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Friday, November 21, 2008

Munster vs the All Blacks - Haka & tries

After a 30 year absence, the All Blacks returned to Limerick to take on Munster once again, the side that so famously beat them 12-0 in 1978. This time around though, it was the men from New Zealand who came out on top, avenging defeat with a hard-fought 18-16 win after Joe Rokocoko’s late try helped them avoid a historic repeat.

The legend of the tale was done justice on Tuesday night as the 2008 version produced as much splendour and atmosphere as that famous day three decades ago.

A packed Thomond Park cheered for absolutely everything, starting when the match ball was delivered by helicopter to the 1978 captain Donal Canniffe, and rose as one to acknowledge the feat achieved by the heroic team of yesteryear.

The game itself had all the drama and intensity all were expecting to see. Munster were ahead at half time, and looked like they could make history yet again, but the late try sealed the famous victory for the unbeaten tourists.

As the two sides lined up before kickoff, Munster prepared to face the Haka, but we saw something quite unique, and a pretty special moment in the history of the game.

The Kiwis of the Munster side, Rua Tipoki, Lifeimi Mafi, Doug Howlett and reserve back Jeremy Manning, all stepped forward and laid down the Haka as a challenge to the All Blacks, before they responded themselves.

They were backed by their Munster teamates, and the noise in the crowd was deafening. Munster captain Mick O’Driscoll said it was an honour for his team to be part of this historic pre-match ritual.

"Rua in particular, and I don't like singling any of them out, but speaking to Rua he is probably one of the proudest men you will ever meet," O'Driscoll said. "And I think it is something he wanted to do so we all rolled in behind him."

"As a Kiwi boy you grow up dreaming as soon as you pick up a rugby ball that you can play for the All Blacks one day and as a Maori, you know, do the haka for the All Blacks," said Tipoki.

"I got asked if we could represent our team and we were wary because Munster has already such a rich culture and tradition that we were not just going to come here and place our stamp on here and have people who have supported Munster for years and lived Munster and played for Munster and thought what are these guys doing.

"It was something that everyone we spoke to wanted us to do and we did it on behalf of our team and they supported us. It was a special moment in my career and I will always remember it."

All Blacks No 8 Liam Messam was himself full of praise for Tipoki and the gesture, saying it was ‘awesome’, clapping and nodding his approval afterwards.

"I just wanted to pay my respects to Rua because he was the senior player and used to be my captain in the Maoris and I wanted to show my respect to him in his home game."

Time: 02:27



  • first :)

    well done to Munster, was rooting for them the whole way. Was gutted when the AB's scored the late try :(

    I missed the Hakas at the start of the game so thanks to RD for getting them on here, was great to see.

    Roll on England vs NZ :)

    By Anonymous Ian D, at November 21, 2008 2:14 am  

  • Despite it not being the strongest side either team could have played, it was still the best game of rugby ive seen in a long time!
    real edge of your seat style

    By Blogger Mikee, at November 21, 2008 3:04 am  

  • u have to lose AB, Munster is better than u...

    Donald... DUCK...

    And I'm French from Toulouse

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 21, 2008 3:12 am  

  • This match begs the question: when shall we get Toulouse-Australia, Waratahs-France and Wales-Crusaders?



    By Anonymous Randorama, at November 21, 2008 3:24 am  

  • quinlans stamp in the final ruck is disgusting! should get more than 3 weeks

    By Anonymous ad, at November 21, 2008 3:46 am  

  • After watching this match i have full respect for the Irish crowd, i have never seen such a respectful crowd In my life.

    also a great fight from munster. Theres not many games out there like this one. 10/10.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 21, 2008 4:16 am  

  • to the Anon above, i agree respectful crowd to hte players, not so respectful to the referee, he wasn't the greatest referee, but damn, he couldn't say a word against Munster. and yeah brilliant game, Munster played really well, and does anybody think that the Munster Haka was a little more intense than the NZ players? it seemed that the NZ players weren't into it

    By Anonymous Tyler, at November 21, 2008 4:36 am  

  • thats epic, so intense and how it shows how the nation of NZ truely love rugby.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 21, 2008 5:01 am  

  • thats the difference between munster and leinster, lets be honest leinster wud have finished the all blacks off...drico, luke etc. wud have got the job done..pity about munster lack of firepower...LEINSTER4LIFE xxx

    By Anonymous RockLegend, at November 21, 2008 5:03 am  

  • Wow, freaky silence during the AB Haka. Never heard the echo of the AB haka before.

    By Anonymous Cheesekiwi, at November 21, 2008 7:45 am  

  • first @ ad...
    what game were you watching???

    and to Rocklegend...
    name the leinster squad you would have played WITHOUT the international players???
    ya didnt think you could...

