Then, for more that two decades I did not attend another live rugby match. Until last night. And again I had fun...
Of course my camera went along. It is amazing what one can do with the high ISO capabilities of modern cameras. All the pictures below were taken at ISO 1600 - most of them with a consumer quality 100-300mm zoom at relatively small apertures from the rear of the pavilion. All were hand held, and most were taken using only the floodlights of Loftus Versfeld - the venue of the match.
Here Morné Steyn succeeds with a penalty.
The problem with the picture above, as everybody who knows anything about photography will immediately notice, is the extension of Morné's (yes, we are on first name terms now) into another player's foot. That is simply unacceptable. Here is the solution.
And then the ball is on its way!
I'm not sure what is happening in the next picture. A penalty has just been awarded. If only I could hear what Sharks captain Stefan Terblanche and referee Jonathan Kaplan are saying (and gesturing) to one another. (Click for a bigger picture.)
Another innovation since my previous encounter with the game is the addition of the Blue Bulls Babes. Is it just me or is there some irony in the picture below? (Again, click on the picture to get a larger version; look at the expresseions on the players' faces.)
Loftus is the home ground of the Bulls and most spectators seemed to be Bulls supporters. However, Sharks supporters were certainly present and overjoyed whenever the Sharks scored (and eventually won the match).
And Loftus is a beautiful place at night!
Oh yes, before I forget: The Sharks won 26-23. My matric rugby match was a draw. Nerve wrecking stuff...
I recently met Stephen Finn and decided to read his book Soliloquy. Recommended.