Rainbow Cup

TV rugby pundits' plea: More power to the TMO!

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Robbie Kempson. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)
Robbie Kempson. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

Assertive, clear-cut views on a contentious topic are a major passport to good sports punditry/analysis ... so preferable to a hedge-your-bets sort of style.

That in mind, you could not fault SuperSport rugby studio guests Swys de Bruin (something of a perennial on the show) and Robbie Kempson for their thoughts on the “captain’s challenge” in the Rainbow Cup SA when grilled by anchor Owen Nkumane on The Final Whistle programme.

It was a well-warranted talking point because the experimental rights of the skippers - Steven Kitshoff and Duane Vermeulen - to make such challenges, with the help of TV replays, provided a prominent but sometimes laborious element of the tense Stormers v Bulls clash at Cape Town Stadium.

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