A nice day for watching

It was a fine day, so I took a trip down to Heywood Road to watch Sale FC take on Preston Grasshoppers.

Sale have secured second place in the league and needed 9 points from their last two games (i.e. two wins and a try bonus) to guarantee home advantage in the play-offs for promotion.

For most of the first half, this was a pretty even game, with Sale leading 19-14 (3 tries to 2) after about 38 minutes. They then scored the bonus-point try on the stroke of half-time and then the second half turned into something of a rout as Preston tired and Sale ran in five more tries for a final score of 59-14.

This was also a rare outing for the creaky old 70-300 zoom lens on the Nikon D800. I’ve said before that I’m not a great fan of zooms, but they do have their uses (as here) and one of the advantages of the D800 is that I can whack the ISO up to 800 (for the fast shutter speed) without losing any image quality. Modern (or even four-year old) cameras are really quite astonishing.