    Munster just proved (again) how good they are...

    best Munster Match i've been to so far..

    Gwan Munster!!!

    By Anonymous God, at November 21, 2008 9:55 am  

  • that was the crowd paying respect to the haka,the all balcks loved it and came out and thanked the crowd after,great day for rugby!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 21, 2008 9:57 am  

  • Rocklegend u just proved that u don't have a clue about rugby,leinster wouldn't finish with in 50 points of that AB side with the team ye could have fielded u clown!!!!!!

    Best game i was ever up until Tuesday night was when we hammered leinster in the H-cup, Munster AB game is the new first place

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 21, 2008 10:17 am  

  • Just to make myself even more unpopular...but does anyone else think that we see enough Hakas here?

    And before everyone jumps on their high-horse, I don't mean to denigrate the Haka, but merely to say that I'd prefer to see more open-play than head-high tackles, more tries than fights, and more amazing plays (like the French 14) than Hakas....

    There, I'm ready for the insults now...

    By Blogger Kerivoula, at November 21, 2008 10:29 am  

  • love the contrast between the deafing noise for the munster haka (MAKA) and the deadly silence for the AB's. Great respect.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 21, 2008 10:33 am  

  • ad....

    Quinlan wasn't playing and there was no stamp. It's clear he trips. Coughlan was the no.6

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 21, 2008 10:35 am  

  • Unless it's these Haka's:



    By Blogger Kerivoula, at November 21, 2008 10:36 am  

  • That was one of the best Haka's I've seen, second only to the french in 2007 coming out with their t shirts on. So much respect by the irish crowd, that's such an amazing thing to see.
    Well done to all the munster fans! I haven't seen the game and I'm sure these highlights don't do it justice but just from the haka I can already tell it was a special night!
    (too many hakas? what the f**k? great bit of tradition that doesn't take away anything from the game)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 21, 2008 10:52 am  

  • to Rocklegend, keep on dreaming, Leinster would have come no where near what the munster boys did on tuesday. I dont think anyone would disagree with that. And if you want to talk about closing out matches then Munster are the team to do so, it took Mils Muliana & Rocokco to break us when all the bodys were on their last legs.

    Even without our 10 main boys the lads put up the greatest performance of their life, very impressed with Billy Holland's performance when he came on.
    This was another occassion to be remebered for years to come, maybe not historically as before but for those who saw it will never forget

    By Anonymous Patron, at November 21, 2008 11:00 am  

  • Randorama : there were other tours game versus local teams. There was a All Blacks vs Toulon (called Selection Cote d'Azur) in 1990 lost by the AB's. For example. I know there are others.

    By Anonymous 4LC4TR4Z, at November 21, 2008 11:40 am  

  • Sensational piece of showmanship and drama pre-match. Fantastic. My eyes were popping out my head when I first saw it. I was like, 'No effin waaaaay!!' :D

    Very, very cool.

    In some ways I feel like I'm glad the AB's won, because if they'd lost, people would have said Munster only won because it was an understrength AB's side.. so in some weird way, the result does both sides credit... if that makes sense. (it does to me anyway)

    And once again, hats off to the Munster crowd. :)

    By Anonymous Shaft, at November 21, 2008 1:40 pm  

  • Kerivoula...you must not have watched the match. For those who did, will know what I mean, that the haka (and chopper)kicked off the wildest match I've seen

    RockLegend...your (Leinster's) record speaks for itself

    By Anonymous Brennie, at November 21, 2008 2:06 pm  

  • Brennie thank you for backing up my comment,

    Shaft, that munster side were completely understrength too, there were only 4 starting players on that team; howlett, tipoki, mafi & Dowling, some of the other players haven't seen regular Heineken Cup action. Although i believe that even if we had a full complement that it wouldnt have been any different

    By Anonymous Patron, at November 21, 2008 2:30 pm  

  • RockLegend-hahahaha!!Forget about your comment, your name is for ridicule alone, roysh??Good to see you cheering Leinstor from your computer desk, saves all the hassle of going to the RDS.Away games?Are you focking kidding mon?Bender.

    By Anonymous DublinHugh, at November 21, 2008 2:44 pm  

  • Yeah dublinHugh because Leinster fans don't go to away games...... Oh wait they do. In massive numbers.

    I'm pretty sure the Rocklegend lad was a troll, so you know, don't take it too seriously lads.

    I agree with Kerivoula, sometimes highlights of matches on the net have 4 mins for the anthems in them !

    And Leinster have pretty good record against internationals too. Anyone remember them beating a grand slam winning Australia in 1983?

    By Anonymous Third Centre, at November 21, 2008 3:07 pm  

  • wow that was intense, wish i was in the crowd...
    there should be more touring teams playing club sides.
    There has been some good games down the years, ospreys vs australia was a good game.

