Sharks winger Odwa Ndungane is finally emulating his twin brother Akona in the Vodacom Super 14.
Odwa has been the most improved Sharks player this season, after injury and poor form hampered his progress last year. He was criticised for leaving the Bulls for the Sharks at the end of 2004, especially when Akona joined the Bulls from Border and scored seven tries in 11 Vodacom Super 12 matches.
However, Odwa has impressed for the Sharks over the last two weeks and is keen to make a big impression this season.
“This year is about new beginnings for me,” he told Mercury writer Mike Greenaway. “I put the bad times behind me and I got lot of inspiration from David Campese (the Sharks’ skills coach). He taught me a number of little things about wing play that picked up my confidence.
“On tour I have been very fortunate to have Tony Brown as my roommate. What a great guy. He sat with me for hours talking about the game and making suggestions.”
Sharks coach Dick Muir said Odwa deserved his success, and paid tribute to the important role played by Brown.
â€œHe worked really hard on his game during the off-season. Itâ€™s now paying off and all credit to him,â€ he said. â€œThe balance of the side is good. The 19-year olds donâ€™t feel vulnerable with the experience around them.
“The most important thing at the death [against the Highlanders] was to turn their forwards and see what they would do. The pressure Tony placed on them with his high kicks was brilliant. All credit to him.â€