This Has To Be A Record For Closest Haka Dance Faceoff
Here in the U.S. we've got athletes taking a knee, or saluting, or all other manner of protesting during the playing of our National Anthem prior to sporting events. But meanwhile, over in the New Zealand Māori Rugby League, pre-game traditions are much more dramatic and compelling.
The Maori, of course, are the people who brought us the Haka dance -- the tribal ritual that has been used as a pregame intimidation tactic in ruby for teams over there from the national All-Blacks down to youth squads. Here is one of the better standoffs, where two teams literally get face to face, and a pair of players almost kiss.
That's the Tuhoe side in blue vs. the Waikato team prior to a Lummy Newton Trophy match in Wainuiomata on Saturday. The New Zealand Herald:
There are even Tuhoe fans, including children, getting involved in the haka before they go face to face with the Waikato side.
Waikato went onto win the final 12-4.
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