Hooper voted top of the Tahs

Fri, 30 Aug 2013 08:15
Large michaelhooperrebelstry Large israel folau celebrates2

Michael Hooper has been named as the Waratahs players’ player of the year, with Israel Folau best back and Benn Robinson best forward.

Michael Hooper has been named as the Waratahs players’ player of the year, with Israel Folau best back and Benn Robinson best forward.

Hooper lifted the Matthew Burke Cup at the team’s annual Awards Dinner held at Sydney’s ivy and attended by key sponsors, stakeholders, members and Waratahs players and staff.

It is his second accolade in a matter of weeks, after the 21-year-old was recently named Australia’s Super Rugby player of the year for 2013 by the country’s leading media pundits.

Having made the most line breaks of any forward in competition, the most metres run of any Australian forward and the second most metres run of any forward overall, Hooper finished his first year with the Waratahs with 298 votes.  

In second place with 200 votes, Folau picked up the award for best back, and also scooped the Members’ Choice Player of the Year, just hours after announcing he had re-signed with the Waratahs for a further two seasons.

In third place was last year’s best back, Adam Ashley-Cooper, who amassed a total of 171 votes, just four clear of fellow back Bernard Foley, who came in fourth.

The season’s best forward, Benn Robinson, came in fifth with 150 votes, whilst Sitaleki Timani, Peter Betham, Wycliff Palu, Kane Douglas and Paddy Ryan rounded out the top ten.

Voting is conducted after every Super Rugby match, with each player in the match day 22  submitted their votes on a 3-2-1 basis to determine the overall result.

Leading the voting throughout the season, Hooper had amassed a massive 153 votes in the first six matches, almost double the tally of second-placed Foley, who led Robinson and Ashley-Cooper by just 12 votes.   

After Round 13 against the Stormers, Hooper’s advantage had been cut to just 29 points with the arrival in the top three of Folau, whose dominant performances against the Chiefs, Bulls and Kings saw him leap up four places after monopolising the voting in those rounds.

But after a try-scoring effort in the win over the Brumbies in Round 14 and two further points’ hauls in the games that followed against the Rebels and Crusaders, Hooper’s lead was unassailable. After a Wallaby-enforced absence against the Force, he returned with a man-of-the-match performance in the season-closing game against the Reds to close out an outstanding inaugural season in the sky blue.

Newcomer Will Skelton received the Chris Whitaker Aspiring Waratah Award, won last year by Bernard Foley, while Hooper also collected the prestigious Waratah Medal for on and off-field excellence.

The 2013 Members’ Choice Player of the Year Award went to Folau, who received 37% of members’ votes, beating Ashley-Cooper (15%), Foley (13%), Hooper and Dave Dennis (6% each).

Seventeen debutants were presented with their New South Wales caps after making their first appearances for the Waratahs this season, while centurian Tatafu Polota Nau was honoured after becoming the seventh player to earn 100 caps. Also honoured were four players reaching the half-century through the course of the season: Dennis, Sekope Kepu, Rob Horne and Kane Douglas.

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 27 May 2016
Hurricanes v Highlanders 07h35 Wellington
Waratahs v Chiefs 09h40 Sydney
Boland v Eagles 13h00 Wellington
Free State Cheetahs v Pumas 13h00 Bloemfontein
Kings v Jaguares 17h00 Ascoli Piceno
Border v Falcons 17h00 East London
Sat, 28 May 2016
Blues v Crusaders 07h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Sunwolves 09h40 Canberra
Western Province v Griquas 10h15 Newlands
Blue Bulls v Leopards 12h15 Loftus Versfeld
Stormers v Cheetahs 13h00 DHL Newlands
Namibia v Griffons 13h00 Windhoek
Golden Lions v EP Kings 13h00 Johannesburg
Saracens v Exeter Chiefs 14h00 London
Bulls v Lions 15h05 Loftus Versfeld
Leinster v Connacht 16h30 Edinburgh
Sun, 29 May 2016
Rebels v Force 06h05 Melbourne
England v Wales 14h00 London
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 11 6 0 5 30
Brumbies 11 7 0 4 29
Rebels 10 5 0 5 23
Reds 13 3 1 9 16
Force 11 2 0 9 11
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Chiefs 11 9 0 2 42
Crusaders 11 9 0 2 41
Highlanders 11 8 0 3 37
Hurricanes 11 7 0 4 36
Blues 11 6 1 4 29
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Bulls 11 7 1 3 32
Stormers 11 6 1 4 32
Cheetahs 11 3 0 8 16
Sunwolves 11 1 1 9 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 11 8 0 3 37
Sharks 12 7 1 4 35
Jaguares 11 2 0 9 13
Kings 11 1 0 10 4