Habana bags best player award

2012-11-01 21:39

Cape Town - Springbok winger Bryan Habana was on Thursday named South African Rugby Player of the Year for the third time, while Western Province picked up a brace of awards as their Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup success was recognised at a glittering ceremony at the Cape Town International Airport.

GALLERY: SA Rugby Awards Ceremony

The Sharks also scored off the field, with three awards heading to Durban.

Habana (29) was rewarded for his striking form as he helped the Stormers to the top of the log in Super Rugby and the semi-finals of that competition, while extending his record try scoring streak with the Springboks to 47.

Habana was in superb form in the Green and Gold this year and scored seven tries in 2012, including a hat-trick against Australia at Loftus Versfeld in the Rugby Championship, resulting in him being the top try scorer in the inaugural season of the competition.

He also took the field in the Currie Cup final in Western Province colours and won the coveted trophy with this team for the first time, after tasting glory with the Blue Bulls in 2009.

Unfortunately a knee injury sustained in the match rules him out of the Boks' outgoing tour to Ireland, Scotland and England. The most capped winger in Springbok history will be missed.

The speed merchant’s third award comes after similar accolades in 2005 and 2007. He becomes only the second player to win the title more than two times, following in the footsteps of Naas Botha, who won it four times.

He was voted as Player of the Year by South Africa’s accredited rugby media and the public, who voted via the Springboks Facebook page in competition with fellow nominees Keegan Daniel, Eben Etzebeth, Patrick Lambie and JP Pietersen.

Habana’s award was the finale of a star-studded night during which 16 awards were won for rugby excellence across all age groups and competitions in 16 categories.

Western Province had three more winners on the night with Demetri Catrakilis and Deon Fourie being named Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup Players of the Season and Eben Etzebeth walking away with the Young Player of the Year award.

The Sharks also scored a treble on the night with their Currie Cup team being named AbsaTeam of the Year and their head coach John Plumtree, walking away with the Coach of the Year award. Sharks captain Keegan Daniel was voted as Super Rugby Player of the Year by the six franchise coaches.

Junior Bok midfielder Jan Serfontein, who was named Player of the Tournament after the IRB’s Junior World Cup in South Africa in June, was almost a shoe-in for the SA Under-20 Player of the Year award, while Griffons utility back Hansie Graaff grabbed the spoils of Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year.

Cecil Afrika got the award for Springbok Sevens Player of the Year for the second year running in a new voting process which saw media and the public each contributing 50% of the vote.

The SARPA Players’ Player of the Year Award went to Springbok winger JP Pietersen, while Bryan Habana’s try against New Zealand in Dunedin was voted Supersport Try of the Year by the channel’s viewers.

Oregan Hoskins, President of SARU, congratulated the winners and applauded the achievements of local teams in 2012.

“We saw our Junior Boks win the IRB Junior World Championship on home soil, beating New Zealand for the title at Newlands, we had the Stormers top the log of the Super Rugby competition, which also had the Blue Bulls and the Sharks in the top six and then saw the latter reaching the final of the competition despite a very tough travelling schedule.

“On the domestic front the enlarged Currie Cup First Division lifted the standard of play considerably and the six-team Currie Cup Premier Division proved a massive success with every weekend delivering nail-biting action,” Hoskins said.

The winners and finalists (where applicable) in all the categories are:

SARU Rugby Player of the Year

Winner: Bryan Habana
Finalists: Keegan Daniel, Eben Etzebeth, Pat Lambie, JP Pietersen

Young Player of the Year

Winner: Eben Etzebeth
Finalists: Marcell Coetzee, Johan Goosen, Elton Jantjies, Raymond Rhule.

Team of the Year

Winner: Sharks (Currie Cup)
Finalists: Stormers (Super Rugby), EP Kings (Currie Cup First Division), Junior Boks (IRB Junior World Championship), Sharks (Super Rugby).

Coach of the Year

Winner: John Plumtree (Sharks)
Finalists: Allister Coetzee (Stormers and Western Province), Pote Human (Griquas), Alan Solomons (EP Kings), Dawie Theron (SA Under-20).

