Category Archives: Rugby

Mark Lawrence – The Optometrist Referee with both eyes focused on the Currie Cup Final 2011

Cheetahs and the Sharks played at the Freestate Stadium in Bloemfontein South Africa on 31 July 2010 (2)

Seldom have the eyes of the rugby public been more focused on referees than in 2011. There has been much controversy about refereeing decisions during the Rugby World Cup 2011. Perhaps this is why the final of our premier rugby competition – the Currie Cup – will be officiated by an optometrist with lots of

Special Family moments in Sport captured through the lens of the Camera

Springboks vs Australia,Loftus Versveld,Pretoria, South Africa,28 August 2010

Many times in Sports brothers or sisters are competing against each other or are even playing for the same team. Sometimes even children and their parents are sharing some special moments in sport. These moments always present the opportunity for some breathtakingly beautiful photos, and for the sports photographer, it is a challenge to capture

The decisive moment in Sports Photography


In sports photography there is a moment that captures the atmosphere and time in a split second that no human eye can see. That moment is often called the key moment or the decisive moment as famous sport photographer Walter Iooss calls it. It is normally a split second before the actual action of a

Rugby World Cup Final Referee Craig Joubert through the lens!


SA Referee Craig Joubert has been rewarded for his consistency and good refereeing during the Rugby World Cup by being chosen to referee the 2011 Rugby World Cup final between New Zealand and France in Auckland on Sunday. Joubert is following in the footsteps of another South African referee, André Watson, who handled the finals

ABSA Currie Cup Player of Month of September Johan Goosen through the lens


Toyota Free State Cheetahs flyhalf Johan Goosen received the Absa Currie Cup Player of the Month award for September. Johan Goosen, the South African Under-20 flyhalf at the IRB’s Junior World Championships in Italy earlier this year, received the majority of the votes for his stand-out performances during the third month of the Absa Currie

True Rugby Supporters will always treasure the Haka!

SA vs All Blacks           Photo: Denese Lups

The Maori haka performed by the All Blacks, has become famous around the world, though few realise it’s origin or meaning. History of the Haka Te Rauparaha, the warrior chief of Ngati Toarangatira, originally from Kawhia, had visited Tuwharetoa to solicit aid against the Waikato and Ngati Maniapoto tribes. That aid was refused him because

Be at the right place at the right time

Graham Henry during the Tri Nations Test match between South Africa and New Zealand in Port Elizabeth on 20 Aug 2011.

In the mid 90′s I had the privilege  to have met Hoffie Hofmeister, head photographer for the Rapport (Sunday newspaper in SA) at the time. What always amazes me about Hoffie was that how he always manage to be at the right place at the right moment while taking sport pictures. If one opens the Rapport

Rugby through the eyes and lens of the female sports photographer

Denese Lups at Tri Nations in Port Elizabeth

What is it like to be a female sports photographer? In this male dominated environment it is rather strange to find a blonde lady capturing the action on the rugby and football pitch. During the past year many rugby fans on Rugby15 have enjoyed the photos captured by Denese Lups and we decided to chat

Camera settings for shooting Rugby

How to take rugby photos

Covering a Rugby match during the day in direct sunlight require some specific settings on your camera. Yesterday I covered the Griquas vs Western Province match in Kimberley on a lovely sunny day and want to share my setup that I used. Firstly I used two cameras namely a Nikon D3 and a Nikon D700. On

Photos reveal in Bloemfontein lots of justice is to be found on the rugby pitch!!

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Justice is blind we hear…or is it? This was the question as the referee Dr Brand Claasen was assisted onto the rugby pitch in Bloemfontein. The event was a rugby match between lawyers – advocates on the one side and attorneys on the other. In a match played hard, physical but also with lots of