Springboks

Hougaard's try best of the year?

2014-11-20 13:00
Sport24 columnist Francois Hougaard (File)
Cape Town - Francois Hougaard's try against the All Blacks during this year's Rugby Championship is favourite to win the IRPA Try of the Year, according to bookmakers.

VIDEO: The five 2014 IRPA Try of the Year nominees

Hougaard's try brought the Ellis Park crowd to its feet in the final match of the Rugby Championship in October. The scrumhalf dived under the posts to finish off a move that had begun deep in South Africa’s 22 and involved all of the backline on the way to a 27-25 Springbok victory over New Zealand.

Hougaard's effort has been installed as the 8/5 favourite for the award by SA bookies sportingbet, narrowly ahead of team-mate Cornal Hendricks' five-pointer on his debut against Wales in Durban in June, at (7/4).

The other contenders for the award are tries by Welshman Jamie Roberts (10/3), England’s Jonny May (6/1) and Canada’s IRB Women’s Player of the Year 2014, Magali Harvey (8/1).

The award has been won twice previously by Springboks - Bryan Habana (2012) and Jaque Fourie (2009).

Previous winners:

2013 – Beauden Barrett (New Zealand)
2012 – Bryan Habana (South Africa)
2011 – Radike Samo (Australia)
2010 – Chris Ashton (England)
2009 – Jaque Fourie (South Africa)
2008 – Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)

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