Super Rugby Player of the Year

Winner: Keegan Daniel (Sharks)
Finalists: Marcell Coetzee (Sharks), Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks), Eben Etzebeth (Stormers), JP Pietersen (Sharks).

Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year

Winner: Deon Fourie (Western Province)
Finalists: JC Janse van Rensburg (Golden Lions), Elton Jantjies (Golden Lions), Louis Ludik (Sharks), Raymond Rhule (Free State Cheetahs).

Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year

Winner: Hansie Graaff (Griffons)
Finalists: JW Jonker (Pumas), Rudi Mathee (Pumas), Paul Perez (EP Kings), Luke Watson (EP Kings).

Vodacom Cup Player of the Year

Winner: Demetri Catrakilis (Western Province)
Finalists: Marcel Brache (Western Province), Jaco Kriel (Golden Lions), Gouws Prinsloo (Sharks XV), Jan Serfontein (Blue Bulls).

SARPA Players’ Player of the Year: JP Pietersen (The Sharks)

Springbok Sevens Player of the Year: Cecil Afrika

SuperSport Try of the Year

Winner: Bryan Habana (Springboks v All Blacks, Rugby Championship)

Finalists: Johan Goosen (Cheetahs v Crusaders, Super Rugby); Joe Pietersen (Stormers v Highlanders, Super Rugby); Paul Jordaan (Sharks v Reds, Super Rugby); Jaco Taute (Golden Lions v Blue Bulls, Absa Currie Cup).

SA Under-20 Player of the Year: Jan Serfontein (Blue Bulls)

Coca-Cola Craven Week Player of the Tournament: Sergeal Petersen (Eastern Province)

Marriott Referee Award: Jaco Peyer

Women’s Achiever of the Year:
Yolanda Meiring (Blue Bulls)

SARU National Club Championship Player of the Tournament: Nico Luus (Pretoria Police)


  • lean.sadie - 2012-11-01 21:41

    Well deserved. Eben must have been very close too, but he got the Young player one. Well done to all the players, and Plum and all the rest involved.

      braam.groenewald.39 - 2012-11-01 21:50

      wil net weet hoe kry Africa sevens player of the year as hy soos 3 tounaments uit die 15 gespeel het, wys jou net watter joke die awards regtig is. geluk bryan wys jou net hoe mooi heyneke jou weer reg geruk het. ekt nie gesien dat dat jy die sa player onder allister gekry het nie

      lean.sadie - 2012-11-01 21:53

      Dan kry HM ook krediet vir Morne se goeie form ne? hahahaha. Wat van Hougaard, Greyling, JJ, en al die ander mense se goeie form ne? Of tel dit net vir die mense wat goed was? Miskien moet jy net wakker word.

      braam.groenewald.39 - 2012-11-01 22:04

      feit bly staan het bryan " sa rugby player" gekry toe HM nie betrokke was in sy rugby nie antwoord, NEE

      lean.sadie - 2012-11-01 22:14

      He did an awesome job with morne. Hougaard is also Better than ever before

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-11-01 22:19

      lean.sadie, must agree with you!! I would have chosen Etzabeth just on him taking on the whole Sharks pack and getting the upper hand, and being only 20yrs old!!!! COLOSSUS!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am not taking anything away from Bryan he had a great season!!!!

      braam.groenewald.39 - 2012-11-01 22:22

      jip dis hoekom hulle in die bok span is of het jy vergeet dat nie johan of jantjies enige groter verskil gemaak het teen nz as morras nie.

      frigo.donnerweer - 2012-11-01 22:35

      Congrats to the "flagship" team (as the bulls supporters will call it) with all your awards! Hahaha! Serious congrats to the real flagship teams..Weepee and Sarks! Go WP

      lean.sadie - 2012-11-01 23:01

      Braam jy is so Dom soos n box

      rickey.tickey - 2012-11-02 05:08

      Welgedaan Eben, jy verdien dit uit en uit.

      steyts - 2012-11-02 05:44

      The big difference for Bryan is that eh started working wth Dr. Sherylle Calder again. Well done to all the winners!!

      jasper.benadie - 2012-11-02 07:29

      Geluk Brian, sien sy stemme het opgegaan na die geld gooiery? Coincidence? Don’t think so!

