Paterson Wins Gatorade Game Changer Award for April
1 May 2014 12:00pm
By Dave Swanton
Pato runs past Tom Biggs at Bath
Sale Sharks' Michael Paterson has won the Gatorade Game Changer Award for April following his display against Exeter Chiefs.
The Game Changer rewards the player responsible for the most effective single performance each month, according to the Opta statistics.
Paterson's Sale side made light work of their trip to Sandy Park, registering eight tries in a commanding 55-12 win.
In attack, Paterson touched down for a try in addition to making 60 meters from 18 carries, beating eight defenders along the way. The lock was equally strong in defence, making eight tackles across the 80 minutes.
Paterson said: "The team have traditionally found it tough at Exeter so to come away with such a positive result is really pleasing.
"I was happy with my performance so it's great to be recognised for the Gatorade Game Changer award."
Each of the monthly Game Changer winners will be competing for the Game Changer of the Season Award which is announced in May. Last year's big prize was won by Harlequins' Ollie Lindsay Hague.
Michael Paterson is also nominated for Green Flag's Forward of the Season Award. After a terrific season, it is great to see Pato getting the recognition he deserves.
Sale Sharks are looking to take the next step and break into Aviva Premiership Rugby's top six but the club's head of community operations Jonny Acheson is adamant their grassroots work is already among the best in the country.
In the run up to the Aviva Premiership Fixture announcement on Friday, we thought we'd look back at the all the previous encounters of the sides in the Premiership since 2000! Do you remember any of these encounters? Let us know via Twitter or Facebook.