Muller was crowned Player of the Year after being judged to have made the most outstanding on field contribution to the Knights over the course of the season by their team mates and coaching staff.
The classy playmaker played a pivotal part in the success of the club’s first year of existence, with his lethal, striking runs and bone crunching tackles.
Knights’ skipper Pieter Slabbert also did not go home empty-handed, with the lively hooker winning the Best Back award. The North West University product led from the front and revelled around the ruck behind a dominant forward pack.
Second row Schalk Jooste took home the Best Forward award – after many solid performances at second row and in the centres this season, including being a key member of head coach Carel van Lill’s player leadership group.
Also honoured was winger Jason Barrish, who was awarded the Club Person of the Year for his outstanding contribution both on and off the field throughout season 2015/16. Barrish also holds the record for being the most capped Knights player.
Elusive second row Joe van Zyl won the Most Improved Knight award following an impressive opening season at the club, which also earned him a call-up to the national training squad.
Tiaan Roelofse’s tireless efforts and contribution to the Knights community were recognised with the 28-year-old receiving the 2015/16 Coaches’ Award.
Teammate Divan Lotz claimed the titles of Top Points and Try Scorer, to round out the awards as the club put the icing on a successful season, which saw it win its first Western Province Rugby League Challenge title.
2015/16 KNIGHTS PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS:
Player of the Year — Andre Muller
Best Forward — Schalk Jooste
Best Back — Pieter Slabbert
Most Improved — Joe van Zyl
Clubman of the Year — Jason Barrish
Coaches’ Award — Tiaan Roelofse
Top Points-Scorers — Divan Lotz, Heinrich Schlunz & Meyer Jv Rensburg (28 points)
Top Try-Scorer — Divan Lotz (7 tries)
Provincial Squad Representatives — Tiaan Roelofse, Neliaan Harmse, Pieter Slabbert, Jacques Roux, Mike Pfeil, Heinrich Schlunz, Schalk Jooste, JP Swanepoel & Brandon Meyer
National Squad Representatives — Billy van Lill, Carel van Lill, JP Swanepoel & Joe van Zyl