Let’s face it, many of us don’t even follow the junior rugby league. But the international match between New Zealand and Australia in Auckland in the weekend drew attention from all around the world, when the All Blacks and Australia clashed aggressively during the pre-game revelries and rivalries on account of the Haka dance. Players of both teams were seen butting heads, requiring officials to come and break up the scenes.
Opposing teams tend to typically respect the Haka, although it is often ridiculed and made fun of in the spirit of the rugby sport. But there have been serious clashes before, particularly in Ireland and in England, where the traditional Maori war call caused a major stir in 1989.
The game itself remained tense as well, with NZ winning thanks to a last-minute kick. Not to gloat, but they say that Karma is a…
See the tumultuous events preceding the game for yourself: