My Premiership team of the season (and my end of season awards)

My Premiership team of the season (and my end of season awards)

It's Midnight on Monday morning, I've been in from work for half an hour and I have to be back up for work in 7 hours and I have a stunning thought.....I have 3 blogs I want to write and I'm away next week. so, screw bed! Sleeps for wimps! Time to blog!

So this is my Premiership team of the season blog. Usual format. 

15 - Alex Goode (Saracens) - By far the form full back in the Prem. Runs like a cross between Mr Tickle and Usain Bolt but his awkward running style is damn effective, coupled with a siege gun of a boot and fearless defending, the Premiership player of the season has a spot in my line up! Should he be the first choice for England? For me, yes.

14 - Telusa Veianu - (Leicester Tigers) - A low key signing, but what an exciting talent this Tongan is! Mazy runner, fast as lightening and a defenders nightmare. 

13 - Peter Betham - (Leicester Tigers) - Filling in across the backline for Tigers, Betham could have slotted into several positions, but his strong running and underrated distribution earn him my 13 jersey. Covered Manu Tuilagi and Jean De Villiers absence with aplomb and flourished early in the season.

12 - Owen Farrell - (Saracens) - Yeah, I know, he's a fly half, everyone hates him, blah blah, Farrell is the metronome for the pace and style of Saracens and is always impressive. Has grown very quickly into an on-field general, dictating pace, tactical kicking undertaken beautifully, place kicking almost flawless, love him or hate him, he's bloody good! 

11 - Chris Ashton - (Saracens) - For the third year running, everyone's favourite pantomime villain gets into my team of the year, strike off his harsh 10 week ban, and Ashton has been immense, I believe it's 9 tries since returning from the ban and he's back to his destructive running best. 

10 - Gareth Steenson - (Exeter Chiefs) - The top scorer in the league this season, and surely one of the most lethal boots in the Northern Hemisphere, has played a huge part in Chiefs amazing season and the reason I've put Farrell at 12. 

9 - Dan Robson - (Wasps) - I was gutted when Robson left Gloucester, we knew he waas special. Took the opportunity to nail down the Wasps 9 jersey when Joe Simpson was injured and has been exceptional ever since. 

1 - Alex Waller - (Northampton Saints) - Another player who should be on Eddie Jones radar, great in the loose, superb in the set piece and knows how to cross the whitewash

2 - Harry Thacker - (Leicester Tigers) - A revelation since coming into the Tiger first 15, I expect big things from this young fella!

3 - Jake Cooper-Wooley - (Wasps) - Superb scrummager and excellent in the loose, a very good and very underrated prop!

4 - Maro Itoje - (Saracens) - What can I write about Maro that hasn't been written already? He's a small, white, refridgerator salesman from Newport Pagnall. In seriousness, Maro is big, athletic and talented, he'd walk into any team in the world. And he's only 21. I'm literally old enough to be his Dad (if I started young!)

5 -  George Kruis - (Saracens) - The Bonnie to Maro's Clyde. The perfect pairing in the Saracens engine room, Krutoje as Flats christened them on the ITV highlights show. Couldn't pick one without the other!

6 - Nathan Hughes - (Wasps) - Not sure if Hughes can play 6, but I'm picking him there! The Fijian born, soon to be Englishman has all the attributes to be a huge player on the world scene and has been simply unstoppable for spells this season.

7 - Matt Kvesic - (Gloucester)  - Sure I'll be accused of bias here, but the stats speak for themselves! Top on the turnovers chart, the second top points scoring forward in Fantasy league, Kev was awesome last season, this time round, he's a better ball carrier, he's stronger, he's faster, this guy is the real deal. Outplayed George Smith in both appearances against gi this season, very few can claim the same. 

8 - Billy Vunipola - (Saracens) - Another rampaging back rower, but in my eyes, he's alongside Kvesic as the most improved player in the league, and he was excellent to begin with. Had a real breakthrough season for club and country and is now the standard bearer across the Premiership.

 

Player of the season - Maro Itoje

Young player of the season - Maro Itoje

Most likely player to be Batman - Maro Itoje

Head coach of the season - Rob Baxter - Exeter Chiefs

Try of the season - Harry Thacker (Leicester) vs Northampton

Performance of the season - Exeter Chiefs 10 try demolition of Harlequins

Best kit of the season - For me, the Saracens change strip, I know, it's not particularly popular, but I like it!!!

Overachievers - Sale Sharks - with no big name signings and in a hugely competitive league, few would have pegged Sharks to be as competitive as they were. Hugely impressive at home, only losing one game, their final home match of the season against Gloucester, Losing Cipriani for next season will be a big challenge!

Underachievers - Bath - Last seasons runners up just never seemed to fire this time round, despite a squad most teams would kill for!!

 

So this time next week, we will know our champions, will it be Saracens succesfully defending their crown or can the Chiefs complete their own journey from the lower leagues to Premiership champs! 

 

 

I'll be back on Tuesday with my end of year reports! 

 

byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee