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Sunday, July 01, 2007

All Blacks Haka vs Aus - MCG 2007

In front of 79 000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the All Blacks performed one of the newer versions of the traditional All Blacks Haka. I stand to be corrected, but I think this is a slight variation of the newer Kapa O Pango.

It was brilliantly led by speedster right wing Rico Gear. The crowd, who were a large part Kiwi, cheered througout and in my opinion, this is one of the more inspirational Haka performances I've seen. Great stuff.

Waltzing Matilda straight afterwards doesn't quite compare in the psych up stakes, but hey, each to their own.




  • A day, a french player named kékétte will look this Kapa o Pango and will win against this Blacks, surely... ^^

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 01, 2007 7:47 pm  

  • dancing don't win matches

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 01, 2007 7:51 pm  

  • an other day , a friend of this french will play, and will win against aytré with the blacks of Villeneuve...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 01, 2007 7:51 pm  

  • maybe waltzing matilda was what won aus the match!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 01, 2007 10:06 pm  

  • i think the old haka was more intimidating, and they dont even walk up to their opponents anymore

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 01, 2007 10:09 pm  

  • firstly, gotta have Piri Weepu doing the Haka, he gets really into it. Secondly, waltzing matilda isn't the same, especially when you have some random guy singing it over the loudspeaker isn't as good as a spontaneous outburst of aussi pride

    By Blogger Ryan, at July 02, 2007 12:21 am  

  • The haka is boring, they need to spice it up for the 21st century. Maybe some break dancing, beat-boxing perhaps.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 02, 2007 12:15 pm  

  • the haka may be boring to you, but to millions of kiwi's especially maori's is pride and heritage, and i've seen it live, it's very intimidating and a great way for a team to start a match. im english but im playing in New Zealand at the moment, a team did their haka to me before a game and i must say the passion is huge! scary stuff, but still true it doesn't win the match!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 02, 2007 1:25 pm  

  • Yeah, I've seen it done by a lone drunk kiwi in dublin to a group of touring rugby players. It was actually quite impressive

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 02, 2007 1:55 pm  

  • PS a break dancing haka would be cool

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 02, 2007 1:57 pm  

  • just kick the darn ball

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 03, 2007 5:05 am  

  • You've lived a sheltered life then...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 03, 2007 1:01 pm  

  • we do the haka BEFORE the game, so all you people yarping on saying "dancing wont win you the game" are most probably incorrect. Which team are currently ranked as the worlds best? I believe the answer to that is new zealand. So the HAKA seems to be having a good effect on our performance (it may have nothing to do with it). But i am going to suggest that some other rugby teams should try it sometime, some of you need abit of help.

    By Anonymous elle, at July 05, 2007 7:53 pm  

  • Haka? Ha ha. Tradition they say. That'll be the traditional 2007 version then. Wales were completely right to insist on their anthem being played after the haka in the autumn test last year (and what an anthem!). What the hell gives the Pacific Island XV, sorry New Zealand, the right to psyche themselves up whilst the other team has to stand and watch? Ban the haka, or do it before both anthems.

    PS: We're having a sweep-stake at work on which round the All Blacks will choke in this time. My money's on another ignominious semi-final exit. I hope I'm wrong though - I'd love to see them go out earlier.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 07, 2007 1:10 am  

  • To all those dissing the Haka - stop sooking. The All Blacks are the biggest drawcard Rugby has and without the Haka they would be just as simple - oops - plain - oops boring as the other teams theyre playing. They add to atmosphere of the game unlike Wlatzing Matilda which just makes aussies look like a bunch of pansies - oh yaay the Wallabies won 1 game in how many years against the All Blacks

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 08, 2007 12:42 pm  

  • Is there any truth in the rumour that the NZ rugby team is only called the All Blacks because it can't be called the All New Zealanders?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 10, 2007 2:50 pm  

  • For people calling the Haka pointless and stupid you must look at it a bit differently. As EVERY1 can note they All Blacks tend to go a bit [well more then a bit ^^] mad doing it, it pumps them up to the point they are dieing to make the first tackle and it works. Most rugby players will know that usually their managers or coach will try work them into a frenzy before going onto the pitch. This is what the All Blacks do on the pitch ^^

