Sharks confirm Odwa switch

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Original Content, Sharks on 6 Aug 2013 at 09:32
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New Sharks Director of Rugby Brendan Venter has confirmed, via the Sharks Website, that Odwa Ndungane will be used primarily fullback for the upcoming Currie Cup campaign.

32-year-old Odwa, one of the real veterans in the backline, has long been slated for such a move, with fans who’ve seen him play in the position on a number of occasions over the last few years generally full of praise for what they’ve seen. With a number of bright young prospect coming through at wing, coupled by something of a talent drain in the last line of defence, it does make sense for Odwa to make a move into the number 15 jersey, particularly given that Louis Ludik’s move to outside centre also appears to be a campaign-long one.

Ludik started alongside fit-again Tim Whitehead in midfield for the Sharks on Friday night and the smart money would be on the two reprising those roles against Griquas on Friday, particularly given Marius Joubert’s latest injury.

According to Venter, Odwa Ndungane and Jaco van Tonder are the two men to be rotated at fullback, with incoming Kings back SP Marais seen as a “squad member”, at this stage, albeit one who is a more-than-capable fullback despite offering cover in other positions too.

Returning to the topic of Ndungane, though, Venter reveals some interesting, if unexpected, information: “We had the players tested and Odwa was the third fastest player in our group, we were very impressed with his stats, his conditioning is fantastic and he’s a leader.

“We see him primarily as a fullback now. He will help to give our backline some zip as well. He’s experienced, he organises the backs, he kicks the ball out of hand beautifully so after losing Riaan [Viljoen], we’re very privileged to have Odwa who steps in there. He was brilliant against the Kings, and he has been at training too.”


  • Good move at this stage of his career!

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.08.13 09:39:03 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : agreed. He has been way too slow as a wing for the past few seasons.

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.08.13 09:40:45 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 2) : although if Venter is right, then he’s faster than all but two of these players:

    Mvovo, Sithole, Maseko, van Tonder, Robinson

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.08.13 09:45:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • “We had the players tested…” brought a smile to my face :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.08.13 09:55:59 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I guess hansie graaff is also a “squad member”. Good depth for currie cup that’s for sure. Bookies may have bulls and province 4 favorites, but sharks, cheetahs and even lions could take it. Gonna be a close currie cup

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.08.13 09:57:57 by RuckingFun Reply

  • I am loving the new approach that the new guard is bringing. The testing of players etc. Plus not once have I seen or heard where they are talking about a 3 year building plan or any of that crap. But yesterday I saw a quote where BMH said that the goal is to win the CC.

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.08.13 10:01:49 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Think he meant the 3rd fittest. Big up to Oddy.

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.08.13 10:04:56 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • I wonder how the ‘speedtests’ are done. Do they look at top speed or acceleration?

    Is it about horsepower or torque? 😀

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.08.13 10:06:42 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 6) : Agree.

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.08.13 10:09:15 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 7) : why would he say “fastest” if he meant “fittest”? Surely he knows the difference between those words?

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.08.13 10:09:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 6) : the goal for the Sharks is ALWAYS to win every EVERY competition they play in.

    FFS, we’re not the Lions.

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.08.13 10:10:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • Mmmm, so what is the back 3 going to look like now that Sithole is injured?

    15 Odwa
    14 Maseko(I hope they give him a shot)
    13 Ludik
    12 TW
    11 Mvovo
    10 Butch
    9 Mcleod
    8 Daniel c
    7 Deysel
    6 Botes
    5 Wentzel
    4 Hewitt
    3 Herbst
    2 Cooper
    1 Chadwick
    Burden, Gerber, Marais, Mtembu, Reinach, Zeilinga, V Tonder.

    Something like that maybe?

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.08.13 10:12:55 by John Galt Reply

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  • @John Galt (Comment 12) : I think you’re pretty close with that.

    To me, though, it’s interesting that Stander started at 6 on Friday night. Also, I’m not sure whether Butch or Fred has the inside track for 10 against Griquas

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.08.13 10:14:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : Too true mate, just so used to new coaches always using that damn ‘rebuilding’ excuse.

