2022 awards with the best player and a fun time

After the end of the Super Rugby Pacific season which saw the Crusaders win the top 13, it was time to give away the Planet Rugby awards.

Player of the season: Beauden Barrett (Blues)

After finishing as the top two teams in the regular season, many players from the winning Crusaders and Blues were in the running for the award. The Blues duo Stephen Prophet and Dalton Papalii, as well as Will Jordan and Leicester Premier League of the Crusaders, are in need, as they all played well this season, but we chose Barrett, who showed up again. to his. The game’s skill is second to none. Although he struggled with a concussion and Covid-19 earlier in the season, the 31-year-old quickly overcame those challenges and when he was most qualified he was the motivator at the end of the season. Blues at the top of the table and happy. in the quarterfinals and semi-finals. Yes, he was beaten by the Crusaders ’Ritchie Mo’unga in the final, but Barrett’s well -prepared team was a joy to watch, with his ability to bring his unfortunate backs out into the game all around.

The spirit of gift rugby: The Pacific derby

Super Rugby’s main powers are Fijian Drua and the Pacific Ocean, who have added a lot of cultural richness to the competition. During the construction of the first Pacific derby, both teams were left in a difficult situation with their fighting voices. The silence between the chants created an amazing atmosphere and showed the love shown by the players. It was a time of real football rather than just fighting. The newcomers did not add value to the competition.

This season’s defenders: Rieko Ioane and Dalton Papalii (Blues v Crusaders)

With just two minutes left on the clock, the Blues led the Crusaders by four points in their Ninth meeting in Christchurch. Moʻunga was looking for a partner in the open acres. It looked like it was just an attempt for fast Blues center Rieko Ioane to cover the best ground to make the first pitch at Dom Gardiner. Behind his teammate was the current captain, Dalton Papalii, who joined the meeting by demanding an attacker. Try recording. Game rescue button. Rugby is an inch game, and it’s important every time.

Rookie of the season: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Blues)

The rookie is usually about a young star entering the first team squad, but this season the award goes to 29-year-old Tuivasa-Sheck, who turned happily from the lily of the valley to win. of his first All Black phone. -up in his first season. The midfielder is a low -key athlete and although he suffered an injury in the first place, he improved every minute on the field as he returned to work and played as a leader during the season. the Blues ’run to the end. It’s scary to think how well he could win the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The Amazing Time of the Season: Pita Gus Sowakula (Princes)

The Chiefs collected five yards from the Highlanders ’test line and close to the south flank. Number eight Pita Gus Sowakula took the ball from the base to the blind and netted a clean try from All Blacks scrum-hapf Aaron Smith to get one of the other tries in memory. . World Rugby explained after the game that the player could not avoid such an argument, but that the accident had happened.

Fight of the Season: Hurricanes v Blues (Round Two)

It looked as if the Blues were slowly moving to an easy win over the Hurricanes as the Australian side held a comfortable 32-14 lead in the 71st minute of their meeting at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. The men from Wellington did not read the letter, however, as they ended the game in a manner with star winger Salesi Rayasi leading the fight. Wes Goosen, 25, and his winger have won trials for the Hurricanes so far but the Blues have already won the events with Kurt Eklund (2), Caleb Clarke and Sam Darry going. to white skin. However, Rayasi led the fight as he went on two more attempts to secure his hat. The Hurricanes didn’t last long and narrowed the gap when their captain, Ardie Savea, left for their five tries with Ruben Love that added new ones to snatch the amazing win.

The biggest climber: Waratahs

The Sydneysiders entered Super Rugby Pacific after winning the tournament in 2020 but after the dismissal of head coach Rob Penney in the aftermath of Super Rugby Trans-Tasman’s terrific battle. last year, Darren Coleman took the neck and didn’t last long. to improve the value of his new company. The Waratahs ended a 13-game losing streak when they secured a 40-10 win over Fijian Drua in the opening game and they continued their climb as the season progressed with other financial victories. The Waratahs reached their peak when they defeated the tournament’s top leaders, the Crusaders, at least in Round 11 – their first win over New Zealand against since 2019. i the last quarter where they bowed to the Chiefs.

Biggest slipper: Highlanders

Now, it was an attack that the Dunedin men wanted to forget quickly because they didn’t touch their ropes and they were probably lucky enough to reach the final quarter after the victory. Playing only four of 14 games during the tournament. While there were a lot of problems during the season with injuries, releases and a Covid-19 injury in camp it was the biggest drawbacks, but even when they were at full strength, the Highlanders often saw to threaten to invade. It’s worth remembering that they came to this tournament with great anticipation after finishing as the Blues ’top scorer at Super Rugby Trans-Tasman in 2021, but things went a long way. pear at Super Rugby Pacific because they just won the new sides. The Pacific and Fijian Drua – the teams under competition – and the Reds and Western Force. Clarke Dermody, the newly elected head coach, has a lot of work to do.

Fun time – How to deal with pitch invader

When the Blues faced the Rebels in May, a game in which the Warriors won 71-28, some thought it was funny to run on the field. However, one treasurer was not very pleased with his jokes and quickly created a textbook to put him down. He cheered the fans, who cheered the beating, and perhaps the ‘supporters’ left regretting his actions after being broken into by security and then arrested by three men pursue him. We don’t allow people to run on the field but he can create funny moments and, sometimes, the pitch invader gets what they need.

Try the season – Kalaveti Ravouvou (Fijian Drua v the Chiefs)

Fijian Drua got some very good tries in their first season of Super Rugby but the best came in the end as Vinaya Habosi picked up the ball yards from the own line. The winger, who enjoyed a one -off announcement, went under one box before jumping past three defenders. Although he was eliminated, Habosi performed a low -key humiliation to Ravouvou, then showed speed, strength and balance of himself to abandon the idea of ​​two Royal players going white. , which completes an amazing beach trip to the beach.

Read more: Pacific Super Rugby League of the Season: Crusaders and Blues dominate the selection


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