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“Did not realise it was just going to be Brian Carney speaking at his laptop again” – How social media reacted to last night’s Super League awards

Yesterday saw the rugby league world come together – albeit virtually – to celebrate the last 12 months and the latest chapter of Super League history ahead of Saturday’s Grand Final. That’s right, yesterday concluded with the annual Super League awards. Every winner was definitely deserving on the night and it built up the hype going into Saturday. That’s how I saw it anyway, but how did social media react to last night’s awards?

Unfortunately, many people were left unimpressed by the awards ceremony. In fact, they were bemused by the decision to do it via video call once again.

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Despite that, there was still plenty to celebrate including the first two awards of the night in the shape of the top try scorer award and the top tackler award which went to Ken Sio and Joe Shorrocks respectively. Both received plenty of praise on Twitter.

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Next up was the Spirit of Super League award. Even though the winner had already been announced before hand, the presentation of the award to former Leeds skipper Kevin Sinfield for his fundraising efforts to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association and former teammate Rob Burrow, was no less special.

Many people found the video package quite emotional. Some even admitted that it made them cry.

Following the Spirit of Super League award, Super League bid farewell to its retiring stars. Subsequently, plenty of people took to Twitter to thank those hanging up their boots for their contributions to the sport and to individual clubs.

Sadly, one particular legend was left out of the tribute video.

Going from the old to the new, the next award was the Young Player of the Year which was held by Leeds Rhino Harry Newman before last night. That said, even Leeds fans knew the deserving winner in 2021 was a Saint.

Jack Welsby simply had to win the award after a superb season in which he has come of age. He was quite rightly showered in praise after receiving the award.

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The next award wasn’t a one horse race like the Young Player of the Year, however. There were a few contenders for the Coach of the Year with some believing that it should have gone to Hull KR’s Tony Smith. That said, it’s hard to argue with eventual winner Steve McNamara.

Following this, Jodie Cunningham claimed the Woman of Steel after a brilliant season with St Helens.

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Some fans then expected the Club of the Year to be announced only to realise there is no such award anymore.

As the main event – the Man of Steel presentation itself – creeped closer, The Tryline reminded everyone of the pre-season odds for the award which might surprise you.

One Saints fan was desperate to see Jonny Lomax claim the accolade but they admitted that it should probably go to Sam Tomkins.

Unsurprisingly, it did go to Tomkins, the Catalans fullback winning the award for the second time nine years after his first in 2012. Absolutely, a deserving winner everyone applauded his quite brilliant season. Now the question is, can he guide Catalans to Grand Final success on Saturday?

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