Club News Shortlist for Steffans November Player of the Month announced
Christian Day, Alex Waller and James Wilson have been shortlisted for the Steffans Player of the Month award for November.
The trio have been in outstanding form recently, helping the Saints to a seven-match unbeaten run in all competitions that has taken the team to second place in the Aviva Premiership table and top spot in their LV= Cup pool.
This is Day’s second time on the Steffans Player of the Month shortlist, having also been up for the award in September. The lock played in four out of the five games played in November, missing only the home win over Gloucester. Day has marshalled a near-100 percent lineout, with 61 won from the 65 thrown.
Day himself has caught 11 lineouts, while in the loose he made 28 out of his 29 attempted tackles and carried the ball 26 times.
Alex Corbisiero’s injury has opened the door for Waller to make his mark at loosehead prop, and the 23-year-old has done just that. The LV= Cup home game against Gloucester was the Kettering man’s 100th in the Saints first team, and he capped off his day with a man of the match performance that anchored the scrum and helped set up the platform for a bonus point win over the Cherry and Whites.
The following week’s game at London Irish was the first time Waller had not been included in a first team match day squad for two-and-a-half years, but throughout the remainder of November he has shown why he is highly regarded among the forwards.
Wilson has been one of the stand-out performers in the back line, scoring two tries in his four appearances during November, playing in two positions and taking home the man of the match award after the Aviva Premiership win over Newcastle.
The New Zealander has played in the centres and at full back in recent weeks, and in November carried the ball 23 times for 171 metres, making 14 tackles.
It is a tough decision, with the final call to be made by the Saints supporters themselves. To make your voice heard head to www.northamptonsaints.co.uk/steffans before 12noon on Friday, December 13th, with everyone who casts a vote automatically going into the hat to win a £50 voucher for use at Steffans Northampton!
The player who wins the Steffans Player of the Month award will take home a TW Steel watch. There is a second award, too, the TW Steel Clubman of the Month, a player who is chosen by the Saints coaches in recognition of their contributions behind the scenes and away from the public view.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH – WINNERS’ ROLL CALL
Steffans Player of the Month – Sam DICKINSON
TW Steel Clubman of the Month – GJ VAN VELZE
Steffans Player of the Month – Samu MANOA
TW Steel Clubman of the Month – Rebecca WORTH
For over 30 years Steffans has been the pre-eminent jewellers in Northampton. Steffans remains a family-run business, with stores in Northampton town centre and Market Harborough, and a multi-award winning website. Steffans are long-standing supporters of the Saints, providing prizes for the club’s End of Season Awards and great offers to Season Ticket Holders through their membership of the Saints Savers Club.
For more information about Steffans visit www.steffans.co.uk