Cape Town, South Africa – SuperSport, host broadcasters for New Zealand’s current tour of South Africa, have been forced to issue an apology after beginning today’s coverage of the first test from Cape Town by mistakenly airing a spoof pitch report on the condition of Jacques Kaillis’ toupee.
Viewers tuning in before start of play on day two expecting to see an examination of pitch conditions were instead confronted by a description of Kaillis’ hairpiece as “flat, straw coloured, showing early signs of wear but too unyielding to allow car keys to be pushed into its surface.”
The report, fronted by former Zimbabwe international, Pommie Mbangwa, is understood to have originally formed part of an internal tape of outtakes and comedy skits that is produced by members of SuperSport’s production staff each Christmas. An investigation has subsequently been launched into how the fake report, which was never intended for broadcast, ended up being shown to an estimated 1.2 million viewers.
“We’d like to apologise unreservedly to Jacques Kallis,” said a spokesman for Supersport, “and would like to assure him that this is the only time anyone at our organisation has ever used exaggerated air quotes when mentioning his hair.”
Play on day three of the Cape Town test is due to start tomorrow at 10:30 am local time. When asked whether their coverage would include a detailed pitch report, SuperSport would only comment, “we’ll probably just say everything looks 100% natural looking and leave it at that.”