Venter and Young win Premiership awards

Saracens Brendan Venter has been named Guinness Premiership Director of Rugby of the Month for October, after guiding his side to three wins from their three league matches in the month, maintaining their 100% record and keeping them top of the Guinness Premiership table.

Venter also claimed the Director of Rugby award in September.

Saracens’ winning start to the season is the best in over ten years, since Newcastle Falcons recorded 12 straight wins on their way to the first Premiership title in 1997.

Last weekend Saracens won at the Recreation Ground for this first time in four seasons, having suffered fairly heavy defeats there in round 21 of season 2007/8 and in round 22 of last season.

Venter’s side also recorded wins against Leeds Carnegie and Newcastle Falcons in October.

Saracens now turn their attention to the new LV= Cup this weekend, when they welcome Bath Rugby to Vicarage Road for a return match.

Newcastle Falcons scrum half Micky Young has been named Guinness Premiership Player of the Month for October.

Young was runner-up to Jordan Turner-Hall as Land Rover Discovery of the Season in his first season in the Guinness Premiership and since then has gone from strength to strength.

The Hartlepool born youngster scored the winning sudden-death try for the England Sevens team at Twickenham in May as well as playing a large part in the Falcons’ rise to sixth in the Guinness Premiership table this season.

Young scored his first league try of the season and the second of his career against Bath Rugby with an 80 metre interception to help his side to their first win over Bath Rugby in ten meetings between the sides.

Young and new fly half Jimmy Gopperth continued to develop their burgeoning partnership in the 14-3 win over Worcester Warriors in the last round, with the Falcons’ only defeat coming against league leaders Saracens at the start of the month.

As with Saracens, Young and his Newcastle team now travel to their last league opponents, Worcester Warriors in the LV= Cup, aiming to complete a league and cup double over Mike Ruddock’s team in quick succession.

The Guinness Premiership returns on Friday 20th November with two round 8 matches; the televised clash between Worcester Warriors and Bath Rugby from Sixways and Gloucester Rugby versus Leicester Tigers from just down the road at Kingsholm.

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