Vote and Get the chance to interview your Etihad Player of the Month for October
31 October 2012 13:16pm
By Callum Sheppard
Etihad Airways and Harlequins are giving supporters the opportunity to decide on the Etihad Player of the Month.
One lucky fan (and guest), who votes for the winning Etihad Player of the Month, will be drawn at random each month and will win tickets to a Harlequins match as well as get to present the award to the winning player on match day.
Harlequins have put together an internal panel of experts, who will select their top five players each month. The quintet will be shown here each month.
Please carefully weigh-up the case for each player and then vote before November 5th, 2012 (4pm) for the chance to meet him and get an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes.
The Harlequins centre's work rate in both attack and defence this month has been exceptional. Never afraid to try an impressive offload, Hopper's handling skills were key in the build-up to Tom Williams' try against London Irish. The 27-year-old produced a man of the match performance against the Exiles, which will prove to be a key victory come the end of the season.
Stepping up following injury to Joe Gray, Rob Buchanan has made great strides this month. The 21 year-old scored his first try for the club in the victory over Biarritz. With just four minutes played in the second half, the hooker rounded off some strong Quins play using his strength to power his way over. The hooker has also been a key cog in the set pieces which have provided Harlequins with a solid attacking platform.
Many would argue that Nick Easter should be included in Stuart Lancaster's squad for the Autumn internationals, but England's loss is Harlequins' gain. The number 8 produced a man of the match performance against Biarritz and his surging run from the base of the scrum lead to Harlequins' third try. Key also in stealing numerous restarts against Connacht, the number 8 narrowly missed out on a second successive man of the match award.
Danny Care's scoring record in the month of October looks as follows, played four scored four. The scrum-half set the Stoop alight to score the opening try against Biarritz in early October and scored two vital tries in his man of the match performance in the victory over Connacht. The electric scrum-half is in formidable form and has been rewarded for his efforts with a call up to the England squad for the QBE autumn Internationals.
Ben Botica has taken the reigns this month while fellow Kiwi fly-half Nick Evans has been injured. In Just his second appearance for the club, and in the opening round of the Heineken Cup, Botica notched 18 points from the boot. This was followed a week later on his starting debut, with 20 points against Connacht. Reliable again from the boot in the victory over London Irish, Botica was key in the build-up to Tom Williams' try.
During week commencing 22nd April Harlequins will launch an innovative, new Membership Scheme which will replace the existing Season Ticket Holder Programme. Further details of the scheme will be announced in due course.