Milestone beckons for Odwa

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 9 Apr 2014 at 09:58
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He may have earned a 100th career cap in Super Rugby last year, but you can tell that for Odwa Ndungane, the real prize is the one likely to greet him this weekend at Ellis Park – 100 caps in Super Rugby for his beloved Sharks.

Few seem to recall the younger Ndungane twin’s brief stint as a Bulls player in 2004, one that earned him ten caps in the blue jersey. In fact, with brother Akona making his own Bulls debut the following year, I think it’s safe to say that many Bulls supporters probably don’t realise that they’ve been fortunate enough to have both brothers wear their colours. When Odwa earned his 90th cap for the Sharks – as a late replacement in a poor game against the Reds on tour – there was no fanfare and hardly even a mention at all that he’s just achieved a major milestone in becoming a tournament centurion.

You can tell that even Odwa himself pays little mind to that stat, telling Supersport, ““When I first got to the Sharks I struggled quite a lot to stay in the team, but you just put your head down and keep going. So to reach 100 caps is very special for me. My brother reached the 100 mark for the Bulls a couple of weeks back and it is a big thing for our family for us both to reach 100 in such a tough competition.” You could almost believe, reading that, that the player doesn’t realise that he reached the milestone last season already!

Indications are that Jake White isn’t going to change his starting team this week, meaning that when the side is confirmed tomorrow morning, we should expect to see Odwa starting in his favoured right wing position. Leading the team onto the field on Saturday will be a fitting tribute to a man who, despite the circumstances of his arrival, has given his all to Sharks rugby for the better part of a decade and will, I’m sure, continue to be a huge part of her success in the seasons to come.


  • You go Odwa 😎

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.04.14 10:05:52 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • Now that is a guy that should be the blueprint for all players. A true professional in all respects. Some very proud parents I am sure.

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  • Comment 2, posted at 09.04.14 10:08:47 by SheldonK Reply

  • I am happy for him! But always a kak sign for the saaaks when we have some one getting a milestone achievement…
    And you know mos that the lions rolled over and played dead last Saturday against one of the weakest Crusader sides in years! So of course they are going to redeem themselves against us!
    I just hope that our 2nd weekend off didn’t break our momentum!

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.04.14 10:16:39 by R Hayward Reply

  • Yip, I remember him struggling in those first few years and then suddenly he was one of the players you just couldn’t leave out of the team.

    Hard work then paid of for him.

    Congratulations Odwa. My favorite Odwa Moments:

    2007 Sharks Vs Crusaders

    First Half: Odwa receives an offload from AJ Venter to stroll in for an untouched perfectly worked try. Odwa spills it as he is grounding.

    Second Half (Over Time): The Sharks are 6 points behind, Keegan Daniel (or Rory Kockett) puts AD Jacobs into space from our own 22, AD draws one tackle and gives it to Odwa with a good 40m to go, Scott Hamilton in tow. Multiple camera angles and nervous minutes and it’s confirmed, Odwa is the hero of the day.

    Ruan Pienaar had to (and did convert) for the win, but that was the best hero to zero game ever.

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.04.14 10:29:23 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 4) : Great memory, thanks for sharing!

    Congrats to Odders!

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.04.14 10:33:47 by vanmartin Reply
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    Highlights of 2007 Round 5

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.04.14 10:44:05 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 4) :

    I see the pass was from Botes – AJ is the guy showing his shock and disappointment just behind Odwa as he drops the ball.

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.04.14 10:46:54 by Letgo Reply
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  • Congrats Odwa.
    Ive been a bit of an Odwa critic over the past 2 or 3 seasons.
    More because of his lack of speed but its amazing how much more safe I feel with him at 14 than most others. He really has become Mr reliable as he has matured as a player.

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.04.14 12:10:35 by John Galt Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 4) : nearly had a hart attack when he dropped the ball but he was forgiven once he scored that try. Hell that was a great game!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.04.14 12:41:38 by JD Reply
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  • @John Galt (Comment 8) : yes he lost some pace but more than makes up for it with his work rate and vision. Great player.

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.04.14 12:45:56 by JD Reply
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  • Congrats! Odwa. A fantastic servant to THE SHARKS. Good Luck against the Lions.

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.04.14 13:32:30 by [email protected] Reply

  • Congrats Odwa, make it count.

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.04.14 14:23:39 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 4) : In those early years it was Akona that was playing very well. When asked by a journalist how to distinguish between the twins, Akona jokingly answered “Im the one that scores all the tries” or something to that effect.

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.04.14 14:28:51 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Any indication of new locks? Or have we found it in [email protected]vanmartin (Comment 5) :

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.04.14 15:19:21 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @BoerSeun (Comment 14) : Not sure if that question was meant for me? I have no idea but I’m sure Rob would start dropping hints the minute he gets a sniff of anything :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.04.14 15:22:24 by vanmartin Reply
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  • nothing is happening, as far as I can tell. I think they looked, but didn’t find anything.

    Ignore Tank’s nonsense about Jason Eaton. That’s not happening.

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.04.14 15:26:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : Yeah, I also read Tank’s “Eaton rumour”, and was wondering how good a player he is. But since you just confirmed that it is nothing more than a pile of bull, we might as well just move along. Seems like Alberts is booked at 4 for the season.. at least for now.

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.04.14 15:39:24 by Sharkszen Reply

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  • @Sharkszen (Comment 17) : must say I can’t see why Peet or one of the other Vodacom Cup locks not getting a go for one or two games?!?!

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.04.14 15:51:34 by JD Reply
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  • I reckon they may look for a Sarries lock if they are hunting outside of SA. Think their season ends in early May.
    Given Smits relationship with the guys there, it might not be completely outside the realms of possibility to get one on loan.

    Mouritz Botha would be welcomed with open arms Im sure.
    Al Hargreaves?

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.04.14 16:33:10 by John Galt Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 18) : @John Galt (Comment 19) : I think Peet will do well, and if we play him off the bench for a couple of games he should slot in nicely, and perhaps even gain a start. Though I have a feeling JW is looking for someone with more experience. A lock on loan from Sarries may just do the trick. Hargreaves is already familiar with the systems..

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.04.14 16:42:38 by Sharkszen Reply

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  • @Sharkszen (Comment 20) : sorry to say but Hargreaves played here ages ago, don’t think he’s that familiar with the structures anymore. I really feel Peet must be playing Super rugby, he’s got huge potential and needs to get the backing of the coaches.

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.04.14 19:37:12 by JD Reply
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  • Comment 22, posted at 09.04.14 20:04:39 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Baie geluk Odwa. So ‘n nice ou soos jy verdien dit!!!!

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.04.14 13:53:12 by Marge Reply


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