  • Swapie - 2012-11-01 21:45

    Congrats! And congrats to Eben as well. Next year you will be the player of the year!

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-11-01 22:10

      Well done all winners!!

  • calebmuusha - 2012-11-01 21:45

    Its a 'Spar; good for u' moment for You old man.

  • markwmilligan - 2012-11-01 21:46

    Well done Bryan you deserve it.

      dao.muangnoicharoen - 2012-11-02 10:54

      no he didnt

  • BlouMasjien1 - 2012-11-01 21:48

    Congrats to all .

  • arthur.j.ware - 2012-11-01 21:48

    I think this is the first time that the team that won team of the year didn't win a single competition through out the year

      lean.sadie - 2012-11-01 21:50

      And? The deserved it.

      arthur.j.ware - 2012-11-01 22:07

      I never said they didn't, I think they did a great job getting to both finals but I think if nominations stayd open till after the curry cup WP probibly would have got it after winning both the curry cup and the vodacom cup

      steyts - 2012-11-02 06:51

      I also thought it was ridiculous!!! How on earth did the baby boks not win that award??? Surely a team that wins a world cup must be more worthy of the prize than a team that won no silverware this year!!!

      suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-11-02 07:18

      Arthur I agree with you, how did Plumtree win the award too cauz he won nothing, under 20 coach should have won this cauz they won world cup not south africa cup, please

      jason.children - 2012-11-02 11:10

      I think the under 21s should have gotten team of the year!!!

      deon.meyer.752 - 2012-11-02 17:04

      Bit of toss up for team of the year I think the baby boks should have got it. I think the Sharks sneaked it with the traveling away wins to get into the super rugby final, they were awesome those two weaks.

  • godfrey.welman - 2012-11-01 21:49

    This must be like a dagger in the heard for Rene, BlueRaven etc....Well done Bryan AKA "poeffies hands" by your protectors.

      jasper.benadie - 2012-11-02 08:34

      But mommy the BULLS.... Haha

  • shamiel.mathews - 2012-11-01 21:50

    Well done to Bryan Habana. All the hard work and determination is paying off. He is a real role model and inspiration to the youth. I think Ebene Etzebeth should possibly have shared it; but take nothing away from Habana.

  • justin.roper.3705 - 2012-11-01 21:57

    What now blou johnny?

      lean.sadie - 2012-11-01 21:58

      He has not said anything, prob got banned again.

      steven.rhode.311 - 2012-11-01 22:51

      Ag daai sot weet elkgeval niks van rugby nie! Hy hakkel net! Shame!

      jasper.benadie - 2012-11-02 08:34

      But mommy the Bulls.....

  • steven.rhode.311 - 2012-11-01 21:58

    Baie geluk Bryan, Eben, Sharks, Plum en elke ander persoon! Julle verdien dit vir julle harde werk! Wel gedaan manne!!!

  • dewald.holtzhausen - 2012-11-01 22:04

    nee wat.... wat n joke!!! hierdie awards wys net weer dat rugby in die land baie meer as net rugby is! soos alles in die land maak ons seker die REGTE persoon wen

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-02 03:59

      Dalk Turnstile "My-career-is-in-freefall" Steyn? Of Wallaby Hougaard? Miskien MacGuyver Dean "Dommer-as-'n-deurknop" Greyling? Wat van Koudkry Nik-naks? Nee wag ek weet, Pierre Spiertjies!!

      jasper.benadie - 2012-11-02 08:35

      Ek stem saam Dewald, Eben moes dit gekry het!!!

  • bruce.marcovich - 2012-11-01 22:20

    Congrats to all the winners and finalists, well deserved and thanks for all the great rugby.

  • Ollie - 2012-11-01 22:55

    Habana played well in all formats of the game duly deserving of the award and Keegan was certainly the stand out player of Super Rugby well done however despite this and having 5 loose forwards out through injury still no room in Meyers squad...

      toruk.makto.1675 - 2012-11-02 08:56

      As far as I know Habana only plays 15man rugby. Which other formats are you refering to?

      dao.muangnoicharoen - 2012-11-02 10:55

      well he meant watered down currie cup format. he hasnt been that good at super 15 for the last few seasons and internationally he has conceded more tries than anyone

      Ollie - 2012-11-02 12:24

      Super Rugby, International and the bit of currie cup that he played in. Just a tip don't click on toruk's name!

