A quick comparison between the Hakas of 1973 and 2011

first_imgTuesday Aug 23, 2011 A quick comparison between the Hakas of 1973 and 2011 The All Black Haka, love it or hate it, it’s been around for a long time and isn’t going anywhere. But was it always so confrontational? Looking back, it would appear not, and this is where some find issue with it. When it comes to watching New Zealand play, the Haka is one of the things I look forward to most. It’s a brilliant piece of showmanship that should be embraced. About thirty years back, things were slightly different though, and this is what annoys some rugby fans. The usual response to criticism is that they’re still allowed to do it because they’ve always been allowed to do it. That’s a fair comment, but there is no doubt though that in recent times it’s changed drastically, and become a far more intense, physically intimidating challenge. Buck Shelford was one of the first to pick it up a notch with the confrontational approach, and then in 2005 we saw the introduction of the Kapa O Pango , where Tana Umaga slapped the back of Rico Gear, and they all performed a throat slitting gesture. There was a small outcry, so the throat slitting stopped, but this year it’s returned, strangely enough. Former Wallaby and current commentator Greg Martin recently expressed his desire for the Haka to be scrapped. He was clearly stirring and as with a lot of the things he says, his comments should be taken with a pinch of salt. They caused somewhat of a stir though, and re-ignited the age old debate about why they should be allowed to do it at all. “They get an unfair physical advantage. The whole game of rugby is about male dominance over another man, and they’re there yelling and screaming and threatening and you’ve got to sit there and go: ‘Umm, this’ll be finished soon’,” said Martin. “What’s so good about it? “If you want to go see entertainment go to the theatre. That’s what it is; it’s singing and dancing,” he added. So whether you subscribe to Marto’s views, or choose to enjoy it for what it is, here’s a slightly comical clip that shows how dramatically it’s changed over the years. Time: 0:57 Credit: The Rugby Club on Fox Sports ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Traditional wardances Related Articles 263 WEEKS AGO Southland Boys upset Otago Boys as Hakas… 289 WEEKS AGO Emotional Hakas farewell Jonah Lomu at final… 296 WEEKS AGO History repeats itself as All Blacks Haka… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueey30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img

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