Smith is Australia’s best

Brumbies flanker George Smith has won the Australia’s 2007 Super 14 Player of the Series award, taking the individual honour for the second straight year.

The Wallaby flanker polled 20 votes, just two clear of Brumbies team-mate Stephen Hoiles and a further point in front of Brumbies utility back and new Wallaby squad member Julian Huxley.

The votes for the Super 14 Player of the Series are submitted by Australian print media and players for each game involving an Australian team.

While Reds captain John Roe polled strongly in the first half of the season, it was Smith’s game-by-game consistency which saw him over the line.

The Super 14 Rookie of the Series was won by Waratahs winger Lachlan Turner, an amazing effort considering his debut did not occur until Week 7, against the Stormers.

Turner played eight consecutive games following debut, scoring three tries.

The Super 14 Coach of the Series was awarded to Brumbies coach Laurie Fisher – the Brumbies finishing highest of the four Australian teams, one spot out of the semi-finals.

Fisher was also this year named as coach of the Australia ‘A’ team which plays its IRB Pacific Nations Cup opener against Tonga in Sydney on Friday.

Australia’s most experienced whistle blower, Stuart Dickinson, was named Australia’s Super 14 Referee of the Series.

Dickinson, who controlled eight Super 14 games throughout the tournament, has been recognised by the IRB for his good Super 14 form by being awarded control of the upcoming New Zealand Tests against France and South Africa and a spot in this year’s Rugby World Cup Referees squad.

Australia’s 2007 Super 14 Try of the Series went to Brumbies utility back Adam Ashley-Cooper, for his magnificent solo effort from the kick-off in Week 14 against the Highlanders. Ashley-Cooper’s try helped the Brumbies to their first ever win against the Highlanders in Dunedin.

 

365 Digital

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