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Collins is LV= Breakthrough back for Round 1

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Collins was the only back to manage two tries during the opening round and made a total of 175 metres with ball in hand, 60 more than the next highest performer in this category.

The 20-year-old also beat a round-high seven defenders, made three clean breaks and assisted a try to cap a fine solo performance among a good team display.

Saints assistant coach Alex King was full of praise for the young full-back.

"Tom works incredibly hard at his game," he commented post-match. "He's a natural athlete who's got pace to burn, but he also works at all the basics. He stays after training and does all his add-ons.”


COLLINS vs NEWCASTLE

Tries: 2

Carries: 18

Metres: 175

Try Assists: 1      

Defenders Beaten: 7       

Clean Breaks: 3

Meanwhile, Wasps forward Thomas Young

Launched in 2012, the LV= Breakthrough Player Award celebrates and recognises those young players who have stood out in the tournament, with previous winners including Jack Nowell, Jonny May and Ollie Devoto.

Using Opta match statistics, a forward and back from each round, along with two players with outstanding overall competition statistics will form a shortlist, which will be submitted to a fan vote on www.lv.com/rugby after Round 4 (06/07/08 February).

The winner will be announced prior to the LV= Cup Final and LV= will donate £1,000 to a grassroots rugby initiative of their choice.

 

The LV= Breakthrough Player Award is designed to recognise the next generation of young players. For more information on the LV= Breakthrough Player Award visit www.LV.com/rugby