After a sensational season for Wasps, Jimmy Gopperth deservedly won both the Aviva Premiership Player of the Year and Player’s Player of the Year awards. However, it seems for some, Gopperth’s fantastic season tells a different tale.
An incredible report in the New Zealand Herald on Thursday suggested that, due to the fact that Gopperth wasn’t ‘eagerly sought after’ during his Super Rugby days, the quality of the Aviva Premiership (and the Lions) must be woeful.
The piece opens with a dreadfully sarcastic pop at ‘little Jimmy Gopperth’ and only gets more repulsive from there.
Knock knock. Who’s there? Jimmy. Jimmy who? Jimmy Gopperth, England club rugby player of the year.
Yep, you read that right. Little Jimmy Gopperth is officially the best player in the English club premiership.
Using the most overly simplistic logic imaginable, the piece goes on to suggest that the Wasps fly-half was an also-ran during his time in New Zealand and that the fact that he has stood out as the best player in the Aviva Premiership means that the Lions will be useless this summer.
…the fact he (Gopperth) has won both premier individual awards in English club rugby says a lot about that competition.
It also says something about the British and Irish Lions.
If Gopperth has been able to poll more votes than influential Lions players like so-called match-winning No. 10 Owen Farrell and his Saracens team-mate Maro Itoje (another guy being massively talked up ahead of the New Zealand tour) then what chances have the touring party of winning?
The piece is riddled with typos (we already tidied up a few) and doesn’t really deserve to be spoken about anymore than we already have but, if you must toss your eyes over the abhorrent drivel, you can check it out in full here.