Rugby Across the Pond – Scott’s Take on US Naval Academy v Royal Navy

It was certainly a first for Alligin Photography, covering two sporting events either side of the Atlantic.  Whilst three photographers were producing some images for the Army Rugby Union at Aldershot, Scott Taetsch, an awarding winning photographer, from Washington was shooting the opening match of the Royal Navy's tour to the USA, played at the US Naval Academy.  He will also be at their final game against US Marine Corps.

An experienced sports photographer, this was Scott's first foray in to rugby union and he had an open brief as to the style of images to create.  In this post we have reproduced a selection of images which give a feel of the match and it's location rather than just a gallery of the action.  As expected Scott has produced a great insight into the match with some thought provoking images, great in-match detail and of course some excellent action shots.

On the pitch the Royal Navy proved too strong for the US Naval Academy and ran out comfortable winners 64 - 0.  Click on an image for a larger version.

Sunny Day @ Annapolis

Some great use of light for both silhouette and also bringing out detail when the sun begins to lower and produce a real warmth to the light.

The Scars of Battle

Two of the Navy players (Dave Fairbrother and Nathan Huntley) spilt some claret, keeping the medical team on their toes.

Match Action

A Shared Bond

[Opening Image] The two teams were united by their Naval heritage but also by the strong bonds and mutual respect always shown in Rugby Union.  At the end of the match the Royal Navy team come together clearly happier to have a win under their belts from the first match.

All images are by © Scott Taetsch on behalf of Alligin Photography.  Contact Alligin Photography for usage terms and rates.

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