The South African Rugby Awards takes place tonight at 19h30 (South African time).
In my honest opinion, it will be a bitter-sweet affair; with the senior Springbok team coming off what was generally a disappointing Rugby World Cup.
However, as the Lions will attest to, there is still some pride left in South African rugby. (pun absolutely intended)
A couple of team awards will be up for grabs this evening (01h30 Hong Kong time) but it’s surely the individual accolades that will be the most sought-after at the event.
The Springbok Sevens, coming off yesterday’s ‘nappy-gate‘ has been nominated in two categories:
ABSA Team of the Year as well as Coach of the Year (Paul Treu).
The Sevens Player of the Year has also been decided as will be announced on the night.
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I had cancelled my DSTV subscription shortly after RWC2011 so I’m going to be flying blind during the Awards. However, fear not as @BlitzBokke and @BokRugby (and I’m sure Supersport) will be tweeting live from the event.
I will be staying up till the end (around 3am my time) and will bring you all the news (winners) from the Awards Evening.
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And the nominees are:
Player of the Tournament: Craven Week:
And the winner is: Jan Serfontein
SARU National Club Championship Player of the Year:
And the winner is: Justin Wheeler (University of Johannesburg)
Referee of the year:
And the winner is: Craig Joubert
Supersport Try of the Year:
And the winner is: SA vs Aus Sevens – Sibusiso Sithole
Sevens Player of the Year:
And the winner is (of course): Cecil Afrika
SARU Rugby Player of the Year:
Schalk Burger, Bismarck du Plessis, Francois Hougaard, Pat Lambie, Victor Matfield
And the winner is: Schalk Burger
Young Player of the Year
Johan Goosen, Francois Hougaard, Elton Jantjies, Pat Lambie, Jaco Taute
And the winner is: ? Pat Lambie
Absa Team of the Year
Regent Boland Cavaliers, MTN Golden Lions, Springbok Sevens, DHL Stormers, University of Cape Town
And the winner is: ? MTN Golden Lions
Absa Coach of the Year
Allister Coetzee (DHL Stormers and Western Province), Eugene Eloff (Regent Boland Cavaliers), John Mitchell (MTN Lions and Golden Lions), John Plumtree (The Sharks), Paul Treu (Springbok Sevens)
And the winner is: ? John Mitchell
Vodacom Super Rugby Player of the Year
Gio Aplon, Schalk Burger, Bismarck du Plessis, Sarel Pretorius, Duane Vermeulen
And the winner is: ? Sarel Pretorius
Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year
Johan Goosen, Elton Jantjies, Frederic Michalak, Josh Strauss, Jaco Taute
And the winner is: ? Josh Strauss
Absa Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year
Bolla Conradie, Danwel Demas, Willie le Roux, Luke Watson, Elgar Watts
And the winner is: ? Elgar Watts
Vodacom Cup Player of the Year
Marnitz Boshoff, Marcell Coetzee, Lionel Cronje, JJ Engelbrecht, Juan Imhoff
And the winner is: ? Lionel Cronje
SA U/20 Player of the year
And the winner is: ArnoBotha
SA Players’ Player of the Year
And the winner is: Bismarck du Plessis
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SARU’s Rayaan Adriaanse just Tweeted this pic from Gold Reef City where the Awards Ceremony is being held:
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