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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

All Black tries vs Italy

The All Blacks were in commanding form against the Italians in both teams' opening game of the tournament last saturday. As good as the All Blacks are known to be, I don't think anyone expected such an impressive display against a side that can be competitive in the Six Nations.

One of the possible reasons for the 76 - 14 massacre was that when it came time for the traditional Haka, the Italians snubbed the New Zealanders by huddling instead of facing it and showing respect. This fired up the All Blacks even more.

Luke McAllister and Chris Jack have both said that they felt that it was disrespectful to not face it, although every team has their own way of doing things. Jack said they do it more for themselves then the opposition, but felt the traditional Maoris wouldn't have liked the way it was treated.

The ex-pat New Zealanders in the Italian side, Kaine Robertson and Paul Griffen, both admitted it was a mistake to not show respect the Haka .
Although Italian captain Marco Bortolami was not so sure.

"I think we showed the All Blacks too much respect," he said.

Below is a compilation of tries from that game.

Music is Yngiwe Malmsteen's 'I Am a Viking'.




  • why the music? why oh why?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 12, 2007 3:55 pm  

  • yeah its there year XD

    By Anonymous TUI, at September 12, 2007 3:56 pm  

  • Whether or not we agree on the music choice (I don't mind some 80s prog. metal myself), I think it's cool to credit the music on any of these.

    By Anonymous Cheyanquí, at September 12, 2007 4:40 pm  

  • Everybody knows italians are gay, they're just too girly to look at the All Blacks... The only sport they can win at is soccer... Gay sport, plus they're fuckin cheaters

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 12, 2007 7:00 pm  

  • nice compilation. ye itz gta b dere year this tym 20 years they've bn waitin 4 it. nd on tha music front a bit of r'n'b wud b nice fnx.

    By Anonymous ruggerman, at September 12, 2007 7:29 pm  

  • Italia couldn't even get the off. bonus against Romania... hope Scotland will pwn them !

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 12, 2007 9:51 pm  

  • any chance you can get the second try by namibia against ireland with the kick out of the air as the ball was going into touch.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 12, 2007 11:29 pm  

  • ruggerman is a prick, keep this site free from r'n'b. huge hits and angry metal does the trick all right.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 13, 2007 2:23 am  

  • Great collection there, thanks. But.. oh god no more Yngiwe! Please for the love of god no... Although I like the idea of crediting the music - fends off the half dozen or so questions asking what it is.

    A suggestion: perhaps have music particular to the country or countries featured in collections such as this? Don't know how easy that would be but I could recommend a dozen or so excellent NZ or Aussie bands to go with their teams.

    By Blogger fishboy, at September 13, 2007 5:42 am  

  • Why are you guys talking about shit like RnB, this isnt a chatroom, your suppose to leave comment on the video! Anyway, coming from a South African, i think the all blacks is the team 2 beat this year, defnitely think our boks have a good chance but if will be very tough to beat nz with suck skill in their attack.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 13, 2007 1:05 pm  

  • That's some nice footwork from Jerry Collins. Not many flankers can do that, I'll wager.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 14, 2007 4:21 am  

  • i think the teams that have the best chances are NZ RSA and AUS the three tri nations i think NZ are obviously going to be the team to beat as that other guy said but RSA and AUS still have a good chance of beating them

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 14, 2007 10:38 am  

  • Italians are not gay and they're not too girly to look at the AB...they still have to learn a lot of things about rugby and the behaviours that ruggers should have;anyway New Zealand will win the World Cup and I will support the All Blacks even if it has been quite shocking for an Italian to watch such a show of strength by the AB

    By Anonymous Francesco, at September 14, 2007 11:27 am  

  • Italians can play only soccer and you can play rugby, but you'll never be a rugbyman. You need tu learn something by the AB players.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 14, 2007 12:27 pm  

  • Italy are a better team than this hammering suggests, they probably were overawed.

    Murray Mexted's commentary on ITV was atrocious. he is the most patronizing man going. at one stage he said that italy could take alot of comfort from the game as not many teams can score two tries against the all blacks. italy are a decent professional rugby team, i doubt they'll take any comfort from an embarrassing display like that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 14, 2007 4:23 pm  

  • this is amazing i like the steps that the AB's were dishing like food to the itallians, we cud use the sound of the haka in the background tho.

    By Anonymous izo, at September 14, 2007 6:26 pm  

  • cmon lads..dnt b disrespectuf to italy..im from there nd i play rugby myself cuz i dnt like how soccer has changed in my country nd how our soccer players cheat..hey atleast we hav a rugby team full of peeps tht are aware of a proper game... forza nd goodluck to every other team out there

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 20, 2007 9:47 am  

  • it is proved that only one person can face the all blacks!
    It's the Ref

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 30, 2007 3:54 am  

  • Bad game but we deserved it. Not respecting the Haka is a big mistake and we payed it. But remember, Italy plays rugby just since the 60', i think that be in the first ten at the world is not so bad. The 14th november AB will play whit Italy in San. Siro the temple of football (or soccer, do you like) showing to every one who loves sport what a real sport is...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 18, 2009 2:43 pm  

  • Sorry i've forgot it... facing the Haka is, in this moment, the best thing i've took part in rugby and in my whole life.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 18, 2009 2:45 pm  

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