8/12/2012

Moore named Player's Player


University of Canberra Brumbies hooker Stephen Moore has been named Brett Robinson Player’s Player for the 2012 Super Rugby season after the club held its Presentation Night on Saturday.

Moore enjoyed one of his most comprehensive seasons, knocking over his 50th Brumbies cap against the Reds at Canberra Stadium then his 100th Super Rugby cap seven weeks later against the Blues.

He was one of seven players to feature in every game of the 2012 season, leading one of the most inexperienced University of Canberra Brumbies sides in history as Vice-Captain.

In the absence of Ben Mowen, Moore skippered the side to its first win in Africa since 2010 against the Lions before returning home to be selected in the Wallabies squad which played four Tests over the July period.

While Moore celebrated, several other University of Canberra Brumbies players were also handed awards for their hard work throughout the 2012 Super Rugby season.

Despite being injured just 10 games into the season, Christian Lealiifano was named Best Back after accumulating 109 points and boasting a 90 per cent strike rate at goal. Lealiifano ran third in the Player's Player poll.

It was Lealiifano’s best season since joining the Brumbies in 2006, with the classy play-maker creating plenty of opportunities for his outside backs. Lealiifano came within a whisker of being named Australian Super Rugby’s Player of the Year, eventually going down by one point to Will Genia from the Reds.

The University of Canberra Brumbies Best Forward award was taken out by the departing Michael Hooper. Having developed into a world class open-side flanker over the last three years, Hooper is now the understudy of Wallaby Captain David Pocock and looks set to spend plenty of time in a yellow No 7 jersey.

The classy No 7 ran second in the Player's Player poll.

Hooper was among the competition’s best pilferers, but proved he was no one-trick pony with his rock-solid defence, potent ball carries and knack for sniffing out a try.

The Shawn Mackay Outstanding Young Talent award went to Joe Tomane, backing up from his Australian Super Rugby Rookie of the Year award presented three weeks ago.

Tomane has enjoyed a seamless transition from rugby league to rugby union, having come from the Gold Coast Titans at the end of 2011. A big, fast ball carrier, Tomane’s defense is often overlooked and his one-on-one tackles and ability to scramble saved the University of Canberra Brumbies on several occasions in 2012.

His two tries against the Highlanders were regarded as the best Brumbies brace of 2012, with his efforts being noticed by Australian selectors who handed Tomane his first Wallabies cap against Scotland in Newcastle.

Unfortunately injury cut Tomane’s season short, but with another full pre-season under the belt University of Canberra Brumbies fans are looking forward to seeing him in action again in 2013.

Other worthy winners were Scott Fardy, who took home the Community Service Award and team Chaplain David McDonald who was given the Garry Quinlivan award for outstanding service to the club.

Brett Robinson Player’s Player – Stephen Moore
Best back – Christian Lealiifano
Best forward – Michael Hooper
Shawn Mackay Rookie of the Year – Joe Tomane
Actew AGL Community Award – Scott Fardy
Garry Quinlivan Awarad – David McDonald