Coastal rugby outfit Kudus’ head coach Gawan Esterhuizen yesterday said his charges are upbeat and ready to lock horns with Grootfontein Rugby Club in tomorrow’s Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) Premier League clash in Walvis Bay.
Kudus are currently leading the log with 24 points, followed by Wanderers in second place with 23 points, and Unam in third with 19 points. Khomasdal outfit Western Suburbs are stationed fourth with 15 points.
Tomorrow’s match will be a clash of monumental importance, as Kudus would be striving to solidify their stay at the top of the table. But it will not be an easy assignment for the coastal boys as Grootfontein are also pushing to collect points to boost their chances of moving within the top four.
Speaking to New Era Sport, Esterhuizen said it is always going to be tough playing against a good team such as Grootfontein, but they, however, remain well-prepared and highly-motivated to get a good result.
“It’s going to be a tough encounter. Grootfontein is a very good team with great players, and that means we can’t afford to take them lightly, although we are on top of the log standings. We are taking all our games step by step, and that has been our strategy. We don’t have to pressure ourselves because we know what to do when we get on the field of play. I am positive that we can get the results on Saturday, and we are working together as a team to achieve that goal,” he noted.
On his part, Grootfontein captain Wikus Jacobs said it will be a match for everyone to look forward to, even though they havea few injuries and missing players for this encounter.
He, however, maintained that they will be ready for the challenge, cautioning that Kudus should take them lightly at their own peril.
“It’s going to be a tough match. We have a few guys who are called up for the national team, as well as those who are out injured. But we are up for the challenge against Kudus, we will put up a great fight,” he said.
Elsewhere tomorrow, Rehoboth Rugby Club will take on Western Suburbs in Rehoboth, while Unam will be at home against Wanderers. Trutsco United will then take to the field to confront Reho Falcon at the United sports ground.