All PRO14 Awards Winners

All PRO14 Awards Winners

The Pro14 awards have taken place and here are all the winners:

Chris Cloete awarded Turnover King


I'd love to play for Ireland' - Road less travelled led Cloete to Munster

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 flanker, Jac Morgan, however, using the Opta stats the total number of jackal turnovers was used as a tie-breaker. The Munster man 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.

Previous Turnover King winners:

2019/20: Josh MacLeod (Scarlets) – 23

2018/19: Olly Robinson (Cardiff Blues) – 26

Scott Penny named Next-Gen Star of the Season

Irish Rugby | Penny Picked As PRO14 Next-Gen Star Of The Season

Leinster Rugby’s Scott Penny has been voted in by the media as the Guinness PRO14 Next-Gen Star of the Season for 2020/21.

The 21-year-old, who missed the Guinness PRO14 Final through injury, played his part in Leinster’s title-winning campaign appearing in 11 games as the back rower finished joint top try-scorer with nine tries.

A pool of 75-plus media from across the UK, Ireland, Italy and South Africa including reporters, broadcasters, former players and coaches were invited to vote for the Next-Gen Star of the Season award.

Penny saw off stiff competition from Munster pair Gavin Coombes and Craig Casey, Glasgow Warriors’ Jamie Dobie and Scarlets’ Jac Morgan.

Penny’s win caps a remarkable run for Leinster, who have claimed four of the previous five Next-Gen Star awards since 2017.

Previous Next-Gen Stars

2019/20: Caelan Doris (Leinster)

2018/19: Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors)

2017/18: Jordan Larmour (Leinster)

2016/17: Joey Carbery (Leinster)

2015/16: Sam Davies (Ospreys)

2014/15: Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh)

2013/14: Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors)

2012/13: Luke Marshall (Ulster)

2011/12: Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors)

2010/11: Toby Faletau (Dragons)

2009/10: Tim Visser (Edinburgh)

Brok Harris takes Tackle Machine accolade
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Dragons’ front rower Brok Harris has become the latest winner of the Tackle Machine award boasting an impressive 97.6% 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%) while Cardiff Blues’ flanker Josh Turnbull (93.5%) managed to break the 200-barrier for total tackles.

Harris also completed another milestone during the campaign, playing his 100th Guinness PRO14 game in December against Cardiff Blues.

Previous Tackle Machine winners:

2019/20: Paul Boyle (Connacht) – 98.3%

2018/19: James King (Ospreys) – 96.6%

2017/18: Olly Robinson (Cardiff Blues) – 94.6%

Three Players win Top-Try Scorer Title
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Three players share the title of Top Try-Scorer for the 2020/21 Guinness PRO14 campaign with Alex Wootton (Connacht), Marcell Coetzee (Ulster) and Scott Penny (Leinster) all scoring 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).

Previous Top Try Scorers

2019/20: Rhyno Smyth (Toyota Cheetahs) – 10

2018/19: Rabz Maxwane (Toyota Cheetahs) – 14

2017/18: Barry Daly (Leinster) – 12

2016/17: Steff Evans (Scarlets) – 13

2015/16: Matt Healy (Connacht) – 10

2014/15: Rhys Webb (Ospreys) – 12

2013/14: Gareth Davies (Scarlets) – 10

2012/13: Tim Visser (Edinburgh) – 11

2011/12: Tim Visser (Edinburgh) – 13

2010/11: Tim Visser (Edinburgh) – 14

2009/10: Tim Visser (Edinburgh) – 10

2008/09: Thom Evans (Glasgow Warriors) – 9

2007/08: Tom James (Cardiff Blues) – 8

2006/07: Darren Daniel, Barry Davies (Scarlets), Jamie Heaslip (Leinster), Andrew Trimble (Ulster) – all 7

2005/06: Tommy Bowe (Ulster), Jason Forster (Dragons) – both 10

2004/05: Kevin Morgan (Dragons) – 12

2003/04: Jamie Robinson (Cardiff Blues) – 12

2002/03: Mossie Lawlor, Mike Mullins (Munster), Craig Morgan (Cardiff RFC) – all 6

2001/02: Girvan Dempsey and Denis Hickie – both 7

Ashton Hewitt scoops Ironman award
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Dragons winger Ashton Hewitt has earned the right to be called the Ironman of the 2020/21 Guinness PRO14 season having clocked up an impressive 1,200 minutes of action over 16 rounds.

Hewitt, who scored five tries, topped the charts for Defenders Beaten (52) and came second for Clean Breaks (20), started and finished 15 of Dragons 16 games in the Guinness PRO14 during the campaign. Hewitt was a constant threat in the region’s attacking game as he also came in the Top 10 for Offloads with 11.

Myler scoops Gilbert Golden Boot
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Ospreys’ fly-half Stephen Myler’s 86.05% accuracy from the kicking tee has earned him the Gilbert Golden Boot for the 2020/21 Guinness PRO14 campaign. 

Players who attempted 25 kicks or more were ranked based on their success percentage and Myler’s closest rival was Leinster’s Harry Byrne (85.71%).

Myler attempted 43 kicks at goal and scored from 37. He scored 17 of 22 conversions and 20 of 21 penalty attempts. Leinster’s Ross Byrne actually hit 100% of his kicks (21) but did not take enough attempts to qualify for the award (minimum of 25 required).

Coetzee Named Players' Player
Marcell Coetzee is the best number eight in world rugby: Ulster back row  hailed ahead of PRO14 final -

Ulster and Springbok No 8 Marcell Coetzee has been voted in as the Guinness PRO14 Player’s Player of the Season for 2020/21.

Coetzee has delivered stellar performances for Ulster throughout the Guinness PRO14 campaign by sharing the top try-scorer title (9), ranking first for offloads (20) while also ranking in the top five for successful carries (67) and claiming 95% success in his 105 tackles.

The 29-year-old was voted in by his fellow players with all captains and vice-captains in the Guinness PRO14 casting their ballots for the award. Coetzee, who has won 30 caps for South Africa, is the latest winner of the prestigious award which has most recently been won by Duhan van der Merwe, Bill Mata (both Edinburgh), Tadhg Beirne (Scarlets), Charles Piutau (Ulster) and Bundee Aki (Connacht).

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