Australia’s Vodacom Super 14 players have voted De Wet Barry the dirtiest South African player, Pretoria the most boring place to visit and the Cheeatahs the worst team in the competition.
All players in the four Aussie franchises were required to complete a survery, the results of which have been made public by the Players Association.
Pretoria was voted the most boring place to visit, while Loftus is the least liked ground. Bulls lock Bakkies Botha was also voted the second-most dirtiest player polling 12.5% compared to Barry’s 14%.
Barry defended himself upon hearing the results. “I don’t think I’m a dirty player,” he told the Cape Times. “I am aggresive but have worked hard so that I don’t give away penalties. I will stand my ground for my team, but there’s no place in the game for punching.”
SA referee Tappe Henning (17%) was voted the second-worst in the Super 12, behind George Ayoub (21%), while the Cheetahs (26%) are tipped to finish last in the Super 14.
AUSSIE SURVEY RESULTS:
Most respected opponent: Tana Umaga 27%
Least liked ground: Loftus 22%
Favourite ground: Canberra Stadium 24.5%
Most parochial crowd: Loftus:
Biggest hitter or tackler: Jerry Collins 56%
Most competitive team-mate: Ben White 10%
Best referee: Matt Goddard 19%
Worst referee: George Ayoub 21%(2nd: Tappe Henning 17%)
Dirtiest player: De Wet Barry 14% (2nd: Bakkies Botha 12.5%)
Super 14 wooden spoon: Cheetahs 26%
Leading try scorer for 2006: Rico Gear 16% (2nd: Bryan Habana 13%)
Most feared player: Jerry Collins 26%