SA players rewarded for their outstanding PRO14 season

SA players rewarded for their outstanding PRO14 season

Two South Africans have been included in the 2020/21 PRO14 Dream team and South African trio Chris Cloete, Brok Harris and Marcell Coetzee have all been awarded for their impressive Pro14 seasons.

Coetzee (Ulster) and Damian De Allende (Munster) are in the Dream team, dominated by   the four Irish clubs.

Ulster lead the way with four selections, Connacht, Leinster and Munster see three players each included with Cardiff and Warriors earning one each in the competition.

Interestingly, former Ikeys and Stormers centre Huw Jones (Glasgow Wanderers) who has represented Scotland, is one of only two non-Irish players in the dream team. Die other is Josh Turnbull (Cardiff Blues)

The Dream Team, selected by the media from all players who played eight or more matches, is:

15 Michael Lowry (Ulster) 14 Alex Wootton (Connacht) 13 Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors) 12 Damien de Allende (Munster) 11 Dave Kearney (Leinster) 10 Jack Carty (Connacht) 9 John Cooney (Ulster) 8 Marcell Coetzee (Ulster) 7 Scott Penny (Leinster) 6 Josh Turnbull (Cardiff Blues) 5 Gavin Thornbury (Connacht) 4 Billy Holland (Munster) 3 Michael Bent (Leinster) 2 Kevin O’Byrne (Munster) 1 Eric O’Sullivan (Ulster)

▲ In other accolades for South African players, robust non-nonsense loose-forward, Munster’s Chris Cloete has been awarded the Turnover King title for the 2020/21 season in a hotly contested competition.

The Turnover King title was introduced in 2018 to recognise the player who showed the most skill in winning the ball back for his team in order to encourage attacking play.

Cloete totalled 14 turnovers, a tally which was matched by Scarlets’ breakthrough flank, Jac Morgan. However, using the Opta stats, the total number of jackal turnovers was used as a tie-breaker. Cloete claimed 12 jackals compared to Morgan’s nine and, remarkably, accrued his total of 14 turnovers in just 508 minutes of play compared to his rival’s 720 minutes.

Dragons’ front-row and former Western Province prop Brok Harris has become the latest winner of the Tackle Machine award, boasting an impressive 97.6 percent success rate for the 2020/21 season.

The award is given to the player who has made 150 tackles or more and set the highest completion percentage. The 36-year-old South African has been ever-present for his region in this campaign and took the title ahead of Glasgow Warriors’ Thomos Gordon (97.1 percent) while Cardiff Blues’ flanker Josh Turnbull (93.5 percent) managed to break the 200-barrier for total tackles.

Bulls-bound Marcell Coetzee is one of three players to share the title of Top Try-Scorer for the 2020/21 PRO14 campaign.

Coetzee, along with Alex Wootton (Connacht) and Scott Penny (Leinster) all scored nine tries apiece.

Of the trio Penny scored the most in home fixtures (6) while Coetzee and Wootton both scored more away from home (5). The first 40 minutes proved the most decisive for all three players with 20 of the 27 tries being scored in the first half – Wootton (8), Coetzee (6), Penny (6).

From copy provided by: @Pro14Official