Eyes on the Scrum HalfSorry it's taken so long to report but a busy week with a cold has left little time for this blog. Risking repetition, it was another great weekend with much enjoyable photographing. Briefly, the two days consisted of: a rugby match on Saturdayrugby coaching on Sunday morning with future Yorkshire stars and then a quick trip north to a fantastic music venue called The Sage in Gateshead, south bank of the Tyne. There I saw two excellent guitarists, Laurence Jones (UK) and Kenny Wayne Shepherd (USA). The photo I've chosen to show you here is one from Saturday afternoon's match. It's a scrum. Now, if you happen to be reading from somewhere such as the USA and you don't know rugby, how do I explain a scrum? Well, if you know US football, it's a distant cousin of the line of scrimmage I would guess. Except, the players involved are actually pushing each other when the ball is fed in from the side. How is it decided which team gets to feed? That's a story for another day. Anyway, more often than not, the ball is kicked back by the hooker (stop it) of the team that fed in. That's what happened in this particular case. The man with the ball is the scrum half (bit like the quarter back) ready to pass (backwards only) to one of his team mates.

Trouble for him (and you can see it even if you don't understand the game) is that two opposing players have spotted that he's isolated. The one to the right foreground of the shot is focused and ready to pounce. It's like a scene from a wildlife programme. Quite brutal.

Sacking?

A split second later and the scrum half is enveloped, most likely losing possession for his team and possibly getting a bit hurt (pride & body). As the caption says, using American parlance, it was akin to a sacking. As mentioned before, rugby's not only about fast wingers and running tries. There's much more to it, and that's why we love it.

Thursday evening now and not long to wait before another weekend. Have a good one!