Strand boy Dillyn Leyds cleans up at 2017 WP Rugby Awards night

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Some of the winners at the 20117 WP Rugby awards.

Dillyn Leyds was the big winner at the 2017 WPRFU Awards evening, claiming three awards at a ceremony held at the Cape Sun last night.

The versatile Leyds, who came back from injury this year to star for the DHL Stormers in three different positions before going on to make his Springbok debut, was named the adidas Most Valuable Player, BrightRock Senior Bounce Player of the Year, as well as claiming the Land Rover Composure and Capability Award.

Dillyn Leyds won three awards at the 2017 WPRFU Awards evening,

Lock JD Schickerling walked away with the coveted DHL Players’ Player of the year award.

The other senior awards saw DHL Stormers captain Siya Kolisi take the Land Rover Above and Beyond Award, with Schickerling the DHL WP Best Forward, Jano Vermaak the DHL WP Best Back, Jaco Coetzee the DHL WP Most Promising Senior Forward and Damian Willemse the DHL WP Most Promising Senior Back.

Of course DHL Western Province went through the SuperSport Rugby Challenge unbeaten to claim the inaugural title earlier in the year, while there was also success for the DHL Western Province Women’s team as they claimed the national title and had 12 players named in the SA Select squad to tour England.

The other individual awards saw Felicia Jacobs named DHL WP Women’s Player of the Year, Henco Martins the DHL WP School’s Player of the Year, Marius van der Westhuizen the DHL WP Referee of the Year and Tapiwa Tsomondo of False Bay the Club Rugby Player of the Year.

There were also certificates awarded to a number of amateur coaches who have come through the WPRFU High Performance coaching programme this year.

It has also been a vibrant year of club rugby, with quality rugby across the province drawing massive crowds in the different communities.

Maties have had the perfect season, going through Super League A and the Totalsports President’s Cup unbeaten to take both titles, while False Bay and Tygerberg have both booked their spots in the Gold Cup quarterfinals this weekend.

WPRFU President, Mr Thelo Wakefield, said: “Congratulations to all of tonight’s winners – it was a privilege to be able to pay tribute to everyone, from the clubs right up to the professional players and all of whom have worked so hard and deserve their rewards.

“Tonight’s awards showcase the efforts that are being made to ensure that WP Rugby remains top across all levels and we wish our teams the best of luck in their respective competitions, as they all chase national titles.”

The event was well attended on the night with the DHL WP Currie Cup team present, along with other key sponsors, players (seniors, juniors and club players), administrators and the local rugby media.

HERE SOME OF THE 2017 INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERS:

Land Rover Composure and Capability Award: Dillyn Leyds
Land Rover Above and Beyond Award: Siya Kolisi
BrightRock U19 Bounce Player of the Year: Salmaan Moerat
BrightRock U21 Bounce Player of the Year: Duncan Saal
BrightRock Senior Bounce Player of the Year: Dillyn Leyds
Adidas MVP Award: Dillyn Leyds

DHL WP Best Forward: JD Schickerling
DHL WP Best Back: Jano Vermaak
DHL WP Most Promising Senior Forward: Jaco Coetzee
DHL WP Most Promising Senior Back: Damian Willemse

DHL WP Women’s Player of the Year: Felicia Jacobs
DHL WP School’s Player of the Year: Henco Martins
DHL WP Referee of the Year: Marius van der Westhuizen
Club Rugby Player of the Year: Tapiwa Tsomondo
DHL Players Player of the Year: JD Schickerling

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