  • denese.newby - 2012-11-02 02:03

    Congarts to all - all deserved winners - especially John Plumtree, JP Pietersen, and Keegan Daniel.

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-02 03:49

    Well done to all the winners. Well deserved. But I do wonder about the team of the year award. Is the team of the year not the one that won the currie cup? Why do we have this award as well? Make no mistake, the Sharks were the most consistent team and played good rugby. But I just think the team of the year gets crowned in the CC final - there's no need for that award. Or is it just an award to have ABSA's name somewhere in the awards ceremony?

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-11-02 05:35

      Sore loser!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-02 06:51

      Pinkmasjien, please tell me just what did I (or my team for that matter) lose?

      jasper.benadie - 2012-11-02 08:39


      byron.goldberg.9 - 2012-11-02 14:09

      agree with u completley... sorry but team of the year shoud definately have not gone to the Sharks side... you have to finish... other wise the stormers were the best side by the same logic... most wins ever in super 15 history- otherwise the province currie cup side that beat the SHARKS side that won?? strange... otherwise the BABY BOKS!! but definately not the sharks... if u win accolades its because youve won something - 2012-11-02 20:37

      @ blue Raven, we can thank WP for the pressure put on the Lions. Is it so hard to credit a WP side?

  • piet.boerie - 2012-11-02 03:58

    What a load of BS. Sure he has increased his work load but he dropped a few balls before the line, mised tackles, overan passes and worst of all he comes our of the line causing defensive headaches and gave away tries. What a shocker that he is player of the year now wonder we can 3rd and our rankings dropped it this one trick show pony is our best player.

      piet.boerie - 2012-11-02 04:04

      Speed merchant bwhaha he lost the foot race with Aplon and Jean. Hahaha Would easily have chosen Eben or JPP. Do people actaully watch the game or do they watch the big screen like Brian does so he can always be seen? Shocker but I suppose daddy agent was pulling all the right strings in the background. For the Boks to be taken seriously guys like Habadonna, Jean, Sideshow Bob, Morne must go. So before you troll watch how many defensive lapses and 3 tries becuase he comes off the line. Tries score off your mistakes cannot be attributed to your tally.

      lean.sadie - 2012-11-02 05:42

      Jy moet daai papsak of wyn neersit ou perd. Learn to spell and use grammar too please. And you blame him for the Boks ranking? Hahahahahahahaha, dumbest comment yet, keep it coming. Wow it is hard to read your drivel..... I Count at least 15 mistakes in that short space. Eish eish.

      solliebc - 2012-11-02 06:45

      Boohoo cry me a river. I bet they're going to take away his award now.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-11-02 09:19

      I agree with Piet. We should know our rugby is in trouble when "intercept Habana" gets the player of the year award. The problem is no one else played well enough to get this pirce. Some times Saru should think of not awarding a prize when players were not good enough?

  • nico.prinsloo.92 - 2012-11-02 06:02

    Jaco Peyer of Jaco "Sharky" Peyper?

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-02 06:52

      Jaco Peyper will be honoured as best player in the final at the Shark's awards dinner.

      jasper.benadie - 2012-11-02 08:40

      HAHA WP blames the ref, whats new???

      nico.prinsloo.92 - 2012-11-02 17:59

      Jasper kyk die spelling in die berig......

  • freddie.s.swart - 2012-11-02 06:28

    Mense gee tog erkening vir Habana wat hy verdien.

      toruk.makto.1675 - 2012-11-02 08:59

      Freddie dis net die Bulle wat bietjie naar is oor Habana gewen het, dis nie "mense" nie.

      jasper.benadie - 2012-11-02 09:16

      toruk.makto.1675 - Mamparra, die 'bulls' sé Eben moes dit gekry het!!!

