Capostagno in the 'cupboard'?

2012-03-23 11:41

Cape Town - I’ve had a couple of inquiries recently about why versatile, long-time SuperSport commentator Andy Capostagno hasn’t featured much - if at all? - behind the mike in the early parts of the 2012 Super Rugby season.

They have been from people obviously partial to Capostagno, British-born but for many years part of the South African furniture on rugby and, usually to a lesser extent, cricket.

The matter hadn’t especially crossed my mind but they are probably right: I don’t recall hearing his voice in the first four weeks or so of the competition.

At the time of writing I had not received the requested commentary list from SuperSport for this week’s busy round, featuring all five South African teams although two of them are abroad and two play each other.

Of course Murphy’s Law will probably dictate now that Capostagno reappears on Saturday ... but perhaps don’t count on it.

My understanding is that he has not been officially sidelined; it may simply be a case of SuperSport bosses having their “flavours of the month” and Capostagno currently not being among those given priority treatment on the roster.

There’s still heaps of rugby on the itinerary for the year so I imagine he will surface again more prominently at some stage.

Personally, I have always found him a calm, diligent and assuring presence behind the rugby mike, with a genuine passion for and fascination with the culture of South African rugby coming to the fore.

He has his critics ... but so do all commentators.

What do our readers feel about “Andy Cap”?

Rob’s Awesome Foursome

1. New Zealand v South Africa, 3rd cricket Test
Wellington, ongoing to Tuesday 23:30, SS2 & SH2

The Proteas have been refreshingly slick, professional and remorseless for the lion’s share of this tour, across the three codes. So they are sure to appreciate the pressure that accompanies them into the final Test, despite the comfort of a 1-0 series lead and the prospect of some inclement weather about. After all, the cruel truth is that if the relatively lowly Black Caps do somehow strike back and make it 1-1 at the Basin Reserve, South Africa’s more unforgiving critics (and maybe even a few forgiving ones!) will be tempted to brand the whole mission a failure and dismiss the various gains made. I, for one, don’t see the apocalypse happening even if there’s a nervous flutter or two along the way ...  

2. Lions v Stormers, Super Rugby
Johannesburg, Saturday 19:10, M-Net, SS1 & SHD

Ouch ... you can appreciate Lions coach John Mitchell’s angst over injuries when you run through their starting XV to take on the Stormers in the only SA derby of the weekend. On paper this really ought to translate into a comfortable win for the unbeaten conference leaders from the Cape – the loose trio is probably the only area on the park where the Lions are relatively unaffected combo-wise by the casualty list. Messrs Strauss, Minnie and Whiteley are clearly going to have to work their socks off as a result if the hosts are to be in the running for a win here. Still, derby spirit can be a surprising leveller! But my strong fancy remains the Stormers making it four out of four. 

3. Sevens World Series rugby
Hong Kong, to Sunday (various starts), SS6, some CSN, SS1 Sunday only

I know there are plenty of attractive Super Rugby contests this weekend – including four games involving South African sides on Saturday – but Hong Kong remains arguably the blue-chip event on the Sevens circuit and always makes for great television with its pulsating stadium vibe and the backdrop of skyscrapers. Plus the Blitzbokke have never managed to win this tourney; it’s time to put that right. Mind you, being lumped in the same group as New Zealand makes that a tough proposition! Some key telly times for you: SA v Wales (Friday, 14:08), SA v USA (Saturday, 04:58), SA v NZ (Saturday, 13:08), Cup final (Sunday, 13:00).  

4. F1 Malaysian Grand Prix motorsport
Sepang, Sunday 10:00, SS2, SH2 & Maximo

Have your Sunday lie-in ... then get the coffee on quick, in time for the agreeable 10:00 start in our terms to the Malaysian GP, the second of the season. It is the 14th time this race, one marked by its stamina-testing humidity even if it isn’t actually raining, is held. The McLarens of Britons Messrs Button and Hamilton got off to a dream, one-two start at Melbourne to open the season, although the defending champion at this circuit is Red Bull’s overall title-holder Sebastian Vettel, who won the 2011 race from pole position. Button will doubtless aim to fare better than his fourth here last time out ...


  • Saffa - 2012-03-23 11:46

    He drives me f@rking insane......honestly. ESPECIALLY when the Sharks are playing......dear commentating Gods, if I have to hear another, "Pat Lambie Pat Lambie Pat Lambie Pat Lambie - drool, simper, drool, simper EVER AGAIN, it will be too soon.

      Jan - 2012-03-23 13:54

      That is so true!

      marcus.daily3 - 2012-03-23 17:52

      Don't forget his undying passion for Ryan Kankowski! You should here him drool when Kanko is in open space!

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-24 12:23

      He might like Lambie, but as least he hasn't tattooed blue rings around his tool like Bobby, is as nasal as Joel, or as doff as Brosnihan.

  • Ronnie - 2012-03-23 12:15

    Andy Who!! Who`s is missing Andy only you Rob.For that matter they can give Joel Stransky and Andy Cap a red card for the rest of the season.

      Rene - 2012-03-23 12:31

      @Ronnie, exactly - Joel is absolutely painful - I rather listen to Xhosa!!

  • david.s.lewisohn - 2012-03-23 12:23

    Andy is an educated rugby brain and I miss his commentary. He's inciteful and astute and mostly refreshing. Come back Andy.

      Terry - 2012-03-24 08:33

      I agree 100% - instead we have to put up with a bunch of ex-blue bulls like Warren Brosnihan - who'se uneducated drivel is an embarressment to my former school - like his classic HMS Bismark comment!

