Currie Cup

Carr: It's a real team effort

2014-10-08 14:36
Nizaam Carr (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Western Province star Nizaam Carr was the toast of the annual WP Rugby Awards on Tuesday night, but the modest loose forward was very quick to thank his team-mates and coaches for a memorable 2014 thus far.

Carr walked off with two coveted senior individual awards at the Southern Sun Cape Sun on Tuesday - the MVP award and the Players’ Player of the Year award.

Afterwards, the modest 23-year-old told the WP Rugby website: “For me, personally, it’s not about trophies or man-of-the-match awards, it’s a real team effort.

“I must thank the coaches for giving me the opportunities and believing in me. Without my team-mates and my coaches I would not be here accepting these awards. I am proud, but also very thankful to everyone, especially to my fellow players who saw it fit to vote for me as their players’ player.”

Carr made his senior provincial debut in 2011, but a serious knee injury halted his progress in 2012.

However, he has already played a total 37 matches for the Stormers - 16 this season - and an additional 26 games for Western Province.

“This is my first full year, in terms of playing through, so it’s been an enjoyable season on every level… I could go on and on, I don’t want the season to stop!" said Carr.
The skilful and speedy loose forward played most of the 2014 Super Rugby season in the No 6 jersey, but has been in outstanding form at No 8 during the Currie Cup.

He does not mind where he plays, however, as long as he can continue to contribute to a successful Currie Cup campaign, which could culminate in a home final after WP secured the right to host the 2014 finale with a game in hand.

“I really don’t mind at all where I play, I just want to play and will play wherever I am needed,” said Carr, “I will even play on the wing if there’s a gap for me there!

“It’s been a season to remember for so many reasons, but it’s far from finished,” he continued.

“This weekend we’re hosting the Sharks at Newlands, then we have the semi-finals and, hopefully, that home final too.

 “We all know our roles within the team… it’s clearly defined, which adds to the enjoyment. Although competition for places is very tough at the moment, that enjoyment and being comfortable in our roles is making it possible for players to excel on the field.

“We would love nothing more than rewarding our fans with a home final and bringing home the Currie Cup, but we know it will be tough and we know we still have plenty to do this season - the job is by no means complete.”

Western Province will host the Sharks at Newlands on Saturday at 17:05.

Regardless of Saturday’s outcome, they will host a home semi-final the next weekend (October 18 - opponents TBC) at Newlands.

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