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Odendaal is Bulls player of the year

Vodacom Bulls midfielder Burger Odendaal won the union’s Player of the year trophy, underlining a season where consistency and success in his position made him the clear captain for the Currie Cup season.

While Warrick Gelant won backline player of the year for the Currie Cup season, and was unlucky not to win the main award, Odendaal was the big winner on the evening which was held at Loftus Versfeld.

Lock Ruben van Heerden was named junior player of the year while prop Pierre Schoeman walked away with a number of awards.

The event was attended by players, management, sponsors, partners and stakeholders that make up the Bulls Family.

The full list of awards are below.


Forward of the Year: Ruan Nortjie
Back of the Year: Wian van Niekerk
Player’s Player of the Year: JC Pretorius
Most Promising or Improved Player: Werner Fourie
Coaches' Recognition Award: Luke Fortuin


Forward of the Year: Maruis Verwey
Back of the Year: Stedman Gans
Player’s Player of the Year: Gerhard Steenekamp
Most Promising or Improved Player: Xolisa Guma
Coaches' Recognition Award: Zama Dyidi

Super Sport Rugby Challenge

Forward of the Year: Marco van Staden
Back of the Year: Andre Warner
Player’s Player of the Year: Tinus de Beer
Most Promising or Improved Player: Aston Fortuin
Coaches' Recognition Award: Abongile Nonkontwana

Currie Cup

Forward of the Year: Pierre Schoeman
Back of the Year: Warrick Gelant
Player’s Player of the Year: Burger Odendaal
Most Promising or Improved Player: Johan Grobbelaar
Coaches' Recognition Award: John William Meyer

Vodacom Super Rugby

Forward of the Year: Jason Jenkins
Back of the Year: Travis Ismaiel
Player’s Player of the Year: Ruan Steenkamp
Most Promising or Improved Player: Pierre Schoeman
Coaches' Recognition Award: Burger Odendaal

Other and main awards

Cheerleader of the Year – voted by Babes: Kirsten Francis
Puma Award: Ruben van Heerden
Afgri Award: Pierre Schoeman
Isuzu Award: Pierre Schoeman
BBCo Koggelbul Award: Jason Jenkins
BBCo Employee of the Year: Sophy Tshokwe
High Performance BBCo Employee Award: Divan Strydom
High Performance Players Award: Jacus Coetzee
Coach of the Year: Pote Human
Junior Player of the Year MVP: Ruben van Heerden
Senior Player of the Year MVP: Burger Odendaal


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