Plumtree, Fouché bag awards
Louis Fouché (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Sharks coach John Plumtree and young Blue Bulls points machine Louis Fouché were on Tuesday named as the Currie Cup coach and player respectively for August.
Plumtree was instrumental in guiding the KwaZulu-Natal outfit to impressive victories over 2011 Currie Cup champions, the Golden Lions and also Western Province last month.
Rookie Blue Bulls flyhalf Fouché received plaudits for some impressive displays in the No 10 jersey for the Pretoria-team
The announcements were made at two separate handovers on Tuesday. Plumtree received his award in Durban with Fouché accepting his in Pretoria.
Both winners walked away with R10 000 each, courtesy of tournament sponsor, Absa.
The Currie Cup Coach and Player of the Month competitions is designed to acknowledge and reward coaches for their outstanding leadership and players for their consistency and for significantly contributing to the overall performance of their teams.
The monthly winners were chosen by a media panel consisting of respected journalists and commentators.
Other nominees included Golden Lions coach, Johann Ackermann, who led the Johannesburg-based team to the top of the standings in August and Blue Bulls mentor, Pine Pienaar, for transforming a young team into a formidable unit. Plumtree received the highest number of votes from the judging panel. He also won this monthly award in August 2009 and was named the 2008 Currie Cup Coach of the Season.
The 2012 edition of the Currie Cup has already seen a number of young players raising their game and producing some outstanding performances.
Players such as the Free State Cheetahs winger Raymond Rhule, in his maiden season was one of the front runners and Blue Bulls flanker CJ Stander has been a key figure in the Loftus Versfeld side’s arsenal. He ran in closely behind Fouché for the award of Player of the Month.
Fouché, however, received the nod for being the leading points-scorer in the tournament and displaying commendable distribution skills with composure beyond his age.John Plumtree (Gallo Images)