Sharks veteran Ndungane not slowing down

Date published: March 2 2016

Seasoned Sharks campaigner Odwa Ndungane is happy with how coach Robert du Preez has kicked off the team's Super Rugby season.

The Eastern Cape-born Springbok crossed the whitewash on two occasions in the opening round thrashing of the Kings in Port Elizabeth.

"I don’t remember when last I scored two tries, and I don’t know if that ever happened in the first game of the tournament, so I’m definitely excited about being a wing," Ndungane told the Sharks website.

"I’m looking to contribute more towards the team’s success.

"We have an exciting year ahead and what makes it extra special is the fact that we have so many exciting youngsters in the squad."

The Sharks had two pre-season matches while on tour in France against Top 14 sides, Toulouse and Toulon.

"No player will ever admit to having fun during the pre-season building phase; this is the toughest time of the year, when hard work builds the foundations for the season ahead," Ndungane revealed.

"We’ve had quite a tough pre-season and then went away to France and played two hard warm-up games there, so it was good to get our season started, and successfully at that.

"I think we showed a few highlights of what we’ve been working on; obviously it wasn’t our best performance but we still managed to put some nice phases together.

"There is still lots to work on, but there’s a bright future ahead."

Having racked up well over 100 Super Rugby caps for the Sharks, Ndungane is also the most experienced player in Du Preez's squad. This however does not mean that he is slowing down by any measure.

"The secret to my longevity, is that first and foremost, for me, it’s a huge blessing. I don’t think I’ve done anything different, I’m just blessed to remain fit and healthy," he said.

"We do have a good management and medical team and they’ll probably tell you that more than any other player, my body needs a good rub and extra physio!

"But it does come down to hard work and I’m personally in a good space right now."