Joy for Joubert
Saracens' Ernst Joubert was voted the Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month for February.
Last Updated: 15/03/11 7:27pm
Saracens No. 8 Ernst Joubert has been voted the Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month for February.
The South African forward was instrumental during the month as Sarries picked up three straight league wins to keep the pressure up on leaders Leicester.
A panel made up of rugby media representatives from print, TV, radio and the photographers decided to give him the award.
"It's a great achievement. Luckily the team has been playing very well and our wolf-pack have been doing the hard work and making it easier for a guy like me to perform well," Joubert said.
Saracens first team coach Mark McCall added: "We've played well recently and picked up some good wins. I think we are getting to the level where we were last year and our defence has been superb. The guys have got faith in each other and the confidence is growing."
The chair of the panel - Rugby World editor Paul Morgan - believes the performances of Joubert have been one of the main reasons behind Sarries' recent run of form.
"Ernst is the engine room of the Saracens effort that has seen them move to the verge of qualifying for the Aviva Premiership Rugby play-offs. He seems to cover every blade of grass on the pitch and has made a huge contribution since arriving at the club."
Joubert moved to Vicarage Road at the beginning of last season and quickly established himself as a key member of the first team.