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