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Bulls star misses out as URC awards continues

NEWS: Glasgow Warriors hooker Johnny Matthews and Munster’s Shane Daly are the latest players to win a 2023/24 URC Award, having been named Top Try-Scorer and Ironman winners, respectively.

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Matthews crossed the whitewash 14 times following a remarkable season.

Daly, meanwhile, started all 18 games for Munster in the regular season, racking up 1430 minutes to become the URC Ironman this season.

The pair join Alessandro Izekor, Jamie Ritchie, and Chris Smith, who picked up the Tackle Machine, Turnover King, and Gilbert Golden Boot awards on Tuesday.

Top Try-scorer: Johnny Matthews (Glasgow Warriors) ­– 14 tries

Matthews finished the regular season with an astonishing 14 tries to his name, finishing ahead of Bulls players.

Fellow hooker Akker van der Merwe bagged 12 tries in second place with teammate David Kriel just behind him on 11 tries.

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Kurt-Lee Arendse (10) and Canan Moodie (nine) are the other two stars who make up the top five for leading try-scorer.

Bulls star misses out as URC awards continues

URC Ironman Award: Shane Daly (Munster) – 1430 minutes

Munster utility back Shane Daly takes home the award which recognises the player who has racked up the most minutes over the 18 rounds of the URC.

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He is the only Irish provincial player to start in all 18 rounds of the URC.

He finished ahead of former teammate Ben Healy, who racked up 1421 minutes in his first season for Edinburgh, and Lions fullback Quane Horn, who played 1359 minutes for the South African side.

URC Awards Winners 2023-24

Tackle Machine: Alessandro Izekor (Benetton)
Turnover King: Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh)
Golden Boot: Chris Smith (Bulls)
Top Try-scorer: Johnny Matthews (Glasgow Warriors)
Ironman Award: Shane Daly (Munster)

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