Roux (Springboks, Toyota Cheetahs, GWK Griquas)

Springbok Sevens Player of the Year
Winner: Cornal Hendricks
Finalists: Frankie Horne, Seabelo Senatla

SA Under-20 Player of the Year
Winner: Cheslin Kolbe
Finalists: Jacques du Plessis, Seabelo Senatla

Absa Team of the Year
Winner: Steval Pumas
Finalists: The Sharks (Absa Currie Cup), Springboks

Absa Coach of the Year
Winner: Jimmy Stonehouse (Steval Pumas, SA President’s XV)
Finalists: Heyneke Meyer (Springboks), Brendan Venter (The Sharks)

Vodacom Super Rugby Player of the Year
Winner: Adriaan Strauss (Toyota Cheetahs)
Finalists: Willie le Roux (Toyota Cheetahs), Duane Vermeulen (DHL Stormers)

Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year
Winner: Scarra Ntubeni (DHL Western Province)
Finalists: Cheslin Kolbe (DHL Western Province), Fred Zeilinga (The Sharks)

Absa Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year
Winner: Rosko Specman (Steval Pumas)
Finalists: Alshaun Bock (SWD Eagles), Tiger Mangweni (EP Kings)

Vodacom Cup Player of the Year
Winner: Fred Zeilinga (Sharks XV)
Finalists: Marnitz Boshoff (Golden Lions), Rosko Specman (Steval Pumas)

Supersport Try of the Year
Winner: Jean de Villiers (Springboks v Wales in Cardiff)
Finalists: Zane Kirchner (Springboks v Australia, Cape Town), Bryan Habana (Springboks v New Zealand, Johannesburg), JP Pietersen (Springboks v Scotland, Edinburgh), Jano Vermaak (Vodacom Bulls v Southern Kings, Port Elizabeth), Lwazi Mvovo (The Sharks v Highlanders, Dunedin), Pat Lambie (The Sharks v Vodacom Bulls, Pretoria), Riaan Smit (Toyota Free State Cheetahs v Vodacom Blue Bulls, Pretoria), Rocco Jansen (GWK Griquas v Golden Lions, Johannesburg), Gio Aplon (DHL Western Province v The Sharks, Cape Town).

Marriott Referee Award: Jonathan Kaplan

Women’s Achiever of the Year: Zenay Jordaan (Eastern Province)

Cell C Community Cup Player of the Tournament: Giovano Fourie (GAP Management Despatch)

Coca-Cola Craven Week Player of the Tournament: Grant Hermanus (Western Province)


  • I sort of agree with awarding Team of the Year to the Pumas. After winning their division they still went on to beat the Griquas too. Stonehouse is working wonders with that team. I wonder if bigger unions have approached him for a coaching job?

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.02.14 10:55:32 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : He might actually be able to turn the Pumas into SA’s 6th big union.

    Now that would be pretty awesome.

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.02.14 10:59:03 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Keo-esque headline there Mr Otto.. 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.02.14 11:03:43 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I’m bummed the Sharks and Venter didn’t win, but I can’t think of a more deserving team and coach than the Pumas and Stonehouse.

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.02.14 11:33:56 by KingRiaan Reply

  • The Western Cape bias is palpable.

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.02.14 11:41:44 by MerckZ Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : eish, my bad 🙂

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.02.14 12:08:14 by robdylan Reply
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