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Ndungane wins Bulls Super Rugby player award

Akona Ndungane has won the award for Super Rugby Players Player of the Year

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Article Published: Thursday 6 December 2012|

Bulls winger Akona Ndungane has been named the Bulls' Super Rugby Players Player of the Year at a Bulls function which also saw Ndungane win Bulls Currie Cup back of the year.

Barend van Graan, CEO of the Blue Bulls Company, thanked the coaching staff and players as well as the BBC's employees, many of whom received service certificates as well.

"We did not achieve our expected strike rate with regards to trophies and titles with only our Under-21s, Women Sevens and Craven Week sides that won their tournaments, but it was still very successful in many ways."

"Our Super Rugby side made the top six and play-offs of Super Rugby, the Currie Cup team played in the semi-finals and our Under-19's made their final. A host of our players also represented the Springboks and a number of our junior players starred for the Junior Springboks in the winning of the IRB Junior World Championships," Van Graan said.

"We lost a lot of our coaching staff to the Springboks as well, so in all, it was a good year for us in many ways. Our office staff excelled as well and I am happy that we could honour their contribution too."

Bulls Super Rugby forward of the year went to Juandre Kruger while the back of the year at the awards for Bulls players went to Zane Kirchner.

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke said the rewards will motivate his troops for the new season.

"It is always nice to reward people and a lot of these awards did just that. We are blessed to have some truly professional players in our set-up and they work very hard."

"This creates a fantastic work ethic, one the Blue Bulls are very proud of. Congratulations to the winners, it was well deserved. With next year's pre-season just starting, these awards also serves as a timely reminder that hard work will pay off in the end."

The various Players Awards were:

Super Rugby 2012

Players Player of the Year: Akona Ndungane
Most Promising Player of the Year: Arno Botha
Forward of the Year: Juandre Kruger
Back of the Year: Zane Kirchner

Currie Cup 2012
Players Player of the Year: Willie Wepener
Most Promising Player of the Year: Louis Fouche
Forward of the Year: Dewald Potgieter
Back of the Year: Akona Ndungane

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