The opening month of the Premiership campaign gave us some very exciting matches and unexpected results. The Newcastle Falcons, at one stage, were sitting at the summit and the form of the Northampton Saints all brought them to the upper echelons of the table.
Both sides are currently sitting in fourth and third place respectively and not many would have predicted that at the beginning of the season.
As such, it’s no surprise that the players who were battling it out for September Player Of The Month were from the Saints and the Falcons.
Falcons’ Juan Pablo Soncino and the Saints duo of Courtney Lawes and Tom Collins were in the running for September’s accolade and its Lawes who has come out on top from the panel of experts who decided on who was the stand out performer last month.
According to Will Greenwood, Lawes has been instrumental in the Saints’ great start to the season and believes that the 28-year-old has been given “a new lease of life” with his move to blindside flanker.
“Lawes has been unbelievable for Northampton Saints this season,” said Greenwood. “Northampton tend to win when he is playing right now!
“He’s still awesome in the lineout but now able to run around and smash things on a far more regular basis from the back row… loving his new-found freedom at six.”
“Courtney’s ball-carrying has improved exponentially. He has great footwork and softer hands.
“He might well be England’s most improved player, and is certainly critical to Northampton playing well.”
The decision was made by the following panel of experts – Nick Mullins (BT Sport), Alastair Eykyn (BT Sport), Mick Cleary (The Daily Telegraph), Sarah Mockford (Rugby World), Jonny Fordham (The Sun), Jill Douglas (ITV Sport), Chris Jones (BBC 5 Live), David Rogers (Getty Images) and Tom Hamilton (ESPN).
Lawes will hope to continue his good form for the Saints when they take on Saracens and Clermont Auvergne in the Champions Cup over the next two weeks.