    Much respect to the munster crowd, awesome atmosphere, great match. good luck for the european cup this year.

    By Anonymous Abs7, at November 21, 2008 3:29 pm  

  • The Warwick drop goal in the first half was one of the best since Ive seen in a long time. Just as good as good as his long range one in the HC against Sale (I think).

    By Anonymous Huuda Heeba, at November 21, 2008 3:34 pm  

  • Why do Leinster fans always try to ruin everything Munster? When you achieve something other than the Magners League you can talk then, but for now just try to get out of your group in HC. And RockLegend, why do I think this is actually Fitzgerald? I know for a fact the guy has an ego the size of a small country. Great match, best atmosphere I have ever experienced!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 21, 2008 5:13 pm  

  • Anonymous, Fitzgerald is amazing, but definitely a bit up his own arse!!
    RockLegend you are some tool if all internationals were called up and leinster played the AB's they would have Stan Wright and Chris Whitaker to call upon from there starting XV.. :S
    Munster or maybe Leinster for the HCup anybody?
    and that was the best match involvin an Irish side since Ireland vs. England in Croker 2006!!

    By Anonymous NotEnoughHomeworkSoCameHere, at November 21, 2008 5:30 pm  

  • Woopsy Croker 2007

    By Anonymous NotEnoughHomeworkSoCameHere, at November 21, 2008 5:31 pm  

  • super game best game off rugby ive seen in years...once again munster never fail 2 entertain best fans in the world....fair play 2 AB's showed real respect...that game is wat rugby is all about....

    By Anonymous shannonsaint, at November 21, 2008 6:07 pm  

  • most high intense piece of rugby ive seen ....round of applause for the irish most paationate people and rugby players around

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 21, 2008 6:31 pm  

  • The atmosphere at this game seemed absolutley amazing!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 21, 2008 6:38 pm  

  • ive heard rumours that wales are going to give the all blacks a return haka...(according to warren gatland on bbc sport)
    is this true!?

    By Anonymous billybob, at November 21, 2008 6:38 pm  

  • Kerivoula,
    those 2 YouTube links were quite funny. It looks like they're dancing instead to some kind of music

    By Anonymous Kipstar, at November 21, 2008 6:40 pm  

  • guys i think ur forgetting 1 basic point...DR.PHIL CONTEPOMI,ROCKY ELSOM AND CJ VAN DER LINDE..ur two best players never even played international...i mean hello?
    fitzgerald=god, the man is a legend, no1 in munster even comes close..keith earls maybe if he had hair.
    if it wasnt for anthony foley ireland wudnt be in a recession.

    By Anonymous RockLegend, at November 21, 2008 7:19 pm  

  • ...Munster coulda won, mates, we've all gotta admit it...it was such an anti-climax, the way the game ended, kicking it to touch...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 21, 2008 7:31 pm  

  • rocklegend ur not making any sense cj v linde is an overweight sellout who isnt even match fit.....and talking about keith earls not having hair ur just immature not knowing anything about rugby...oh ya i tink its contepomi who is afraid of munster just look at his performances in hc semi 2006 and this years magners league....missing kicks from straight infront of the post....he would want 2 go see DR. PHIL alright

    By Anonymous shannonsaint, at November 21, 2008 7:36 pm  

  • RockLegend..The fact that you added, "I mean hello?" takes away any credible argument from your statement. Our 2 best players never even played internationally, Keith Earl's hair cut takes away from his game....WTF are you on about? Please, for the love of God, stop dragging the name of your Loinster bretherin through the shit will ya, in all fairness, they do a good enough job by themselves!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 21, 2008 7:40 pm  

  • All i have to say is major RESPECT to the crowd i only wish it was like that allllllll over the world. The commentaters where even scared to talk when they usually do.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 21, 2008 8:38 pm  

  • Rocklegend u suck D4 ass

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 21, 2008 11:21 pm  

  • i mean hello!! rocklegend dreams about sucking Fitzgerald's cock

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 21, 2008 11:27 pm  

  • Jesus lads he's a troll. Whats wrong with ye ? would you actually have an online argument with someone who's main objective is to wind you up ? Thats just sad.


    And fitzgerald's a pretty sound lad. Don't know where that came from.

    By Anonymous Third Centre, at November 21, 2008 11:51 pm  

  • What is the name of the man who wear mustache( he was the nº22 os musnter)?

    By Anonymous Tiago, at November 22, 2008 12:10 am  

  • anyone else think that the absolute silence when kicks were being taken, totally put of donalds penalty kicking?
    Easy kicks for a professional, let alone an all black!
    musta been pretty eerie.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 22, 2008 12:53 am  

  • Tiago, that was Jeremy Manning former under-study to RoG till Warick came along. he also played NZ schools

    That handle bar mustach will make him an icon in certain circles.....

