Obano & Banahan scoop two awards at Bath Rugby Awards Evening

30 April 2018

Beno Obano and Matt Banahan each scooped up two awards at the annual Bath Rugby Awards Evening on Saturday night, with Aled Brew lifting the prestigious Players' Player of Year trophy.

Following a fine season in the Blue, Black and White, Obano claimed both the Most Improved Player award and Best Forward. 

Banahan, won the Supporters' Player of the season and edged out Semesa Rokoduguni and Zach Mercer to claim the Top Try Scorer Award. 

As one of the most consistent performers of the 2017/18 campaign, it was Brew who took home the Players' Player of the Year award with the Welshman pipping Elliott Stooke and Club Captain Matt Garvey to claim the accolade. 

Jonathan Joseph beat off stiff competition from both Rokoduguni (v Saracens) and James Phillips (v Worcester Warriors) to win the coveted Try of the Season award for his solo effort against Worcester at the Rec in October. 

Josh Bayliss followed in the footsteps of fellow back rower Mercer to win the Academy Player of the Season award after a breakthrough year for the 20-year-old. 

The late Geoff Pillinger was also celebrated, as the former Bath player, selector, coach and member of the Club's Heritage Project won the Spirit of Rugby award. 

Bath Rugby Annual Awards Winners 2017/18 

Players' Player of the Year, sponsored by Dyson - Aled Brew 

Supporters' Player of the Season, sponsored by Lucknam Park - Matt Banahan 

Best Back, sponsored by Bath Ales - Anthony Watson 

Best Forward, sponsored by the Baines Family - Beno Obano

Top Try Scorer, sponsored by Getronics - Matt Banahan 

Try of the Season, sponsored by Thatchers Cider - Jonathan Joseph (v Worcester Warriors)   

Most Improved Player, sponsored by Canterbury - Beno Obano 

Academy Player of the Season - Josh Bayliss 

Spirit of Rugby, sponsored by Royds Withy King - Geoff Pillinger  


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