Zingisa Ndungane ‘undecided’ about Final



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There will be a big Ndungane ‘family reunion’ in Durban on Saturday, but they are certain to be split in two camps as the Super 14 Final battle lines are drawn.


We are not just talking of identical twins Akona (Bulls) and Odwa (Sharks) Ndungane’s historical showdown – the first time ever that twins will be in opposing squads in a Super rugby Final.

The rest of the Ndungane clan will also have divided loyalties when the Sharks host the Bulls in the first ever all-South African Super rugby Final.

While Odwa has not been part of the matchday 22 in recent weeks, mainly as a result of coach Dick Muir’s five-forwards-two-backs bench split, he has had an outstanding season and remains part of the Sharks’ squad. He may well still feature in the Final.

Akona, the Bulls’ flyer, has revealed that a number of the Ndungane clan members will be at the game in Durban ready to cheer on “both” teams.

However, most of them – including dad Zingisa Ndungane – are still undecided about which colour to wear to the game …. black or blue.

“It’s a great occasion for my brother, myself and our family,” Akona said about the Final.

“But it is a bit tough for them to decide who to support. I’m sure half of them will support the Sharks and half the Bulls … maybe my father will support the Sharks and my mom the Bulls,” he said – adding that not only will their parents be at the game, but also their brothers, along with their uncle and aunt.

“I spoke to my dad and he said he still doesn’t know who to support. But he said that either way, a Ndungane will win the Super 14 title.”

The 26-year-old Bulls wing said playing in the Final is “a dream come true” and a huge privilege.

“We [the Bulls] have been in two semi-finals and now we have a shot at winning the title. I’m really looking forward to the match and I’m going to give it my best shot to try and help the Bulls win this tournament.”

Akona Ndungane admitted that beating the Sharks in their own back yard, Durban, will require a special effort.

“They are such a well-rounded team, you simply can’t single out individuals. They have this powerful pack of forwards and some really classy backs.

“We all know what is required of us at the weekend and we know it’s going to take a monumental effort. When we played them in Durban [in Round One in February] we didn’t play very well and they beat us easily.

“Yes, it is going to be just as tough this time round as well, but all we have to do is focus on our own game like we have for the last month and we can pull it off,” he added.

Akona Ndungane also said the Bulls are “hitting form” at the right time in the season – having won their last five matches on the trot after a slow start in which they lost two of their first three matches.

By Jan de Koning 365 Digital

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