The Springboks beat Tonga on Sunday and are almost certainly through to the quarter-finals, no matter what Scotland do and the numerical conspiracy theories say.
Siya Kolisi will captain the world champions against hosts France on Sunday, 15 October, at 21:00 SAST – in one of the most anticipated games of the tournament.
“The anticompetitive action is nothing short of domination in trying to prescribe to the free-to-air partner on how to use its broadcasting rights,” eMedia CEO Khalik Sherrif wrote in an open letter. “We believe the action should be strongly condemned and opposed. The 3.2-million households which have been affected by the decision should voice their dissatisfaction.”
The open letter was sent to Sports minister Zizi Kodwa, Communications minister Mondli Gungubele, Trade, industry & competition minister Ebrahim Patel and Competition Commissioner Doris Tshepe.
Now, eMedia and MultiChoice will have their own World Cup showdown – probably without anyone performing the haka – in a South African court on Tuesday, 10 October.
eMedia’s poetry didn’t work
The SABC’s agreement covers 16 of the 48 Rugby World Cup matches – including all the Springbok games. That means the judges have a few days to rule on whether the millions of South Africans without the old analogue TV signal will be able to watch the games.
If the Springboks beat France – which fanatic fans like me believe they will – then there are two more games featuring the World Champions. His comes as the hero of the 2019 final – Lukhanyo Am – was called up to replace the man he passed the ball to – Makazole Mapimpi – who scored South Africa’s first-ever try in a World Cup final.
Mapimpi’s head-on-head collision with Tonga’s scrumhalf Augustine Pulu sadly means the lightning-fast wing will play no further part. But Am, who is widely considered the best number 13 in the world – despite the obvious talents of Canaan Moodie – is now back in the squad.
Will all those millions of South Africans who rely on Openview be able to watch Am dazzle if he is selected?