Bok rejects the big winners

Kabamba Floors and Luke Watson claimed three major SA Rugby awards on Wednesday night, once again raising questions why they are not with the Springbok squad.

Floors walked away with the Player’s Player of the Year and Absa Currie Cup Player of the Year awards, while Luke Watson was named Super 14 Player of the Year. Both aren’t deemed good enough to tour with the Boks.

The Players’ Player of the Year Award, which is supposedly chosen by the country’s professional players, was awarded to Floors, after Watson was originally named as the winner on Monday. According to Saru’s spin doctors, the two players had the same number of votes, so Saru president Regan Hoskins decided to give Floors the award. This followed Sarpa chairman Piet Heymans’ claim that Floors had won by eight votes after the voting cut-off time had been extended (presumably to allow Floors to go past Watson).

In the top award of the night, Bok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez was named as South Africa’s Player of the Year. Previous winners of the Player of the Year include Andre Vos, Andre Venter, Breyton Paulse, Joe van Niekerk, Ashwin Willemse, Schalk Burger and Bryan Habana.

Stefan Basson is the Sasol SA Sevens Player for 2006, while Springbok newcomer Pierre Spies was crowned the Sasol Most Promising Player of the Year.

Like Floors, Keegan Daniel walked off with two awards. He was voted as the Vodacom Cup Player of the Year as well as the Sasol SA U21 Player of the Year.

Gio Aplon’s effort in the Absa Currie Cup match for Western Province against the Blue Bulls at Newlands was judged as the Supersport Try of the Year.

Leading SA referee Jonathan Kaplan was named the Referee of the Year.

AWARD WINNERS:

Absa SA Rugby Player of the Year: Fourie du Preez (Vodacom Blue Bulls)
Player’s Player of the Year: Kabamba Floors (Vodacom Free Sate Cheetahs)
Sasol SA Sevens Player of the Year: Stefan Basson (Vodacom Blue Bulls)
Sasol Most Promising Player of the Year: Pierre Spies (Vodacom Blue Bulls)
Vodacom Rugby Super 14 Player of the Year: Luke Watson (Vodacom Western Province)
Absa Currie Cup Player of the Year: Kabamba Floors (Vodacom Free State Cheetahs)
Vodacom Cup Player of the Year: Keegan Daniel (Sharks)
Sasol SA U21 Player of the Year: Keegan Daniel (Sharks)
SA U19 Player of the Year: Francois Steyn (Sharks)
Supersport Try of the Year: Gio Aplon (Vodacom Western Province)
National Club Championship Player of the Tournament: Deon Booysen (Progress Rugby Club, Eastern Province)
Women’s Rugby Player of the Year: Mandisa Williams (Border)
Referee of the Year: Jonathan Kaplan (SA Rugby)
Craven Week Player of the Tournament: Cecil Afrika (Griffons)