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Simpson: team effort behind Citizen Try of the Season

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

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