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G&GR Reds Player of the Year

G&GR Reds Player of the Year

At the end of each game throughout the 2010 Super 14 season over at the forum, readers have submitted their 3-2-1’s for each Australian team. All of these votes will accumulated and an overall 3-2-1 assigned for each match to the three leading point getters for each Aussie team. This is a throw back to the old fashioned best and fairest type voting that various media organisations, and indeed players, would do at the end of the match.

We think so much of the posters on this site that last year we introduced the G&GR Wallaby Player of the Year award, decided by way of the same method (votes made after each test match). King George won the title last year and was so overcome with emotion he soon realised that there was no longer anything he needed to accomplish in World Rugby, and retired.

Let’s hope that same doesn’t occur with this years inaugural (and once off it would seem) Super 14 winners.  First up, let’s go to the Reds and look back through the season and how it all unfolded.

Round 1 v Waratahs

3 Will Genia
2 Peter Hynes
1 James Horwill

Waratahs 30 (Wycliff Palu, Rorey Sidey tries; Daniel Halangagu conv, pg; Berrick Barnes 4 pg, dg) defeated Reds 28 (Daniel Braid, James Horwill tries; Penalty Try; Quade Cooper 2 conv, 2 pg, dg)

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Round 2 v Crusaders

3 Quade Cooper
2 Will Genia
1 Anthony Faingaa

Reds 41 (Digby Ioane, Rodney Davies tries; Quade Cooper 2 tries, 3 conv, 5 pg) defeated Crusaders 20 (Andy Ellis, Brad Thorn tries; Dan Carter 2 conv, 2 pg)

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Round 3 v Blues

3 Will Genia
2 Saia Faingaa
1 Daniel Braid

Blues 27 (Rene Ranger, Anthony Boric, Alby Mathewson, Rudi Wulf tries; Stephen Brett conv, Pg; Lachie Munro Conv) defeated Reds 18 (Will Genia, Laurie Weeks tries; Quade Cooper conv, 2 pg)

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Round 4 v Chiefs

3 Daniel Braid
2 Will Genia
1 Van Humphries

Reds 23 (Will Chambers, Luke Morahan tries; Quade Cooper 2 conv, 3 pg) defeated Chiefs 18 (Sitiveni Sivivatu, Lelia Masaga, Sona Taumalolo tries; Stephen Donald pg)

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Round 5 v Force

3 Anthony Faingaa
2 Quade Cooper
1 Will Genia

Reds 50 (Anthony Faingaa 2, Digby Ioane 2, Scott Higginbottham 2, Luke Morahan tries; Quade Cooper 5 conv, pg; Ben Lucas conv) defeated Force 10 (Nick Cummins try; James O’connor conv, pg)

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Round 6 (BYE)

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Round 7 v Cheetahs

3 Will Genia
2 Van Humphries
1 Peter Hynes

Reds 31 (Peter Hynes, Digby Ioane tries; Will Genia try, pg; Quade Cooper 2 conv, 3 pg) defeated Cheetahs 10 (Ashley Johnson try; Naas Olivier conv; Meyer Bosman pg)

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Round 8 v Sharks

3 Quade Cooper
2 Digby Ioane
1 Anthony Faingaa

Sharks 30 (Jacques Botes, Odwa Ndungane, JP Pietersen tries; Ruan Pienaar 3 conv, 3 pg) defeated Reds 28 (Will Chambers 2, Greg Holmes tries; Quade Cooper try, 4 conv)

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Round 9 v Lions

3 Quade Cooper
2 Peter Hynes
1 Anthony Faingaa

Reds 41 (Rodney Davies 2, Saia Faingaa, Peter Hynes, Ezra Taylor tries; Quade Cooper try, 4 conv, pg) defeated Lions 26 (Michael Killian 2, Franco Van Der Merwe tries; Herkie Kruger try, 3 conv)

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Round 10 v Bulls

3 Will Genia
2 Saia Faingaa
1 Scott Higginbotham

Reds 19 (Scott Higginbotham, Rodney Davies tries; Quade Cooper 3 pgs) defeated Bulls 12 (Derrick Kuun, Pedrie Wannenburg tries; Morne Steyn conv)

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Round 11 v Stormers

3 Will Genia
2 Ben Daley
1 Anthony Faingaa

Reds 16 (Will Chambers try; Quade Cooper conv, 3 pg) defeated Stormers 13 (Andries Bekker try; Peter Grant 2 pg)

