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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.


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