Roff and Latham share Super 12 honour
May 26, 2003

The Brumbies' Joe Roff and the Reds' Chris Latham have been named joint winners of the Australian Vodafone Super 12 Player of the Series at the annual Vodafone Awards in Sydney tonight.

The 3-2-1 votes of the referees who controlled the Australian team's matches throughout the Super 12 season could not split the two fullbacks, with both players polling 15 votes, just one point ahead of Waratahs' flanker Phil Waugh.

Picture: The Reds' Chris Latham and the Brumbies' Joe Roff display their awards. (Getty Images)
The last time the title was shared was in 1998 when John Eales and Stephen Larkham were declared joint winners.

It is the second time the Player of the Series award has gone to both players. Roff won it in 1999 while Latham picked it up in 2000.

A panel of overseas journalists judged Australian referee Peter Marshall as Referee of the Series.

The Rookie of the Series, voted for by a panel of Australian journalists, was awarded to ACT Brumby centre Matt Giteau who made his debut for the Wallabies last year without having ever played a Super 12 match.

Brumbies coach David Nucifora picked up the Vodafone Super 12 Coach of the Series award while Tamaiti Horua accepted the Try of the Series award on behalf of the Brumbies. The try came in the Round 7 match against the Chiefs when six of the eight Brumbies forwards handled the ball for the length-of-the-field five pointer. It was eventually scored by Andrew Walker.

2003 Vodafone Player of the Series Joe Roff & Chris Latham
2003 Vodafone Rookie of the Series Matt Giteau
2003 Vodafone Coach of the Series David Nucifora
2003 Vodafone Referee of the Series Peter Marshall
2003 Vodafone Try of the Series Tamaiti Horua (ACT Brumbies - scored by Andrew Walker)

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