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End of Season Awards round-up: Lee-Lo clinches Peter Thomas Player of the Season Award

5th June 2017

Rey Lee-Lo claimed the Peter Thomas Player of the Season Award at the 2016/17 Cardiff Blues' End of Season Awards evening.

The centre, who is currently on international duty with the Samoan national side, saw off competition from runners-up Kristian Dacey, Lloyd Williams and Josh Navidi to claim the night’s main award.

It’s been an impressive season for Lee-Lo, who received the award via a video message, having struck up a formidable partnership with Willis Halaholo in the centre and causing problems for opposition defences with his ball-carrying and offloading abilities.

The evening was held at the Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre in the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, and hosted by TV presenter, and Cardiff Blues fan, Gethin Jones.

Dacey picked up two awards on the night, after being voted Player of the Season by the Cardiff Blues fans and his fellow team-mates, having racked-up six tries in 22 appearances.

Elsewhere, promising talents Rhun Williams and Ben Jones were named Discovery of the Season and Academy Player of the Season, while Blaine Scully’s superman finish against Scarlets came out on top of the public vote for the Try of the Season.

A panel consisting of Gareth Edwards, Gethin Jenkins, Tom Shanklin, Martyn Williams and WalesOnline rugby journalist Simon Thomas chose Alex Cuthbert’s performance and standing ovation in the home clash against Benetton Treviso as the Champagne Moment of the Season.

There was also a Special Recognition Award handed to Sam Warburton for his outstanding achievements for Cardiff Blues, Wales and the British & Irish Lions and his ambassadorial qualities both on and off the field.

Five players were celebrated for winning their 100th caps over the past season - Macauley Cook, Kristian Dacey, Sam Warburton, James Down and Alex Cuthbert.

Reaction pieces from the award winners and Cardiff Blues coaching staff to follow.

Peter Thomas Player of the Season Award (DS Smith): Rey Lee-Lo

Players’ Player of the Season (CPS Group): Kristian Dacey

Discovery of the Season (Land Rover): Rhun Williams

Academy Player of the Season (Sphere Solutions): Ben Jones

Fans’ Player of the Season (Genero): Kristian Dacey

Try of the Season (Heineken): Blaine Scully (v. Scarlets, h)

Cardiff Blues Special Recognition Award: Sam Warburton

Champagne Moment of the Season (SPIROS): Alex Cuthbert’s standing ovation vs. Benetton Treviso

Cardiff Blues Office Employee of the Season (The Exchange Hotel): Luke Hughes

Cardiff Blues Rugby Employee of the Season (The Exchange Hotel): Richard Hughes

Club Volunteer of the Season (Tiger Tiger): Gemma Davies

School Volunteer of the Season (Pro Copy): Andy Price

Young Leader of the Season (Dragon Signs): Joe Pursey

Outstanding Contribution to Community Rugby (Guinness): Mark Hopkins

Cardiff Blues Women’s Player of the Season (Llandaff Laminates): Rhi Parker

Cardiff Blues U18 Girls’ Player of the Season (Llandaff Laminates): Manon Johnes