Du Toit or Etzebeth, Nienaber or Dobson?


Pieter-Steph du Toit, the man who tackled the All Blacks in the World Cup final in Paris, is among the nominees for SA Rugby’s (Saru) player of the year award.

The 31-year-old loose forward played a bar shot at the Stade de France and he stopped a New Zealander in his tracks 28 times.

Du Toit was nominated for the prestigious award along with Eben Etzebeth, Siya Kolisi, Frans Malherbe and Damian Willemse.

Etzebeth and Kolisi are the most recent winners, while Malherbe is undoubtedly the unsung hero of Springbok rugby.

After all, the 32-year-old prop is the rock on which South Africa’s scrum success is built.

Then Willemse often came up with some brilliant performances and his good footwork often made defenders reach for air.

In the team of the year category, the Springboks undoubtedly enjoy the inside track. The World Cup winners will battle it out with the Cheetahs and the Stormers in this category.

Needless to say, the race for the coach of the year title is then between Jacques Nienaber (Springboks), Hawies Fourie (Cheetahs) and John Dobson (Stormers).

The winners will be announced early in the new year.

  • Nominations:

SA Rugby’s player of the year: Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Siya Kolisi, Frans Malherbe and Damian Willemse.

Women’s Player of the Year: Aseza Hele, Libbie Janse van Rensburg, Babalwa Latsha, Rights Mkhari and Nadine Roos.

Young Player of the Year: Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu, Jaden Hendrikse, Canan Moodie, Evan Roos and Ruan Venter.

Sevens Player of the Year: Ricardo Duarttee, Christie Grobbelaar and Shilton van Wyk.

Team of the Year: Cheetahs, Springboks and Stormers.

Coach of the Year: John Dobson (Stormers), Hawies Fourie (Cheetahs) and Jacques Nienaber (Springboks).

Currie Cup Player of the Year (Premier League): Tinus de Beer (Pumas), Ruan Pienaar (Cheetahs) and Devon Williams (Pumas).