Spark always said that New Zealand vs South Africa would be the toughest test of its streaming service - given the other pool competition is soft, the quarter-final will probably be a cruise for the ABs too, and the semis and final will be live on TVNZ.

It failed that test - and that's going to have huge, possibly mortal, impact on its chances of landing season-long competitions from NZ Rugby and Sanzaar or other major codes.

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