    By Anonymous Patron, at November 22, 2008 1:36 am  

  • a friend of a friend of his told me his facial hair is normally ginger,so he thought it would look better if he grew a handle-bar mustache and dyed it black!crazy dude!

    great match though,i've never seen an atmosphere like it!i thought there was a great scene just before half time when the ball went into touch and a NZ player(i forget who!) handed the match ball to a child in the crowd.it's the kind of night that'll be remembered forever

    By Anonymous Mark, at November 22, 2008 2:48 am  

  • Mark, it was NZ fullback Cory Jane.

    Man-oh-man, I'm not the biggest Stringer fan in the world, but boy does he seemingly have a talent for ankle taps when they really count. It was somewhere near the end of the match and he tapped some guy's ankle, possibly preventing a break for a try.

    Someone on the Acrossthetasman forums said it best, I think:

    "Just to point out: Munster vs Leinster is around 70% wins for Leinster along the years, and I know Leinster wouldn't have been capable of what we witnessed last night."

    It was really a great match. And Shaft, while I was rooting for Munster, I agree that it was probably for the best that NZ won...

    By Anonymous elliot, at November 22, 2008 9:26 am  

  • munster just a club is just absolutely respectable to almost win a rugby-known country NewZealand.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 22, 2008 10:23 am  

  • poor decision by howlett not to nail rokkocoko

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 22, 2008 10:25 am  

  • i think rocklegend is a wee bit jealous as to how well munster did and how respected munster are

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 22, 2008 1:52 pm  

  • Tipoki came out of the defensive line way too early, which usually works for him but not this time unfortunately :(

    By Anonymous Third Centre, at November 22, 2008 2:30 pm  

  • I need to learn how to use a computer and get myself a proper username.

    That was the best video I've ever seen.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 22, 2008 2:53 pm  

  • I need to learn how to use a computer and get myself a proper username.

    That was the best video I've ever seen.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 22, 2008 2:53 pm  

  • im fat

    By Anonymous anthony foley, at November 23, 2008 6:11 am  

  • Honestly,RockLegend is so stereotypical I'm genuinely suspicious that it's actually Paul Howard pulling the piss! Just read Ros O'Carroll-Kelly and you'll know what I'm on about!I watched Leinster lose to Connacht in Galway fairly recently.Ye'd take the ABs? Yeah roysh!

    By Anonymous Legarcondur, at November 23, 2008 2:27 pm  

  • Anonymous said...
    munster just a club is just absolutely respectable to almost win a rugby-known country NewZealand.

    isnt munster a provincal side not a club?

    By Anonymous chris ash, Syd Aust, at November 23, 2008 11:12 pm  

  • That was an intense atmosphere...loved it, loved it.

    BTW, is it only me or is rokocoko getting fatteR? hope ol boy doesnt pull a caucau on me...that'd hurt my feelings

    By Blogger Don, at November 24, 2008 5:46 am  

  • Yeh great performance, but am I the only person to realise that the game was thrown away! munster's 75 miutes of superb rugby thrown away by Mafi or Tipoki (couldnt see which one it was)rushing up like some sort of fucking idiot!!! I mean a professional rugby player who cannot control himself to trust his defence and stay his line! Typical Maori........rush of blood to the head!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 25, 2008 12:49 am  

  • It was Mafi but I wouldn't blame him one bit. 9 out of 10 times he would have put in a huge hit, releasing the pressure... think of the one on Chabal recently. Mafi has had an outstanding year so to single him out over one mistake is crazy. Regarding the "Typical Maori" slur, only a bandwagon supporter who doesn't appreciate what he has given the team would come out with that crap!!

    By Anonymous Tom, at November 25, 2008 11:37 am  

  • ROCKLEGEND!! that guy knows his rugby i mean like seriously do you guys down in munster not realise that leinster have a far superior mental toughness!! luke is sucha ledge dont u know?...stan wright would eat hayes 4 breakfast...hes also sucha ledge...LIONS LIONS LIONS LIONS.....SUCHA LION

    By Anonymous Fintan, at November 26, 2008 8:58 pm  

  • fintan i 2nd that motion to the ocean.... LIONS LIONS LIONS LIONS....Why would i go to an away match when i could have the guys overs for scoops....OH AND neil ronan, munsters best player...LEINSTER LION AT HEART

    By Anonymous Caomhín, at November 26, 2008 9:03 pm  

  • I'd just like to say that i'm a homo and i'd love to polish off luke fitzgerald someday if i had the chance

    By Anonymous RockLegend, at July 25, 2009 5:41 pm  

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