    By Anonymous Stevo, at July 10, 2007 3:08 pm  

  • Stevo - i don't think anyone calls the haka pointless or stupid. it has a very valuable place in psyching up the mixed bag of south sea islanders who play for money under the banner of 'New Zealand'. The point is it has no place in the modern game. The fact that 'New Zealand' (if we can call them that) think they have a divine right to perform it is purely symptomatic of the unbelievable arrogance of the 'New Zealand' team, and is part of the reason why we all love to see them choke at every world cup.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 11, 2007 2:54 am  

  • I think you will find, the Kapa O Pango haka was written to accept and celebrate the diversity of cultures within the team. You'll also find there are more Maori and Caucasian New Zealanders within the team, not to mention that the Island players would also perform a haka of sorts for their nations (Fiji, Samoa, Tonga) if they had decided to play for them. The tradition has not got to do with which haka they perform but the haka itself. This tradition goes back to the very first NZ Rugby team to tour overseas in 1884. Why is it arrogant to honour your country, people and those who have gone before you? Don't forget it is a challenge, you can stand and accept it, or turn your back. Sad fact is, rugby is about money these days, so if the haka helps bring in gate takings (and the common consensus say's it does), they will never get rid of it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 11, 2007 4:22 am  

  • Hello DAC, found another outlet for your whinging I see...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 17, 2007 5:47 pm  

  • seriously, to come to an all blacks game and not see haka, would be so fucking boring, all u fucking idiots out there dont understand that it pumps both teams up, i'd be privileged to stand on the field while the all blacks perform haka, and be so psyched about the kick off. if you as a spectator dont feel the energy, then you aren't a rugby fan.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 02, 2007 2:11 am  

  • first of all the all blacks are all new zealanders. no one but a new zealander can tell the difference between a maori and an islander so just FYI most of the black guys in our team are nwe zealanders because they are maori. the ones that arn't do have island heritage but most of them were still born in New Zealand so i dont see wat the fuss is all about

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 14, 2007 3:54 am  


    arohanui! xxxxxxxxxxxxx

    By Anonymous ellieeee :), at August 16, 2007 3:38 pm  

  • kahu- we as MAORI have somthing called MANA which no other person could ever understand...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 08, 2007 9:09 am  

  • I wish the photography wasn't that bad!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 18, 2007 8:24 am  

  • i swear jerry collins never takes the haka as seriously as he should do. he just stands there and does what the ohters do just not as enthusiastic.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 16, 2007 11:59 am  

  • i like that enggiants guy haka is gay look what it did to that guy above me! id love if a team turned arround and did the ymca to the hake

    By Anonymous luke hickey, at February 08, 2008 7:29 pm  

  • I think the haka is great.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 08, 2008 11:03 pm  

  • hows the qantas in the middle of it. im an aussie, and i think its a disgrace.

    By Anonymous eoghan, at February 09, 2008 11:16 pm  

  • The Haka is a two-way street. For fans to love and respect its roots, it needs to be done with as much desire and intensity as the 80 minutes of rugby.

    The Gear brothers should lead the Haka for any game in which they play. Hosea's NZ Maori hakas (shirt off, jumping forward) are unbelievable. Piri Weepu is also great (but perhaps Haka-wise, more of a great First Violin, rather than a Conductor)

    By Anonymous Cheyanquí, at February 11, 2008 4:16 pm  

  • As for Tana Umaga..
    Love the guy as a player, can do no wrong...

    But his Kapa o Pango? He made faces like a baby throwing a temper tantrum. Perhaps if I understood the words, the facial expressions would make more sense.

    But again, it's Umaga.. I'll pardon the guy for almost anything, even the hit on BOD.

    By Anonymous Cheyanquí, at February 11, 2008 4:18 pm  

  • im an aussie and i can safely say that Waltzing Matilda is the biggest brain fart anti-climax there is after the haka.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 16, 2008 5:50 pm  

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