Guinness Premiership
Robshaw and Turner-Hall scoop awards
May 5, 2009
Harlequins' Chris Robshaw poses with the 2008-09 Guinness Premiership Player of the Year award, Harlequins training ground, London, England, May 1, 2009
Harlequins' Chris Robshaw collected the Guinness Premiership Player of the Year award in London on Tuesday evening © Getty Images

Harlequins flanker Chris Robshaw has been named the Guinness Premiership Player of the Year at the end of season awards in London.

And in a notable double for the club, centre Jordan Turner-Hall scooped the Young Player of the Year honour. Richard Cockerill took the Director of Rugby prize after guiding Leicester to the Heineken Cup final and Premiership play-offs.

The 22-year-old Robshaw, who was nominated for the young player award last season, has been an ever-present in the league this season, helping to steer Quins to a home semi-final in the Premiership play-offs. The awards panel also praised Robshaw's contribution in Europe, as Harlequins reached the Heineken Cup quarter-final after memorable victories home and away against Stade Fran├žais in the pool stages.

Robshaw edged out London Irish fullback Delon Armitage, England's player of the Six Nations, and Bath's New Zealand-born wing Joe Maddock, who topped the try-scoring charts in the regular season with 11 touchdowns in 18 appearances. Also nominated for top award were London Irish centre Seilala Mapasua and Leicester Tigers' England forward Tom Croft.

Turner-Hall, 21, was the unanimous choice of the panel having caught the eye with a series of outstanding performances and edged out Newcastle scrum-half Micky Young, Saracens winger Noah Cato, Leicester No.9 Ben Youngs and London Irish winger Adam Thompstone for the award.

Cockerill faced stiff competition from Harlequins' Dean Richards and London Irish's Toby Booth for the Director of Rugby award but the panel felt he changed the way Leicester Tigers approached the game almost as soon as he took the reins in November, following Heyneke Meyer's premature compassionate return to South Africa.

That change of approach and the stability the former player brought to the club saw them finish five points clear at the top of the table and reach the Heineken Cup Final in nail-biting fashion. Both of these achievements ultimately persuaded the Tigers management to give Cockerill the job on a permanent basis.

Elsewhere, Bristol's David Lemi took the Try of the Season award for his opening round effort against Bath Rugby at the Memorial Ground. Fielding a kick in his own 22, the Samoan beat the first man before using his pace to dart up the left wing. A hitch-kick bought him the space he needed to chip over the covering defence and a deft piece of control with his right boot allowed him to collect the ball before Bath's Justin Harrison and touch down for the try.

Saracens' Glen Jackson collected the Golden Boot for the second time in three seasons while Bath's Danny Grewcock won the Community Player of the Season award for his willingness and enthusiasm to involve himself in community work.

Sale Sharks' Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe capped the evening by claiming the Performance of the Season Award and being named captain of the Dream Team.

Guinness Premiership Player of the Season:
Winner: Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Second: Delon Armitage (London Irish)
Third: Joe Maddock (Bath Rugby)

Also nominated:
Seilala Mapasua (London Irish)
Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers)

Land Rover Discovery of the Season:
Winner: Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins)
Second: Micky Young (Newcastle Falcons)
Third: Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Also nominated
Noah Cato (Saracens)
Adam Thompstone (London Irish)

Hilton Director of Rugby:
Winner: Richard Cockerill (Leicester Tigers)
Second: Dean Richards (Harlequins)
Third: Toby Booth (London Irish)

Bank of America Try of the Season:
Winner: David Lemi, Bristol Rugby v Bath Rugby, Sunday, September 7, 2008
Second: Tane Tu'ipulotu, Newcastle Falcons v Leicester Tigers, Friday, March 27, 2009
Third: Joe Maddock, Leicester Tigers v Bath Rugby, Sunday, January 4, 2009
Fourth: Joe Simpson, Bristol Rugby v London Wasps, Sunday, April 19, 2009
Fifth: Peter Hewat, London Irish v Newcastle Falcons, Saturday, January 3, 2009

The Times Top Try scorer:
Joe Maddock (Bath Rugby), 11 tries
Mark Cueto (Sale Sharks), 9
Paul Diggin (Northampton Saints), 9
David Lemi (Bristol Rugby), 9
Ugo Monye (Harlequins), 9

Gilbert Golden Boot:
Winner: Glen Jackson (Saracens), 234 points
Second: Butch James (Bath Rugby), 202 points
Third: Charlie Hodgson (Sale Sharks), 162 points

EDF Energy community Player of the Season:
Winner: Danny Grewcock (Bath Rugby)
Second: Andy Hazell (Gloucester Rugby)
Third: Joe Shaw (Newcastle Falcons)

Also nominated
Andy Kyriacou (Saracens)
The Northampton Saints squad

Gatorade Performance of the Season:
Winner: Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, Sale Sharks v London Wasps, Friday, December 26, 2008
Second: Geoff Parling, Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester Rugby, Sunday, January 11, 2009
Third: Nick Easter, Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons, Saturday, April 25, 2009

Sky Sports Dream Team:
1. Marcos Ayerza (Leicester Tigers)
2. Lee Mears (Bath Rugby)
3. Mike Ross (Harlequins)
4. Dean Schofield (Sale Sharks)
5. Ben Kay (Leicester Tigers)
6. Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
7. Steffon Armitage (London Irish)
8. Juan-Martin Fernandez Lobbe (Sale Sharks), captain
9. Paul Hodgson (London Irish)
10. Charlie Hodgson (Sale Sharks)
11. Ugo Monye (Harlequins)
12. Seilala Mapasua (London Irish)
13. Gonzalo Tiesi (Harlequins)
14. Joe Maddock (Bath Rugby)
15. Olly Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)

(Sky Sports Dream Team as selected by Stuart Barnes, Will Greenwood and Dewi Morris)


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