'Coetzee unlucky to miss SARU award'
Cape Town - Sharks assistant coach Brad MacLeod-Henderson believes Bok flank Marcell Coetzee was 'a little unlucky' not to be named as the country's best player last year.
GALLERY: SA Rugby Player of the Year Awards
Coetzee's Springbok team-mate, Duane Vermeulen, last Sunday received the 2014 SARU Player of the Year award.
The Stormers captain pipped Coetzee, Nizaam Carr, Willie le Roux and Handre Pollard to the award.
Vermeulen also won the coveted SARPA Players’ Player of the Year and Super Rugby Player of the Year awards for 2014.
MacLeod-Henderson on Tuesday spoke to Rugby365 ahead of the Sharks' opening Super Rugby encounter against the Cheetahs in Durban this weekend.
MacLeod-Henderson said Coetzee was the world's best openside flank after a stellar 2014 season.
"He had an unbelievable season last year and I think he was maybe a little unlucky to be pipped by Duane Vermeulen."
The Sharks start their 2015 Super Rugby campaign at home against the Cheetahs on Saturday (17:05 kick-off).
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Clayton Blommetjies, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Joe Petersen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Jean Cook, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Danie Minnie.
Substitutes: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 BG Uys, 18 Maks van Dyk, 19 Carl Wegner, 20 Boom Prinsloo, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Willie du Plessis, 23 Cornal Hendricks