Rugby's really not my game. I am a league fan for sure, but I do follow my local team, North Harbour. So two weekends ago, me and 10 000 of my closest friends went out to North Habour Stadium to see them play in the quarter finals of the national championship. We were playing the evil union from the south, Otago and were expected to win. Unfortunately we got the thrashing of our lives... it wasn't pretty to watch.
On the plus side I was playing with the action setting on my camera and came up with these nice shots. They look better if you click on them. Descriptions are underneath each photo.
This is called a scrum. Basically the two team crouch down and smash into each other trying to get the ball. That's about as much as you need to know about this more than disturbing part of rugby. North Harbour, for the record, are in the white jerseys.
This is a lineout. The two teams lineup and one of the team throws the ball between the lines for someone to catch. I liked photographing lineouts because I could catch the ball in mid air.
Lineout again. This is my favourite shot as you can see the ball quite clearly and the guys competing for it.
Here is my team making one of only three attempts at converting a try all match. He basically has to kick it through the posts (see below) and then the team gets 2 points.
Finally, here is Otago, the evil team, kicking points. Our guy is valiantly trying to stop the kick, but it is all just too late. So sad...
So now you still know nothing about Aotearoa New Zealand's national sport...
San Nakji for President!