Cape Town - SuperSport’s
own rugby revamp will take place this week with long-standing Boots and All
making way for two-part TMO and Phaka, a show dedicated to celebrating black
rugby, making its bow.
a half-hour show on Tuesday and Thursday nights (19:00, SS1), begins this week
and will kick off with a review show, followed two days later by a preview of
the weekend’s action.
and All, which ran to almost 1 000 episodes over exactly 20 years, has been
packed away in the name of progress, although the show’s stalwarts remain.
analysts like Nick Mallett, Naas Botha, Bobby Skinstad, Ashwin Willemse and
Breyton Paulse will continue to offer their insights.
Xola Ntshinga will host Tuesday’s TMO while Thursday’s
TMO will be hosted by Elma Smit, who will throw things forward to weekend
guests will continue to do duty in both shows.
and All was a wonderful programme for a long time,” explained Louwrens
Rensburg, SuperSport’s executive rugby producer.
“But the immediacy of news and
the nature of social media made us question the relevance of reviewing rugby on
a Thursday, many days after the action. We’re moving with the times and looking
for something fresh and exciting.”
of the rugby overhaul is the introduction of Phaka, a Xhosa term for “dish up”
(as in rugby).
Ntunja, the first black captain of SA Schoolboys and a prominent isiXhosa
commentator, will host the show in partnership with Makhaya Jack, one of the
patriarchs of black rugby.
debuts on Tuesday (18:00, SS1) and will also feature on SS Select (channel 210,
Tuesday 22:30) and SS4 (Wednesday, 05:00 and Thursday, 17:10).