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
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)
Round 2 v Crusaders
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)
Round 3 v Blues
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)
Round 4 v Chiefs
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)
Round 5 v Force
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)
Round 6 (BYE)
Round 7 v Cheetahs
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)
Round 8 v Sharks
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)
Round 9 v Lions
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)
Round 10 v Bulls
Reds 19 (Scott Higginbotham, Rodney Davies tries; Quade Cooper 3 pgs) defeated Bulls 12 (Derrick Kuun, Pedrie Wannenburg tries; Morne Steyn conv)
Round 11 v Stormers
Reds 16 (Will Chambers try; Quade Cooper conv, 3 pg) defeated Stormers 13 (Andries Bekker try; Peter Grant 2 pg)
Round 12 v Brumbies
Brumbies 32 (Ben Alexander 2, Mark Chisholm, Josh Valentine tries; Matt Giteau 3 conv, 2 pg) defeated Reds 12 (Quade Cooper 4 pg)
Round 13 v Hurricanes
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)
Round 14 v Highlanders
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)
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:
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.