Feb 07, 2019
Gallagher selected as Premiership Rugby Breakthrough Player Wildcard
Matt Gallagher is the latest Saracens player to be nominated for this season’s Premiership Rugby Cup Breakthrough Player Award.
The full-back gets the nod as this season’s wildcard back, joining teammates Tom Whiteley and Joel Kpoku on the shortlist for his performances in the tournament.
The 22-year-old featured in all four rounds, clocking up 297 minutes and making the most carries and metres of any player, as well as making six clean breaks and hitting double figures for defenders beaten. Even when he was tackled he proved a threat by making seven successful offloads, a tally no player could better during the four rounds of action.
Launched in 2012, the Breakthrough Player Award celebrates and recognises under-23 players who have stood out in the tournament, with previous winners including the likes of Jack Nowell, Jonny May, Tom Collins and Adam Radwan.
Using Opta Rugby match statistics, a forward and back from each round has already been added to the shortlist, with Caulfield and Gallagher completing the ten-strong list due to their outstanding overall competition statistics.
Fans will get to vote for the winner from Monday 11 February, with the player at the top of the poll being announced prior to the Premiership Rugby Cup Final, with the lucky recipient also receiving a Promaster Tough watch courtesy of Premiership Rugby partner Citizen, while Gilbert, Official Ball and Rugby Clothing Partner of Premiership Rugby, will supply £1,000 worth of kit to a grassroots club of the winner’s choice
Back – Matt Gallagher (Saracens)
Age - 22
Appearances – 4
Minutes – 297
Tries – 1
Carries – 52
Metres – 308
Clean breaks – 6
Defenders Beaten – 10
Offloads – 7