Club News Elliott, Fotuali’i and McMillan up for April Steffans Player of the Month
Having sealed an Aviva Premiership playoff spot and an Amlin Challenge Cup final in the month of April, the Saints have confirmed the three-man shortlist for the Steffans Player of the Month.
Once again Jamie Elliott proved his reputation as one of the most consistent backs at the Gardens.
In the month as a whole, the wing scored twice in three starts. Both of those clinical finishes came in the home win over London Irish and while he wouldn’t cross the whitewash a week later, his performance in the Amlin Challenge Cup semi-final against Harlequins was widely praised.
With ball in hand, Elliott made 24 carries for well over 100 metres in the month, beating seven defenders in the process and also racking up 12 tackles in defence.
Kahn Fotuali’i’s brilliance resumed meanwhile and the scrum-half finds himself among the Steffans Player of the Month nominations list for the third straight month.
A try scorer in the bonus point victory over London Irish, the Samoan also crossed in last weekend’s win over Quins. Not before setting up Tom Collins for the opener with a sublime cross kick, however, and having marshalled the Saints all the way to Cardiff, Fotuali’i deservedly took home the man of the match bubbly too.
Last but by no means least, Ross McMillan’s progression in the absence of club captain Dylan Hartley has been nothing short of outstanding and the hooker has the numbers to back up the richly deserved acclaim coming his way.
After starting all four games in the month, the 26-year-old nailed a remarkable 47 of his 48 lineouts (98%) and missed just one of his 18 tackles in defence. That tally of tackles was matched by the number of ball carries McMillan contributed and fully illustrates the scale of his all-round contribution.
Although the three players have been shortlisted by the club’s coaches, it is the supporters who decide who takes home the TW Steel watch that comes with the accolade of Player of the Month!
To cast a vote head to www.northamptonsaints.co.uk/steffans - everyone who votes will automatically be entered into a draw to win a £50 voucher for Steffans Northampton!
Voting closes at 5pm on Friday, May 9th, with the winner announced the following week.
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
Steffans Player of the Month – Alex WALLER
TW Steel Clubman of the Month – Dylan HARTLEY
Steffans Player of the Month – Christian DAY
TW Steel Clubman of the Month – Ross MCMILLAN
Steffans Player of the Month – George NORTH
TW Steel Clubman of the Month – Ryan GLYNN
Steffans Player of the Month – Phil DOWSON
TW Steel Clubman of the Month – Ross APPLETON
Steffans Player of the Month – Calum CLARK
TW Steel Clubman of the Month – Ben RHODES and Dan TAYLOR
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