'Blades' in landslide poll win

2012-04-03 14:29
Hugh Bladen (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Almost 7 500 Sport24 readers polled have voted fairly overwhelmingly for veteran Hugh Bladen as their favourite South African rugby television commentator.

What’s more, the gravel-voiced ex-Transvaal flyhalf claims the crown with a significant amount of daylight between him and next best-placed candidate Bob Skinstad, the former Springbok and Stormers captain.

We posed the simple question recently: “Who is your favourite South African rugby commentator: English or Afrikaans?”

Some 21 names on SuperSport’s regular microphone roster were presented as choices, across the two languages.

At the time of writing, 7 415 readers had responded, with Bladen way out in front, hogging 34% of the vote.

It is clear that the legend of “Blades” more or less precedes him: he has been at the microphone for a period better described in decades than mere years, and is thought to be close to 70, considering that he played for Transvaal Under-20 in 1963.

There is a drop-off of some 21% to Skinstad, who pulled in 13% of support for his own contribution behind the English mike, and nobody else could get into double figures.

Earning “bronze” on the poll podium is Naas Botha (9%), more prolific for studio analysis than actual match-day commentary.

Then comes uniquely burly World Cup-winning Bok lock Kobus Wiese (top choice on the specialist Afrikaans front, it seems) with 6%, closely followed by the industrious Matthew Pearce (5%) who recently took over troubled Darren Scott’s long-time anchoring job on chat show Boots & All.

There is four percent support each for two further past Springboks, Ashwin Willemse and Joel Stransky, and three percent for Gavin Cowley and Andy Capostagno.

But an array of others earned only negligible approval.

Read more on:    super 15  |  naas botha  |  rugby


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Most Read


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Scots beat Samoa, end Japan's dream
Woodcock's career ended by injury
Major Payne as Ireland lose star centre
As it happened: Samoa 33 Scotland 36
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


Take a photographical trip down memory lane and remind yourself of how the Springboks fared in their five previous Rugby World Cup campaigns. In addition, pick your all-time Springbok Rugby World Cup Dream Team and you could win R3 000!

Latest blogs

The Springboks open their 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign against Japan. How do you see the match ending?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.