Anstee, Mataele take out Force rugby gong

Justin ChadwickAAP
Tim Anstee has shared the Nathan Sharpe medal for the Western Force's best and fairest winner.
Camera IconTim Anstee has shared the Nathan Sharpe medal for the Western Force's best and fairest winner. Credit: AAP

Former Sevens star Tim Anstee and powerful Fijian winger Manasa Mataele have become joint winners of the Western Force best and fairest award.

Mataele was one of the standout players of the Super Rugby Pacific season, with his barnstorming runs creating a glut of highlights.

Anstee was rewarded for his consistency.

Mataele and Anstee both finished tied on 105 points for the Nathan Sharpe medal, marking the first time the award has been shared.

Bayley Kuenzle (102 points) was runner-up.

"Both Manasa and Tim are greatly deserving of this accolade," Force legend and general manager of rugby Matt Hodgson said.

"Their hard work during key moments throughout the season was pivotal to our overall season, and it is great to see them both recognised."

Teenager Tamika Jones was the first Rebecca Clough Medal as the Force's Super W best and fairest winner.

The 18-year-old flanker's breakout season saw her receive her first call-up to the Wallaroos training squad.

Anneka Stephens was the runner-up.

"Tamika was a standout throughout the season," Hodgson said.

"For someone so young to possess such confidence and tenacity is incredible."

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