- Wasps claim second Breakthrough Player nominee in Sam Jones
- Saracens full back Ben Ransom also nominated
Photo: RFU Archive
For the second week in a row, a London Wasps player is named on the shortlist for this season’s LV= Breakthrough Player Award, joining teammate Jonah Holmes who was nominated following Round One of the LV= Cup. Shortlisted alongside Holmes is back rower Sam Jones, thanks to his impressive performance in Round Two against Newport Gwent Dragons.
Despite his side’s defeat at Rodney Parade, 22-year-old Jones is one player who can hold his head high with his performance. The number 8 made 17/18 tackles in Wales and this total was beaten by only one other player across the whole weekend. One of those tackles brought a turnover for his side as well. In attack he made eight carries for 25 metres and the only other Wasps forward to manage more hit-ups was James Haskell (9 – 7 metres). Jones also won ball at two line-outs for his side.
Defenders beaten: 1
Turnovers won: 1
Line-outs won: 2
Ben Ransom, Saracens
Photo: RFU Archive
Joining Jones, Holmes and Round One nominee Harry Thacker is the top metre-maker of Round Two, Saracens’ Ben Ransom. The full back gained a monstrous 186 metres in the Premiership side’s hammering of Scarlets, over 100 more than anybody else in the match. He also made more carries than anyone else on the day (17) and beat three defenders on his way to two initial breaks. He did not miss any of his four attempted tackles and did not fail with any of his kick collections. He assisted one try.
Defenders beaten: 3
Initial breaks: 2
Try assists: 1
Launched in September 2011, the LV= Breakthrough Player Award is designed to recognise the wealth of impressive young talent on show in the competition. Two players from each round, along with two 'wildcard' players, who have strong overall competition statistics; compiled by Opta, will form a shortlist which will be submitted to a fan vote on www.lv.com/rugby.
Fans will vote for the winner of the LV= Breakthrough Player Award from the end of Round Four until 9am on Monday, March 10. The winner will be announced prior to the LV= Cup Final and LV= will donate £1,000 to a grassroots rugby initiative of the winner's choice.
The LV=Cup, watch the next generation break through. For more information on the LV= Breakthrough Player Award and voting, visit www.lv.com/rugby