Bothma embraces Gorgodze battle

Date published: October 7 2015

Namibia loose forward Renaldo Bothma is excited by the prospect of competing with Georgia captain Mamuka Gorgodze when the two teams clash in a Pool C fixture at Sandy Park on Wednesday.

Namibia are the only team in Pool C who have failed to record a victory during this tournament, which is incentive enough to perform on Wednesday.

However, for Bothma it extends beyond just winning. The physical contest that Georgia are likely present is also appealing.

"It's always nice to prove yourself against top players, so I'm looking forward to playing against him," Bothma said of Gorgodze.

"He's a good work-rate player and loves the physical stuff. I'll be looking out for him as a ball-carrier and a tackler, but he's also just a good player. It's going to be a good match-up. I'm always up for a physical battle so I'm looking forward to it," added the Sharks loosie.

Namibia haven't yet picked up a point during their Pool C campaign. However, Bothma thinks there has been evidence that the team has grown as the tournament has progressed. He suspects there will be more evidence of that in Exeter on Wednesday.

"It's important to keep building on the momentum we've got from New Zealand and Tonga," added Bothma. 

"We've played some good rugby but sometimes we've just lacked a bit of energy. Tonga scored a couple of easy tries against us and that cost us the game.

"This is the best Namibian side that's performed in the World Cup. We're not just here to play rugby, we're here to compete. We're doing well at the moment but it's just frustrating not to get that first win."