Genia wins Super Rugby player award
Wallabies halfback Will Genia has taken out Australia’s Super Rugby Player of the year for a second straight year and spearheaded a Queensland domination of the awards announced on Thursday.
Genia polled three votes in the final round of the season to finish on 18, one point ahead of teammate Scott Higginbotham, Western Force captain David Pocock and Brumbies five-eighth Christian Lealiifano, who missed a significant portion of the season through injury.
Genia joins flanker George Smith and fullback Chris Latham as a two-time winner of the award.
Queensland also won the Team of the year award and their mentor Ewen McKenzie Coach of the year, both awarded on the basis that the Reds finished the highest placed of the five Australian franchises.
It was a record fifth title for McKenzie, who won three with NSW and now two with the Reds.
The Reds also scooped the try of the year for a team effort against the Rebels scored by winger Dom Shipperley.
The improving Brumbies were recognised with their winger and former rugby league player Joseph Tomane winning the Rookie of the Year.
New Zealand’s Steve Walsh was named Referee of the Year.© AAP 2013
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