Contrary to unsubstantiated rumors floating around that Stick has been spotted in Soi Cowboy helping the economy out of its slump, he was briefly in New Zealand on business.. and he's been kind enough to send in some images he took at a rugby game he attended.

I'll probably never understand rugby, but I do understand exfil data, camera serial numbers, and dates.  Unless Stick loaned his uber expensive camera gear to a friend, which isn't damn likely, it would be him who was in New Zealand taking these images.

Thanks for the great images Stick, I don't understand rugby but it sure looks like fun!

 

Night in Auckland, Stickman


The women of New Zealand aren't the first thing you hear about from visitors to that fair land, but you don't have to look too hard at big rugby matches to find plenty of hotties.  And yeah, not only were they hot, there was one Thai bird amongst them, bouncing around and jiggling it with the best of them!

 

Night in Auckland, Stickman


North Harbour stadium was home to the first match of the 2010 Super 14 rugby season, arguably the best rugby tournament in the world, and certainly that featuring the very best players.  The match kicked off at 7:30 PM when it was still quite light but by the end, around 9:15 PM, the skies were dark.

 

Night in Auckland, Stickman

Being the opening match of the season there's always something interesting going on and the match ball was delivered by helicopter.  I joked to my friends I attended the match with that that was the entire NZ airforce and they weren't impressed!  Thank goodness the country is so isolated otherwise it could be an easy target for a nefarious bunch to invade!

 

Night in Auckland, Stickman

This was a home match for the Auckland side, often referred to as the Blues!

 

Night in Auckland, Stickman

More of the helicopter delivering the ball.  What is interesting is that this happened just before kick off and while the seats in the background look empty, the match was in fact a sell out!

 

Night in Auckland, Stickman

Just before half-time and it's getting a little darker.

 

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Ah, there's a good Kiwi bird for you!  Wow, what a hotty!

 

Night in Auckland, Stickman

For the uninitiated, this is called a "lineout".  The ball is thrown in from the sideline and the tallest players from each team leap to try and gain possession of the ball for their team.

 

Night in Auckland, Stickman

And so is this.  All of these photos were taken with just one small lens.  Shots like this would have been much better had they been taken with a telephoto.  200 mm would have been good, or Steve's 300 2.8L would have been perrrrfect!  Steve mate, can I borrow your fast telephoto?!

 

Night in Auckland, Stickman

Rugby is a game for barbarians played by gentlemen and the matches are always a pleasure to watch.  There's none of the sort of crowd trouble you get in that game with round ball, a game for gentlemen played by barbarians!

Sadly the good guys didn't win and this fan with the Blues flag may have gone home sad....

Still a fun night was had by all.