Ritual egg-laying: Scotland 15 – 44 Australia

Scotland win this particular line-out, but were outclassed overall by the Aussies.
I don’t know what other residents of Edinburgh think of rugby weekends, but I’ve always enjoyed the flash floods of kilts and colour down Corstophine Road and Dalry Road. I the atmosphere which surrounds rugby matches is of course more festive and friendlier than football. This is probably because the football matches in Edinburgh are usually at club level, where the rivalries art local and more acute. Rugby matches, on the other hand, are internationals, meaning the visiting fans treat the match as an excuse for a holiday. Inside the ground, home and away supporters are not segregated, and we saw Australian flags waving alongside the Saltire.

The line-outs were a particular favourite for souvenir photographs. Each throw and leap is accompanied by a rash of camera flashes which peppered the crowd. Now digital cameras have prevailed over film, everyone can take as many photos of an event as they wish. Quantity over quality.
If you want a really dynamic sports photograph, which captures the drama and exertion of the moment, you still have to rely on the professional photographer, with his ring-side view and telephoto lense. I wonder why they are all sitting in the same place?
Probably, they are focussing on a ruck, a time for everyone to catch their breath. Players pile onto the ball and each other, and try to pass it slowly out of the mess to their team-mates. Of course, no-one in the crowd can see where the ball is, or predict where it will emerge from. We just have to sit and wait politely for the white oval to emerge, and then we cheer as the pace quickens once more. Its like some kind of ritual egg-laying.

2 Replies to “Ritual egg-laying: Scotland 15 – 44 Australia”

  1. Some great schnaps! I would suggest the photographers are in the same place, by the try-line, in hope of the ‘money shot’ i.e a try being scored.
    I’ve often thought how delighted/gutted sports photographers must be at their location. What if the winning goal or try was down the other end? What if you were sat the opposite side to the head-but or sports star crying and so could not get a clear picture??

  2. Too true, too true. For every money shot, there are five or six other photos, a split second either side, where the expression not quite as tragic/comic, or the framing not quite as proportioned.
    And then, of course, fooking ‘undreds of flat stadium snaps which will be seen by precisely one person (or, in the case of this blog, three).
    The lost snaps. There’s a good story in there somewhere. Just like the guy on ITV who also commentated on the 1966 World Cup Final, but could not muster the “people on the pitch” distraction at the crucial moment.

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