Feb 06, 2019
Kpoku shortlisted for Premiership Rugby Cup Breakthrough Player Award
Following an enthralling Round 4 ‘Derby Day’ of Premiership Rugby Cup action, Joel Kpoku has been shortlisted for this season’s Premiership Rugby Cup Breakthrough Player Award.
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, along with two players with outstanding overall competition statistics, will form a ten-man shortlist, which will be submitted to a fan vote.
The winner will be 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
Tom Whiteley is also on the shortlist.
Forward – Joel Kpoku (Saracens)
Age - 19
Position – Lock
Minutes – 80
Tries – 1
Carries – 9
Metres – 27
Tackles – 30
Tackle % - 100%
Kpoku put in a huge shift as he helped his side beat Harlequins in Round 4. The 19-year-old played the full 80 minutes in the second row, making nine carries and gaining 27 metres. However, it was his defensive work that was most impressive as he made 30 tackles, more than any other player in Round 4, all without missing a single hit. Kpoku also crossed the try line to cap off a fine display.