• Kriel wins big at Lions awards

    Flanker Jaco Kriel was named Lions Player of the Year at an end-of-year function at Carnival City on Tuesday night.

    Not only did the Lions captain walk away with the top accolade, but he was also voted as the Players’ Player of the Year and the Supporters’ Player of the Year.

    Lock Franco Mostert proved another firm favourite and took honours as the union’s Forward of the Year, while Ross Cronjé was named the Lions’ Backline Player of the Year.

    Specifically for Vodacom Super Rugby, No 8 Warren Whiteley walked away with the Forward of the Year accolade, while winger Ruan Combrinck was named Backline Player of the Year.

    Newcomer Lourens Erasmus, who produced a number of strong performances during the Currie Cup, was named the Most Promising Player of the Year.

    Lions award winners:

    Player of the Year: Jaco Kriel            
    Supporters’ Player of the Year: Jaco Kriel      
    Players’ Player of the Year: Jaco Kriel                                                                          
    Forward of the Year: Franco Mostert                                
    Backline Player of the Year: Ross Cronjé                                      
    Super Rugby Forward of the Year: Warren Whiteley                           
    Super Rugby Backline Player of the Year: Ruan Combrinck                           
    Most Improved Player of the Year: Lourens Erasmus    
    U21 Player of the Year: Bobby de Wee
    U21 Backline Player of the Year: Rohan Janse van Rensburg
    U21 Forward of the Year: Ramone Samuels
    U19 Player of the Year: James Venter
    U19 Backline Player of the Year: Hendrik Mulder
    U19 Forward of the Year: Juandre Michau

    Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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    Craig Lewis