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Round 12 v Brumbies

3 Anthony Faingaa
2 Daniel Braid
1 Will Genia

Brumbies 32 (Ben Alexander 2, Mark Chisholm, Josh Valentine tries; Matt Giteau 3 conv, 2 pg) defeated Reds 12 (Quade Cooper 4 pg)

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Round 13 v Hurricanes

3 Will Genia
2 Digby Ioane
1 Radike Samo

Hurricanes 44 (Hosea Gear 3, Cory Jane, David Smith, Tamati Ellison tries; Piri Weepu 4 conv, 2 pg) defeated Reds 21 (Scott Higginbotham, Rodney Davies, Will Chambers tries; Quade Cooper 3 conv)

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Round 14 v Highlanders

3 Quade Cooper
2 Will Genia
1 Sean Hardman

Reds 38 (Poutasi Luafutu 2, Radike Samo, Digby Ioane, Peter Hynes tries; Quade Cooper try, 4 conv) defeated Highlanders 36 (Fetu’u Vainikolo 2, Chris King, Jason Rutledge tries; Israel Dagg try, 4 conv, pen)

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Well, there’s no real need to build the drama here. The above post looks like the Genia family scrap book there’s so many photos of Will. So, yes, Will Genia is the inaugural G&GR Reds Super 14 Player of the Year. With the final leader board being:

Position Player Points
1st Will Genia 26
2nd Quade Cooper 14
3rd Anthony Faingaa 10
4th Daniel Braid 6
5th Peter Hynes 5
6th Saia Faingaa 4
6th Digby Ioane 4
8th Van Humphries 3
9th Ben Daley 2
10th James Horwill 1
10th Scott Higginbotham 1
10th Radike Samo 1
10th Sean Hardman 1

So what do you think? Was it as clear as the points would indicate? Any surprising omissions? Laurie Weeks seemed to suffer the Tight Head’s curse of being invisible to most. No Will Chambers or Rodney Davies? One thing for sure, when QLD played well Quade and Sanchez usually played well making it damn hard for almost anyone else to get points.

  • Scotty

    All of these votes will accumulated and an overall 3-2-1 assigned for each match to the three leading point getters for each Aussie team.

    Noddy, you gave it away at the start!

  • Geeves

    Logically the sparkling backline play captured the attention because when on fire they scored at will with style and flair that we have been staved of.

    Sitting back and reflecting of how I allocated points. I was rewarding this flair and execution after years of suffering a stuttering, stumbling mess. I should have probably given more points to the pigs (we can all see what the loss of Braid means) but watching Genia in particular direct the team around, stoically defend and carve up the opposition with snipes. He was the clear winner.

  • Scotty

    Yep, agree with Genia as the clear winner, however the likes of Braid and VanHumphries also deserved a lot of credit. The Reds would have been a lot lower on the table if these two weren’t involved.

  • Seb V

    Im pretty happy with the result! I would have picked the exact top 3 for my choice of the reds players of the year. Point system must be working well!

  • Patrick

    Genia got 62% of the maximum score. Only JO’C has a shot at being that dominant for one of the other teams.

    • Casho West

      Hodgson may even beat that for the Force

  • Reddy!

    Genia for PM?

  • Reddy!

    Congrats to Quade Cooper for winning the Super 14 player of the year. Easily the best Super 14 flyhalf of all time.

  • Noice

    30 McKenzie
    28 McCall
    25 Barnes

    • Noice

      Oh and 24 for Mooney. Rome wasn’t built in a day

      • Jim Karmichael has to be in there somewhere too.

  • Robson

    How does Radike get into 10th spot ahead of Laurie Weeks? Samo only played two games and admittedly gave it a big grunt in the first match, but he was virtually a passenger in the second.

    • Noddy

      I think its because THP’s rarely score the accolades they deserve. Also, Samo stood out in a poor performance so got a lot of points that match (v Canes). Weeks was consistent all year, but its hard for that type of player, in a team with Genia and Cooper, to snag a lot of points.

      • saulih

        I think its because THP’s rarely score the accolades they deserve. Also, Samo stood out in a poor performance so got a lot of points that match (v Canes). Weeks was consistent all year, but its hard for that type of player, in a team with Genia and Cooper, to snag a lot of points.

        What’s that old adage? “stand on the shoulders of giants”

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