The Growden Medal
Higginbotham crowned Growden Medal winner
Greg Growden
June 15, 2015
Higginbotham has been a key factor in the rise of the Rebels © Getty Images
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Rebels captain Scott Higginbotham is the 2015 winner of The Growden Medal for being the most consistent player among the Australian provinces. Although Higginbotham did not poll a vote in the final round, he was still able to finish two points ahead of Brumbies backrower and former Wallabies captain David Pocock.

Higginbotham, who is about to head off for a two year stint in Japan, was a key factor in the Rebels rise up the competition ladder, providing excellent leadership throughout the season, while his backrow play was often of the highest quality. He ended up polling votes in ten matches.

The 2014 winner- Michael Hooper- made a late charge for the leadership, ending up in third spot, ahead of Reds and Wallabies half-back Will Genia. In fifth place was Brumbies half-back Nic White.

Rebels v Force

7: Telusa Veainu (Rebels), Marcel Brache (Force)

6.5: Sean McMahon (Rebels), Zack Holmes (Force)

Brumbies v Crusaders

6: Tevita Kuridrani (Brumbies), Scott Fardy (Brumbies), Stephen Moore (Brumbies), Jarrad Butler (Brumbies)

Waratahs v Reds

8: Israel Folau (Waratahs)

7: Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs)

6: Michael Hooper (Waratahs), Jacques Potgieter (Waratahs), Dave Dennis (Waratahs)

FINAL POINTS:

68.5: Scott Higginbotham (Rebels)

66.5: David Pocock (Brumbies)

61.5: Michael Hooper (Waratahs)

59.5: Will Genia (Reds)

56.5: Nic White (Brumbies)

50: Bernard Foley (Waratahs)

48: Ben McCalman (Force)

45: Israel Folau (Waratahs)

43: Nic Stirzaker (Rebels)

42: Sean McMahon (Rebels)

40.5: Nick Phipps (Waratahs), Scott Fardy (Brumbies)

36: Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies)

35.5: Liam Gill (Reds)

34.5: Luke Jones (Rebels)

34: Mike Harris (Rebels), Adam Thomson (Reds)

33.5: Samu Kerevi (Reds)

32.5: Sam Carter (Brumbies)

28.5: Jordy Reid (Rebels), Will Skelton (Waratahs)

28: Lopeti Timani (Rebels)

27.5: Matt Hodgson (Force)

26.5: Tevita Kuridrani (Brumbies)

26: Zac Holmes (Force)

21.5: Robbie Coleman (Brumbies), Jack Debreczeni (Rebels)

21: Alby Mathewson (Force), Adam Ashley-Cooper (Waratahs)

20.5: Stephen Moore (Brumbies), Jarrad Butler (Brumbies)

20: Dave Dennis (Waratahs)

19.5: Adam Coleman (Force), Mitch Inman (Rebels), Henry Speight (Brumbies), Dane Haylett-Petty (Force)

19: Lachie Turner (Reds)

16: Quade Cooper (Reds)

15: Stephen Hoiles (Waratahs)

14.5: Kurtley Beale (Waratahs), Wycliff Palu (Waratahs), James O'Connor (Reds), Matt Carraro (Waratahs)

14: Scott Sio (Brumbies), Steve Mafi (Force)

13.5: Nick Frisby (Reds), Kyle Godwin (Force), Rory Arnold (Brumbies), Colby Faingaa (Rebels), Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs)

13: Tamati Ellison (Rebels), Sefanaia Naivalu (Rebels), James Hanson (Reds), Dom Shipperley (Rebels), Jacques Potgieter (Waratahs)

12.5: Joe Tomane (Brumbies)

12: Rob Horne (Waratahs)

8: Luke Burgess (Rebels), Ben Alexander (Brumbies)

7: Sam Talakai (Reds), Matt Toomua (Brumbies), Chris Alcock (Force), Jake Schatz (Reds), Peter Betham (Waratahs), Adam Korczyk (Reds), Paul Alo-Emile (Rebels), Blake Enever (Brumbies), Tatafu Polota-Nau (Waratahs), Jesse Mogg (Brumbies), Ryan Louwrens (Force), Ita Vaea (Brumbies), Telusa Veainu (Rebels), Marcel Brache (Force)

6.5: Angus Cottrell (Force), Scott Fuglistaller (Rebels), Jordan Smiler (Brumbies)

6: Sias Ebersohn (Force), Tom English (Rebels)

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