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.08.13 10:20:48 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @John Galt (Comment 12) : You forgot Mvovo is still there.

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.08.13 10:21:32 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 13) :
    I don’t know why they made Botes the VC, that’s pretty much the only reason he’s on my starting sheet.
    To me Stander or one of the other youngsters should be getting a shot in the CC.
    Yep wouldn’t be unhappy with Zeilinga at 10. Might have to deal with a few Griquas fatties running at his channel all day though.

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.08.13 10:26:58 by John Galt Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 15) :
    Yeah I have him there at 11.

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.08.13 10:29:16 by John Galt Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Hey Rob, wasn’t Butch suspended for 4 weeks after the Bulls game, which would include this weekend?

    I think Zeilinga will start. I also don’t think Botes will start.

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.08.13 10:30:13 by Letgo Reply
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  • Great move for Odwa. He’s solid under the high ball and he can kick. Great switch.

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.08.13 10:30:25 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 18) : oh is it? I can’t remember to be honest… I thought that he was ok for the first CC game.

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.08.13 10:34:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @John Galt (Comment 17) : haha sorry, my bad

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.08.13 10:38:47 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 18) :
    Bulls played Sharks on the 6th of July.
    So I think he may just be safe.

    We played the Kings in the last weekend of SR.
    Then the playoffs week. then the Semis, then the Final + this week.
    I think he’ll just be over the suspension.

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.08.13 10:39:31 by John Galt Reply

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  • @RuckingFun (Comment 5) : Really don’t know how the bookies have Bulls as one of the favorites for the cc. We barely have a decent flyhalf to name just one flaw. Surely the Cheetahs and the Sharks must be the strongest contenders I would put money on.

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.08.13 10:40:10 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @John Galt (Comment 22) : yes – that sounds like what I thought too 🙂

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.08.13 10:43:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • good switch up. I cant recall seeing Odwa have a bad game at fullback. He seems to shine there.
    @Letgo (Comment 18) : If im not mistaken, butch was suspended up-to and including last weekend.

  • Comment 25, posted at 06.08.13 10:46:54 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • He did very well at 15 when the Sharks needed him there a few seasons ago.

  • Comment 26, posted at 06.08.13 11:07:02 by Shred Reply

  • @Shred (Comment 26) : haha – Oddy’s number 1 fan!

    Good to see you. I still remember you being the only oke willing to back him after his 2005 season.

  • Comment 27, posted at 06.08.13 11:08:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : LOL ja! Some things never change I guess 🙂

  • Comment 28, posted at 06.08.13 11:16:02 by Shred Reply

  • @John Galt (Comment 12) : I think Robinson will be selected ahead of maseko

  • Comment 29, posted at 06.08.13 11:21:15 by Bok-Clyde-Kiwi Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : You have to admit that was an absolute shocker. Anything and everything that could have gone wrong did.

  • Comment 30, posted at 06.08.13 11:43:46 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Shred (Comment 26) : He has the skill set to be a dependable and reliable 15. The only thing he is lacking is pace and at 15 you can get away with that a lot more than on the wing.

  • Comment 31, posted at 06.08.13 11:45:04 by lostfish Reply
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  • Odwa at 15 good choice as rotation with Ludick,but Ludick is no 12 or 13,once again Sharks looking to place players in positions they don’t belong ala Steph Tereblanch,same old same old nonsense

  • Comment 32, posted at 06.08.13 11:49:09 by benji Reply
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  • Good move I think.
    I`m a little worried about his kicking. Would he be able to relieve pressure?

  • Comment 33, posted at 06.08.13 12:22:31 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Rob, they normally test the guys over 40m. And at that distance you could add Reinach to the mix.

    In my opinion, a lot of wings have a high top speed, but are not always the quickest over the shorter distances.

  • Comment 34, posted at 06.08.13 14:53:16 by Bump Reply

  • @lostfish (Comment 31) : Not true, Rob just stated in the article that he is the third fastest in the squad, so more that enough pace.

  • Comment 35, posted at 06.08.13 14:54:42 by Bump Reply


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