Have you ever stopped to think what a head coach is going through on the sidelines?
The RugbyTown7s tournament over this last weekend provided some fantastic rugby sevens on the pitch. A number of the matches stood out for their quality, intensity and also for their closeness. On more than one occasion a winning score was made during the last play of the game, well after the final hooter had sounded.
Though I was at the tournament to shoot images for the British Army my accreditation allowed me pitch side for some of the other matches. One of these was the Pool A match between Canada Maple Leafs and USA Collegiate All-Americans. It turned out to be a humdinger of a match with the All-Americans producing a controlled passage of play to score the winning try well after full time had expired. During all this time my camera was on their Head Coach, Steve Lewis, rather than the on field action. The images below are all from that one sequence of play.
Who'd be a coach?
The time between the first image and the penultimate image is one minute thirty eight seconds. A huge time in rugby. In this time possession changed twice, the All-Americans went from attack to defence and back to attack. A single unforced error by any of the players would have ended the game and the result would have been different. Every second was felt by Head Coach Lewis and his coaching team in the technical area. My personal thanks go to Steve Lewis who I met up with after the match and later in the tournament. Great to chat to the man I had just photographed but I keep coming back to the question. Who'd be a coach.
All images taken with a Canon 5DSr and EF200mm f2.0 wide open. Click on any image to see a larger version.