Rugby on TV: Quirky French camera angles can irritate

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Lood de Jager (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images )
Lood de Jager (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images )

Gallic flair … it’s a bit of a cliché, but I sometimes wonder whether French television cameramen/producers take that renowned ethic a little too close to extremes in their own work on major rugby matches.

Watching the European Champions Cup quarter-final between Racing 92 and the South African-laden Sale Sharks in Paris last weekend, which had abundant pleasing passages, I found the array of novel angles leaning more to the side of unsettling than enhancing … am I alone in this view?

There was a lot of zany, flamboyant zooming in and out, which was a bit more bearable and passable as “art”, I suppose, whenever live play wasn’t affected.

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