Cameraman becomes online sensation following absurd URC feat
The Lions scored a pretty spectacular try on Saturday in their comeback win over Benetton in the United Rugby Championship, as they continue their climb up the league table.
No8 Francke Horn was the architect of the try, showing off his pace, strength and handling with a barnstorming run down the wing before putting winger Rabz Maxwane in for the try. Maxwane supported Horn during his carry, and was there to run in for a try at the end. Someone else who was supporting Horn was cameraman Andrea Scialpi, who managed to keep up with both players all while lugging a camera.
It is the camera angle that has gone viral this week, not only because of the quality of the try, but the way it was filmed. Scialpi tracked both players down the whole touchline, and has become a bit on an online sensation since then, with scores of people on social media marvelling over the camera work.
Take a look at the try:
Scialpi himself has since reacted on Twitter to this response he has received for filming the try. He wrote: “This happened after I filmed a try in a @URCOfficial match. Thanks to the #rugby community for being such an amazing people.”
— Andrea Scialpi (@anscia_) March 28, 2023
The Lions kept their hopes of qualifying for the URC playoffs alive with their impressive comeback victory over Benetton at Stadio Monigo. Despite trailing by 15 points with just 18 minutes remaining, the South Africans managed to secure a 32-28 win with three late tries. Emmanuel Tshituka scored two of those tries, while Maxwane added the other. This win marked the third consecutive victory for the Lions.
Benetton had appeared to be cruising towards a vital win with tries from Joaquin Riera, Marcus Watson, Siua Maile, and Henry Time-Stowers. However, the Lions’ late surge turned the game on its head and denied Benetton an important victory that could have boosted their own playoff hopes. Quan Horn had earlier scored for the Lions in the first half, and Sanele Nohamba contributed three conversions and two penalties. Jacob Umaga converted all four tries for Benetton.