Time for Nisbett to hang up the mic?

One of the features from the NZ vs South Africa test match a few weeks back was some shocking commentary mixups from Grant Nisbett. During that match I counted at least 4 instances where he got players mixed up or utterly wrong during his calling of the match. The best one was when he credited a run to Joe Rokocoko who wasn’t even in the squad due to a 6 month layoff recovering from surgery.

It seems that we’re in for a repeat performance this week in the New Zealand vs Australia match. So far he’s managed to confuse Kaino with Tuitivake, Ellis with Braid, and then crediting Ryan Cross with a second try when in fact it was Peter Hynes – and that’s just the list from the first half.

Is there really a place in top level rugby commentary for someone who can’t tell players apart? Or is this highlighting a requirement for the Sky TV booth to get a bigger TV to help Nisbo’s failing eyesight? Who knows. The one reprieve for this match is that there’s no Murray Mexted – that’s always a relief.

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Posted on Saturday, July 26, 2008 10:55 PM | Rugby

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  • # re: Time for Nisbett to hang up the mic?
    Commented on 7/30/2008 2:03 PM

    You'd think the numbers on their backs would also help a little getting the names right...

    But Nisbo does get players wrong more then anyone else....his mistakes are constantly highlighted by my brother sitting next to me complaining....

    just wait for the slurring of the words then we'll have all the proof we need!

  • # re: Time for Nisbett to hang up the mic?
    Commented on 7/30/2008 2:15 PM

    Thanks for your comment Chris, it's nice to know I'm not the only one thinking this way.

    The thing about other commentators who make mistakes is that they often correct them pretty quickly. Often Nisbett isn't aware he made a mistake at all, or if he does correct it, he'll do so well after the run of play.

    The slurring can't be far away ;)

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