Botha ready to face Cudmore

Date published: April 28 2015

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Toulon second-row Bakkies Botha is relishing this weekend's personal duel with Clermont hard man Jamie Cudmore in the Champions Cup final.

Botha, who is entering the final month of a glittering career, could become the first player to win both three Super Rugby and three European Cup titles.

However, the South African forward knows his Toulon team has a major job on their hands as they face Top 14 rivals Clermont at Twickenham Stadium.

"Becoming the first player to win three Super 15 and three European titles would be special but my focus is on the team, not myself," he told epcrugby.com

"We were not happy about the way we played in the semi-final against Leinster when our discipline let us down. We are an experienced group of players and we have said a few hard words to each other. We have to be better in the final and my aim is to end my career on a high.

"Jamie is an old dog of a second-row. When the likes of us retire I am not sure citing commissioners will have a job any more! It has been good to play the game in the manner we have, but it has changed since I started out. It is so much faster now and you have to be a few kilograms lighter, able to get across the field and keep the phases going. You look at the top young second-rows now and they are all athletes."

Ahead of the final, he added: "When I joined Toulon, we were battling to get in the qualifying positions for Europe and now we are looking to win the cup for the third year in a row. My enjoyment comes from what the team achieves and there is everything to play for in the final month of my career."

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