Fixtures - Top Bar

Simpson: team effort behind Citizen Try of the Season

JoeSimpsonTryAward1005SB15

It was a sublime solo effort that saw Joe Simpson take home the Citizen Try of the Season trophy but the Wasps scrum-half insists his team deserve as much credit for his form this year.

After catching a high ball against Exeter Chiefs, the 26-year-old initially ran down a blind alley before cutting back and scything through a gap with a stunning turn of pace to touch down in his side’s 36-29 victory last month.

That score has cemented Simpson’s place on highlight reels for years to come and the man himself admits he is relying on such clips, having forgotten exactly how he made the try line.

There was more success for Simpson at Wednesday night's Aviva Premiership Rugby awards bash at the London Hilton on Park Lane, as he was also named in the BT Sport Dream Team.

And despite seeing his season ended early by a knee injury, Simpson believes his side’s top-six finish has made for a campaign he will not need to rely on highlights videos to remember.

“I don’t really remember much of the try, although I have watched it 50 times since,” he said.

“I think it was a very fortuitous try, I took a high ball and made a poor decision but then corrected and managed to squeeze through a gap and just had enough legs to get there.

“I am delighted with it but at the same time I am not really sure what happened.

“The try is pleasing but getting into the team of the year is where the real honour is.

“I am absolutely over the moon with that, it’s the second time I have been in the team of the year and I am delighted.

“It’s something that you can really look back on and be proud of. I have had a good run and have been loving my rugby."

Wasps saw many of their stars rewarded on the night, with Nathan Hughes named Green Flag Forward of the Season and veteran fly-half Andy Goode picking up the Gilbert Golden Boot trophy.

And Simpson believes that recognition is a testament to a close-knit Wasps side that have helped his own game step up another level this year.

“I would not have had a sniff if my pack had not played so well,” he added. “They have been terrific this year and have given me a real platform.

“I cannot thank them enough, a lot of credit must go to them for giving me the ball and I have also had the old head of Andy Goode at ten who has been bossing me around.

“I don’t get a word in edgeways but he has been calling the shots, he has been a massive help for me and someone I have learnt from.”

COMPLETE SHORTLIST
Kyle Eastmond – Bath Rugby v Leicester Tigers
Kyle Eastmond – Bath Rugby v Saracens
Charlie Sharples – Gloucester Rugby v Newcastle Falcons
Joe Simpson – Wasps v Exeter Chiefs
Sinoti Sinoti – Newcastle Falcons v Bath Rugby
Christian Wade – Wasps v Saracens

Tickets to the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final are selling faster than this time last year so now's the time to click here to book your place at the world's biggest club rugby final

Latest News

Match Reaction: Sale Sharks 3 Exeter Chiefs 21

Rob Baxter hailed Exeter Chiefs' defensive display after they earned a third Aviva Premiership Rugby win in a row with…

DM1_7730

Match Report: Sale Sharks 3 Exeter Chiefs 21

Three first-half tries saw Exeter Chiefs move into the top four of the Aviva Premiership Rugby table after a scrappy…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Born-and-bred Worcester Warrior Jonny Arr up for jersey fight

Jonny Arr is on the brink of bringing up his 100th Aviva Premiership Rugby appearance for Worcester Warriors – but…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

100th Harlequins appearance ‘would be special’, says hooker Dave Ward

Harlequins hooker Dave Ward has said it would be “something special” if he made his 100th appearance for the club on…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Saints team named for derby day

The Northampton Saints team has been announced for Saturday’s East Midlands derby with Leicester. Ben Foden will lead the side…

JJ Hanrahan

Wasps team for Worcester Warriors

Dai Young has named his side to make the short trip to Sixways this Sunday, to take on Worcester Warriors…

Wasps

Internationals return for Bath Rugby

Five of Bath Rugby’s international contingent have returned to the starting line-up for their Aviva Premiership match-up with Saracens tomorrow…

Taulupe Faletau

Leicester Tigers team news for Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 10

Logovi'i Mulipola and JP Pietersen return from international duty to join the Leicester Tigers line-up for Saturday's East Midlands derby…

Kitto

Saracens name team to face Bath

Saracens have named their team to face Bath at the Recreational Ground for Saturday’s round ten Aviva Premiership clash, kick-off…

Maro Itoje

Potgieter to lead Warriors against Wasps

Flanker Dewald Potgieter will skipper Warriors this Sunday as they take on Wasps in the West Midlands derby at Sixways…

Potgeiter

TEAM NEWS: Gloucester Rugby vs Bristol Rugby

Mark Tainton shuffles the pack ahead of Bristol’s trip to Gloucester on Saturday (4.30pm KO). The Acting Head Coach makes…

Adrian Jarvis

Horwill and Roberts return for Harlequins

Harlequins has announced the team to play Newcastle Falcons in Round 10 of the Aviva Premiership at Kingston Park on…

Jamie Roberts

Newcastle Falcons team to face Harlequins

Evan Olmstead returns from international duty as Newcastle Falcons make three changes for Sunday’s Aviva Premiership visit of Harlequins to…

Evan Olmstead

Gloucester Rugby unchanged for local derby against Bristol Rugby

Gloucester Rugby have named an unchanged starting XV for the third week in a row as they welcome Bristol Rugby…

Sharples

Wasps’ Kearnan Myall prepared for ‘dangerous’ Worcester Warriors

Wasps second-row Kearnan Myall admits it will take an almighty second-half blitz if his side are to see off Worcester…

Kearnan Myall has played seven times in Aviva Premiership Rugby this season

Gloucester Rugby’s Matt Scott expects rivals to earn first win soon

Gloucester Rugby’s Matt Scott is adamant Bristol Rugby will get their first Aviva Premiership Rugby win sooner rather than later…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Preview of this weekend’s international and Aviva Premiership action

[audio mp3="http://d2cx26qpfwuhvu.cloudfront.net/premier/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/01140412/0112Wrap_WEB.mp3"][/audio]

640347855_tm_8190_02aea48e383464f44e5b6b9c7bd66d50.jpg

Aviva Premiership Rugby on BT Sport and ITV Sport this weekend

Sale Sharks and Exeter Chiefs kick-off another action-packed weekend of Aviva Premiership Rugby on BT Sport and ITV. Sharks take…

Bt Sport presenters

Chiefs side to face Sale Sharks

Rob Baxter says it’s imperative his Exeter Chiefs side keep their “foot on the pedal” after securing back-to-back victories in…

shill-chiefs-0112