Is it a damp squib for SL viewers?
The eagerly awaited three-Test series between world champions South Africa and British and Irish Lions which kicked off last Saturday (24 July) in Cape Town, became a sort of damp squib for many Sri Lankan rugby fans, who were determined to savour international rugby at its best. The first Test of the series was not broadcast live on the RUGBYPASS TV channel dedicated exclusively 24/7 towards the beaming of international rugby from all corners of the globe on the local cable TV supplier.
Hence, live coverage not being available on the aforesaid channel was a massive disappointment for avid rugby fans here, who had been chomping at the bit to get some live action of a series that comes every four years on the international rugby circuit. It was not immediately clear as to why the first Test of a much looked forward to series between the world champions and the touring Lions was not available live on RUGBYPASS TV, which has hitherto covered live international rugby from the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
With the first Test of an absorbing series not being screened live for viewers in Sri Lanka, it could be anybody’s guess as to whether the remaining two Tests due to be played on 31 July and 7 August, will be available on RUGBYPASS TV. The British and Irish Lions bridged a 12-3 half-time deficit for the first time in 31 years, to see off the Springboks 22-17 in a pulsating first Test played over the weekend. The last time the Lions had managed to claw back from a half-time deficit was in a Test against Australia in 1989 under Scotland flanker Finlay Calder. (JK)