  • keith.gough - 2012-03-23 12:41

    better the Cappy you know than than the semi literate you don't know.

  • Lynne - 2012-03-23 12:42

    He is possibly the worst commentator in the whole world.- he makes rugby sound as exciting as a game of bowls- with respect to all the gentlemen that play bowls. I hope he never puts foot in a commentary box again. He is plain and simply BORING!!!!!

  • Koos - 2012-03-23 12:49

    Amper lees ek dat Andy na al die jare besluit het om uit die kas uit te klim ............. As jy weet wat ek bedoel.

  • Richard - 2012-03-23 12:57

    Andy Capostagno: the "Barry Ronge" of rugby.

      Jack - 2012-03-24 15:10

      love it - and so true!!!

  • Charlie - 2012-03-23 13:11

    Good commentator, good journalist and all round good guy.

  • Heiku - 2012-03-23 13:56

    I'd just like to say that I'm glad he is gone and I hope that he will never be back. It's not that I don't want him to be successful. I just really don't want to listen to him speaking.

  • Ian - 2012-03-23 14:35

    I hope they have come to their senses and benched him for good.He is the worlds worst commentator,i want to throw things at the tv when i hear him

      Inky - 2012-03-23 17:28

      Nobody could be worse than Blades !

      Terry - 2012-03-24 08:35

      @Inky - yes, that idiot Warren Brosnihan. Currently it seems that former Blue Bulls players are the flavour of the month - I am sick of listening to them.

  • sean.looney - 2012-03-23 15:01

    now if we could just get rid of hugh "i have a frog in my throat and lose my train of thought" bladen then we'd be moving up in the world.

      David - 2012-03-23 15:37

      Yeah. long overdue. 'Blah blah' Bladen should have been put out to pasture long ago -- when TV first started. He was, and still is, a radio commentator !!

      Heiku - 2012-03-23 16:29

      What you have said is true, but when we score that winning try against the ABs in the world cup final I want to hear Hugh say "UNBELIEVABLE". It will not be complete without that.

  • Deon - 2012-03-23 15:33

    ......if thats the case then there must be some underhandedness happening with bladen - cos he's always there and if you ask MY opinion he must be the worst to listen to. He tells it 'just like u see it.......' Goddam Im not blind!! Listen to the european commentary bladen and try learn about giving more pertinent commentary with insight and interest to the game, commetary about the game, and the players and matters of interest happenings On and Around the field. Hell he irk's me! Are they seriously that inefficient to not be able to find someone to take his place - he's pathetic

      Heiku - 2012-03-23 16:31

      Hey dont be so hard on him sometimes he does try to tell us the players names and surnames and sometimes even which school they attended.

  • Garth - 2012-03-24 07:11

    he is an out and out sharks supporter, when Monty played for the stormers and boks he crucified him. when he went to the sharks monty was brilliant. Sorry not a fan of his commentary.

  • Terry - 2012-03-24 08:47

    Why is the commentary box suddenly full of former Blue Bulls players - they may have been good players in their day (some of them were even great), but their commentary skills are seriously lacking, and their lack of education is embarrassing when aired to the world. Andy Cap is an educated and professional commentator.

  • Wim - 2012-03-24 09:38

    Brosnihan is the absolute pitts!

  • tony.kirby1 - 2012-03-24 14:40

    Why do some commentators like telling us the school thw player went to and that the player is the son of so and so. There was a chap who could not mention Uli Schmidt with out say "die seun van Louis Schmidt"

  • Ouklip - 2012-03-24 16:57

    I am not a fan of Andy Cap.

  • Ken - 2012-03-25 00:06

    Andy Cap, Joel Stransky, Arnold Geedts and Mathew Pierce should all be put to rest!! What a bunch off wankers, they are all coupled on the tote!!

  • Gail - 2012-03-25 06:19

    Hugh Bladen and most of our commentators are really, bad, boring and not very informative about tactics while commentating. They always state the obvious or otherwise discuss which school the players come from. Come on we would like a clean sweep.

  • Nevillefm - 2012-03-25 08:07

    Love Andy's commentaries, please bring hime back

  • Werner - 2012-03-25 11:11

    Andy Cap is not a good commentator. Agree with most people here. Now what I want ro know is why so many are complaining about the commentary boxes being full of ex-Bulls players ? Brosnihan ended his career with the Bulls, but played for the Sharks for a million seasons. Kobus Wiese, Joel Stransky, Ashwin Willemse, Bob Skinstad, Breton Paulse ... Not Bulls players !?!?

  • Butch - 2012-03-25 13:33

    agree Joel is no commentator to listen to and i jump quickly when i hear his uncalled for comments - but who beats him 6-0 is wiese on afrikaans., then i change from there as well to xhosa.

  • daniel.malan3 - 2012-03-25 14:43

    SA commentators also can't be against the ref, no matter how bad they are. That's why Aussie commentary is great to listen to, they are objective even when our teams play against theirs

      Gert - 2012-03-26 05:47

      Daniel.. i suggest you either get a new TV, glasses or a hearing aid, which ever is the cheapest...

  • Gary - 2012-03-25 14:55

    Not missing him one little bit,he is a biased commentator,go enjoy an early retirement!

  • Chris - 2012-03-26 08:11

    Hi guys.......he was not that bad and he had a touch of "glamour" on him...not as solemely as some of our traditional afrikanertjies ...but even Naas was learnt to Andy gets my vote!!

  • davidintheusa - 2012-03-26 08:48

    maybe houwing can join him

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