““What an extraordinary player he is. Taylor has the ability to run like a spider on roller skates and yet still has the ability to bounce off of players twice his size.”
WRUFC wing Joe Taylor has been named Player of the Month for April 2018.
Joe has been in stellar form for the Wheatley as they claimed fourth spot in the Wadworth BBO Premiership the highest position achieved the clubs history, and he climbed to the second in the clubs try scoring charts.
Former London Wasp and Head Coach Geoff Ward said: “What an extraordinary player he is. Taylor has the ability to run like a spider on roller skates and yet still has the ability to bounce off of players twice his size.
Spider on Roller skates
“Everyone knows about him in the wide channels; a genuine flyer to add to his frame and awesome finisher given half a yard. But there are times when I see him like a back row forward in and around the fringes, and lethal from five yards out when it is supposed to be forwards’ territory.”
Taylor was judged by his team mates as the player who made the biggest impact in the League over the month of April. He was involved in a three-way battle for third spot, eventually beating Tadley but being pipped by Chesham.
Ward added: “It’s clear he offers the Purple Army a bit of everything. He’s lethal in attack but is also a brilliant defender, drifting or blitzing – he reads situations so well, and always wins the contact. He is also getting better – he has removed the looseness of his play, and it is pretty clear any team with Taylor in would be competitive.”
Winners in the 2017-18 season
April – Joe Taylor
March – No Games
February – Matt Gibb
January – Ezra Rees
December – Alex Gabbidon
November – Aaron Laman
October – James Neal
September – Fraser Patterson
Updated 13:14 - 20 May 2018 by Simon Chadbone