Saturday 16 December 2017

Namibia seek first win but Georgia riding high

Mamuka Gorgodze
Mamuka Gorgodze

Two World Cup supermen will hurtle into seismic collision as Namibia and Georgia take their last tournament turn - both battered, but unbowed and fiercely proud.

Titans, captains and statesmen Jacques Burger and Mamuka Gorgodze will lock horns in an enthralling back-row battle at Exeter's Sandy Park tonight.

Neither global superstar will grace the World Cup's knock-out stages - but rather than wallow in self-pity, both men will put their bodies on the line for national service once more.

Namibia are still hunting their first-ever World Cup win, and facing Georgia will represent their 19th tilt for that elusive tournament victory.

"I've had to do a lot of interviews after losing but never once was I ashamed to be called Namibian," captain Burger tweeted ahead of the Georgia clash.

Saracens flanker Burger has had as many as six operations on just one knee, and countless other patch-up jobs on the rest of a racked body.

The 32-year-old still numbers among the world's most combative back-row forwards however, and has clearly lost none of his gritty edge.

Toulon loose-forward Gorgodze has once again proved Georgia's inspirational leader at this World Cup, Milton Haig's side's sole victory coming in an impressive 17-10 triumph over Tonga.

Gorgodze was named man of the match despite losing out 43-10 to New Zealand.

Haig called on his players to show heart and courage against the All Blacks, and will repeat the demand one more time. "I was a proud coach then, and I know my players can make me proud again," Haig said.

namibia v georgia, today, live tv3 (KO 8.0)

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