Wed 31 Mar 2021 | 09:37

VIDEO: Saffas dominate Pro14 awards

VIDEO: Saffas dominate Pro14 awards
Wed 31 Mar 2021 | 09:37
VIDEO: Saffas dominate Pro14 awards
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: South African trio Chris Cloete, Brok Harris and Marcell Coetzee have all been awarded for their impressive Pro14 seasons.

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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 flank, 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.

Dragons’ frontrow and former Western Province prop Brok Harris has become the latest winner of the Tackle Machine award boasting an impressive 97.6 percent success rate for the 2020/21 season.

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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 percent) while Cardiff Blues’ flanker Josh Turnbull (93.5 percent) managed to break the 200-barrier for total tackles.

While Bulls-bound Marcell Coetzee is one of three players to share the title of Top Try-Scorer for the 2020/21 PRO14 campaign.

Coetzee, along with Alex Wootton (Connacht) and Scott Penny (Leinster) all scored 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).

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