  • robert.reeve.7564 - 2012-11-02 06:31

    Well done Bryan and all the others selected; you're all great servants of the greatest game on the planet. Most 23's will applaud the selections, which proves the depth of our players. I hope HM takes cognizance.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-11-02 06:45

    How can the guppies get the team of the year award? They haven't won any trophy in any of the competitions. Strange.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-02 06:53

      My question too. I'm glad they get rewarded, though. They played well, consistently and played some good rugby too. But in my opinion, the team of the year is the team that won the Currie Cup. You don't even need this reward.

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-11-02 06:58

      WP won trophies in all of the competitions they participated in ie. Vodacom Cup winners, Super 15 (Conference Cup), CC winners, Surely, WP is the team of the year. The guppies may be seen as some as the strongest team but they should not be the team of the year given their no-show in winning any trophies..

      vernon.annandale.7 - 2012-11-02 07:32

      Jeez like! You guys win a cup for the 1st time in 11 yrs and you the bees knees? Get over yourselfs, all were deseved winners,congrats to every one of them

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-11-02 06:57

    Bryan just 3 more teams then you have played for all the cc teams

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-02 07:15

      Bryan is a rugby player. So he travelled around untill he found a union that plays rugby. So no, he won't move.

      toruk.makto.1675 - 2012-11-02 09:02

      Raven I'm sure he won his World Cup medal while playing for the Springboks.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-11-02 09:24

      It is interesting that Stormers / WP has played more kick and chase rugby since Habana arrived, it seemed as if he taught them how Blue Bulls rugby should be played.

  • david.stopforth.5 - 2012-11-02 07:13

    To the winners Well Done the. team of the year? They lost the cup Couch of the year Wp sorry that you have to loose out ALLISTER!!!!!!!!!

  • suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-11-02 07:15

    How did John win Coach of the Year when his team won nothing? the national under 20 coach should have won this please,

  • david.stopforth.5 - 2012-11-02 07:23

    BraamGroenewald jy is seker n slegte verloorder van Blou bulle

  • david.stopforth.5 - 2012-11-02 07:27

    Piet Boerie jy is ook n Dom Rugby hoender wat niks weet!!!!!

  • fbonthuys - 2012-11-02 07:34

    I called it! Habana jou legend. Ook baie bly vir veral Eben en Deon

  • lomay.botha1 - 2012-11-02 08:03

    Jan Serfontein Won an award as a Baby Bok not a Blue Bull so the bulls didn't win anything, that's funny coz they are the so called best team for winning the super rugby 3 times but they don't have a single cup currently...

      jasper.benadie - 2012-11-02 08:43

      BUT MOMMY THE BULLS............... - 2012-11-02 20:21

      @ blue raven, when we won the Vodacom Cup, some Bulls supporters were saying we were cupless for 11 year eveb after the Vodacom Cup. What makes the U/21 trophy more special than the Vodacom Cup

      lean.sadie - 2012-11-02 21:48

      brendan, only the cups they win count. You did not know that? They also only remember the cups they won years ago.

      niel.walt - 2012-11-03 09:42

      Wasn't jan serfontein still at the cheetas when he played in the jnr world champs?

  • byron.wright.102 - 2012-11-02 08:39

    At least the the top coaches in SA realized Keegan Daniels ability- Pity the one that counts doesnt

      jasper.benadie - 2012-11-02 09:17

      HM is the ONLY top coach in SA!!!

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-11-02 09:27

      He could not make the step up to Bok rugby and missed a crucial tackle in CC Final.

  • ckrohne1 - 2012-11-02 09:34

    Bloody hell, didnt expect this Etsebeth seems to have been the Talk of town.....I wonder what all the Habana bashers have to that he is WP/Stomer player........WP Jou Lekkers en Beste Ding!!!!

      jasper.benadie - 2012-11-02 09:41

      Those R50 notes did the trick

      steven.rhode.311 - 2012-11-02 15:33

      Ag jasper jy is pateties! Hardloop voor n trein in!

      jasper.benadie - 2012-11-02 16:45

      steven.rhode.311 - Ek is so sterk, die gautrein sal my nie dood kry nie!!!

  • abubaker.abbass - 2012-11-02 11:30

    Never let anyone tell u,u are done or can't reach your goals!YOU in control of ur own destiny #followdabryanhabanastory legend @BryanHabana

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