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Latham claims third player award

27/05/2004 09:36:06 PM Comments (0)

Queensland fullback Chris Latham beat all of the ACT Brumbies title-winning team to claim a record third Australian Super 12 Player of the Series.

Latham, who shared the award with Joe Roff last year and won it outright in 2000, polled 18 votes to win by three from NSW flanker Phil Waugh.

Wallabies backrower Waugh won the inaugural Tooheys New Medal, voted on by supporters, but the surprise of the night was that Queensland, the poorest performed state, supplied three of the top five finishers in the Player of the Series award voted on by the match referees.

The Reds' Test lock Nathan Sharpe finished third on 14 votes and led the count after nine rounds with Latham polling eight votes from the last three rounds.

The highest-placed ACT players was one of its few uncapped players, No.8 Scott Fava, who finished joint fourth on 12 with his Queensland counterpart John Roe.

The only other Brumby in the top eight was lock and new Wallabies squad member Mark Chisholm (nine).

NSW fullback Mat Rogers finished joint seventh on eight with Queensland prop Nick Stiles, despite missing the last two thirds of the season with an ankle injury.

Referees submitted their votes on a three-two-one basis with Latham receiving his award from paralympian Louise Sauvage in a black tie function at Sydney's Westin Hotel.

While some pundits assert the 28-year-old doesn't always convert his Super 12 form to Test level, he again enjoyed another outstanding campaign in the southern hemisphere's major interprovincial competition.

Capped 39 times by Australia, Latham picked up the maximum award of three votes in five of the Reds' 11 games.

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