Odwa goes second, Lourens reaches 50

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 17 Mar 2017 at 12:43
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Sharks winger Odwa Ndungane will achieve an impressive feat when he takes the field against the Kings; currently tied on 131 Super Rugby caps with Bismarck du Plessis, the dread-locked warrior will become the second most-capped Sharks Super Rugby player of all time.

Having turned 36 in February, Odwa is a case study in longevity in the local game and has done well (or been fortunate) to avoid serious injury for much of his career. Making his debut for the Sharks back in February 2005, Odwa became just the 107th player to feature for the team in Super Rugby; he came into the squad after an iffy campaign with the Bulls the year before and was seen as one of the stranger purchases in a rather uninspiring intake brought in by coach Kevin Putt. Needless to say, Odwa is the only one of that crop still playing for the Sharks.

His 10 caps for the men in blue bring his career total to 141, placing him third on the list of all-time most-capped South African Super Rugby players, behind Jannie du Plessis (145) and Victor Matfield (148). Jannie may have more caps overall than Odwa, but because he played so many times for the Cheetahs, he is “only” on 119 for the Durban side.

Here’s a list of the most-capped Sharks player in the competition, with Odwa of course set to stride ahead of Bismarck this weekend. Both are behind the overall leader JP Pietersen (137), but one that Beast Mtawarira (129) is sure to be ahead of all three come the end of this campaign.

1. JP Pietersen (137)
2. Odwa Ndungane/Bismarck du Plessis (131)
4. Beast Mtawarira (129)
5. John Smit (125)
6. Stefan Terblanche (122)
7. Jannie du Plessis (119)
8. Keegan Daniel (117)
9. Jacques Botes (114)
10. Ryan Kankowski (103)
11. Lwazi Mvovo (101)

Also, big congratulations to likeable prop Lourens Adriaanse, who earns his 50th Super Rugby cap for the Sharks (and his 80th overall). Well done to both of you gentlemen.


  • Well done Odwa.

    By the way, is Jacques Botes still involved with the Sharks? Thought I remember him taking up a position with the union.

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.03.17 12:51:30 by Farlington Reply
  • @Farlington (Comment 1) : yeah, he’s left now.

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.03.17 13:07:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Farlington (Comment 1) : JB was brought int to head junior recruitment and player contracting, both jobs he was wholly unqualified to do. Lovely guy, but Smit did him no favours.

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.03.17 13:09:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Aahh Ok. so that is why I have not heard his name mentioned for awhile. To me he was always a but of an unsung hero.

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.03.17 13:27:46 by Farlington Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Who has fat boy slim not stuck out?

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.03.17 14:39:08 by benji Reply
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  • Odwa was part a golden player from the golden era of Sharks rugby, but really,bring out the walker and oxygen tank now,what is this obsession with playing old men, WAY past it at the Sharks

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.03.17 14:49:05 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 6) : Sadly my sentiments as well,BUT…….. every time Oddie has been written off he somehow pulls it back.

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.03.17 14:52:42 by The hound Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.03.17 15:04:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 7) : I agree and I can carry on for a long time on how good he WAS but sadly time moves on

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.03.17 16:46:55 by benji Reply
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  • Congrats to Odwa and Lourens! Hope you can celebrate it with a big victory!!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.03.17 18:33:52 by JD Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 7) : @benji (Comment 9) : Sharks should have picked Odwa at 14 then it could have been a battle of the oldies!?

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.03.17 18:37:23 by JD Reply
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  • as much as I love odwa I too was eager to see him pass the torch. he has played well when on the field for the most part though, the only game I can remember where he disappointed me was the game in durbs last year against the jagaures when he was out sprinted. but then again maybe experience is vital as lots of our backline players are inexperience.

    the weather report indicates rain tomorrow in durban guys, thats not cool, im hoping for 5 log points, hopefully the conditions are conducive.

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.03.17 20:07:00 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 12) : think if it rains Odwa will show he’s true class! His experience will help Bosch a lot!

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.03.17 23:03:21 by JD Reply
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  • Well blue skies on the East Coast this morning…hope it stays like this!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.03.17 06:59:01 by pastorshark Reply
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  • All I can say is if the sharks had a hall of fame, this man has booked his place in it.

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.03.17 08:02:44 by coolfusion Reply

  • @pastorshark (Comment 14) : glad to hear! Enjoy the day!

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.03.17 08:10:57 by JD Reply
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  • Weather is turning wind has come up

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.03.17 12:28:00 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 17) : hope it hold till after the game!

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.03.17 12:56:47 by JD Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 15) : Agreed a true SA Rugby and Sharks Hall of famer. giys a legend and incredibly in shape from what we saw when we were at games last year

    I didnt get to watch all of the brumbies game, only last night did I watch the first half, wow we really did pass the ball around at the start and even though brumbies scored first we stuck too it, nice steals from am on the deck.

    looking forward to todays game, eager to see ben go and more of the younger guys play, dan off the bench, april get some game time. the new hooker show his stuff, schoeman show that his as good as his much hyped brother, and meyer put in a good shift. ettas off the bench to make a impact and stay calm even if there niggle.

    I hope to see us trust in the squad this year as opposed to just key player, much like the nz teams are doing, although if the coach isnt confident in a player

    glad to see tera play so well this season, when he limped toward me at boland park last year he seemed gutted, I was really feeling for the guys.

    I would like cr to pass the ball from the deck faster keep the game moving at times

    the lions game should be fun too

    thus far I havnt gotten one wrong on superbru for this week

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.03.17 16:44:05 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 19) : Ja I like this Am kid what a hard worker. Definetely one to watch.

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.03.17 19:14:53 by coolfusion Reply


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