Sanele Nohamba moving and shaking!

By Maxwell Levine

“Born in Alice in the Eastern Cape and matriculated at DBH, is developing as one of the best scrumhalves in South Africa.”

Who would forget the match winning try from Sanele Nohamba for the Sharks in their Vodacom Super rugby clash against the Bulls, pure magical. A well worked try off the last move of the game from highly promising young scrumhalf Nohamba made sure of a 23-15 win for the Sharks in their opening Super Rugby clash. He introduced himself big time to the South African rugby public.

Sanele Nohamba, 21, made his debut in Super Rugby earlier this year. Born in Alice in the Eastern Cape and matriculated from Durban Boys High, is fast becoming one of the best scrumhalves in South Africa and is knocking on the doors of the Springbok selectors.

Nohamba is certainly on the rise, as with his performances in the Springbok Showdown at Newlands, where his performances again caught the eye. It was a scrappy affair, where the Green team won 25-9 against the Gold team.

On a day where very few would significantly enhance their reputations, Sharks scrumhalf Sanele Nohamba was one of those players who did. With Elton Jantjies as his flyhalf for the Green team, Nohamba showed maturity to accompany his ability.

He was energetic throughout, cleaning up the breakdowns with speed and intent that was almost frantic at times. That youthful spring might have been expected, but perhaps more pleasing was the accuracy and execution of his kicking game.

“He was really good,” Springbok captain Siya Kolisi said.  “He’s got lots of energy and one thing like about him is that he’s not scared to chat and take control. I said to him before we went on. I don’t want to hear you go quiet now when it matters the most.”

Nohamba’s role was made relatively easy with the guidance of his half-back partner in the experience of Elton Jantjies.

“He was confident, he enjoyed himself, he let the ball go quickly. It would be nice to see what would have happened if we got to the 22 more often, because I think he gives the ball nicely to the forwards off the breakdown. I am sure we’ll see more of him in the Currie Cup where he’ll be one of the leaders in the Sharks. I’m looking forward to seeing him and all the younger guys”, concluded Kolisi.

Sanele’s journey to stardom is a remarkable one. He left the Eastern Cape for Kwa Zulu Natal where he went to DBH. He excelled at school rugby level where in 2017 he was the Craven Week Player of the Tournament. The first player from DBH and KZN to achieve that accolade. He was selected for both the SA Schools and the SA 7s. He also played for the Junior Boks in the World Rugby U/20.

Nohamba has made the no 9 jersey his own at the Sharks, elevating regular scrumhalf Louis Schreuder to move elsewhere. A couple of years ago, South Africa was scrapping the barrel for great scrumhalves, now we have Herschel Jantjies, Faf De Klerk, Cobus Reinach and Sanele Nohamba.

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