Saturday 18 November 2017

Sexton on the double as heroics rewarded with gong

JONNY Sexton has been voted Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Player of the Month for November and December.

The out-half featured in six games during this period, including all four Heineken Cup games and an inter-provincial clash with Munster. He amassed an impressive three Man of the Match performances during that time.

Against defending league champions Munster and in front of a crowd of 48,000, Sexton steered over seven penalties to ensure Leinster won a captivating tie back in November. There were other memorable kicking feats during this time with perhaps the highlight being the injury-time penalty against Montpellier, salvaging a draw away from home.

Sexton scored all of Leinster's points at the Recreation Grounds against Bath in December. In the return fixture, he again proved key, scoring a try, six conversions and one drop goal.

Commenting on the award, Sexton said: "I would like to thank Bank of Ireland for their sponsorship of this award, but most of all to the Leinster supporters who voted for me."

Winning the award puts him in contention for the Player of the Year award which is announced at the Annual Leinster Awards Ball.

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