Bothma suspended

LONDON: Namibia No 8 Renaldo Bothma was suspended for two weeks after admitting on Friday to making a dangerous tackle in the 17-16 loss to Georgia at the Rugby World Cup. That means he will be withdrawn from the reserves for his team’s last Pool C match against Argentina in Leicester on Sunday. Bothma received a yellow card for tackling fly half Lasha Malaguradze around the neck and then yanking him down in the build-up to Georgia’s first try of the match in Exeter on Wednesday. Following a hearing, he was suspended by judicial officer Alan Hudson of Canada. With respect to the sanction, Hudson deemed the tackle merited a low-end sanction of two weeks, and added one week to deter dangerous play. Then he took into account Bothma’s conduct, remorse, character and clear disciplinary record.