Intimidation of Haka, Kiwis all set to dominate Namibia: What is next?

all blacks against namibia haka dance

A traditional war dance challenged by the people of Maori – Haka is performed before they head into battle. The intimate association of Haka with rugby originated in 1888 through the performance of New Zealand Natives. In the early 19th century, the composition of original Haka was by a Maori Warrior chief called Te Rauparaha.

The real meaning of New Zealand All Blacks Haka

The literal meaning of word haka is a dance primarily accompanied song. Before a match by a rugby team in New Zealand, consistent performance of haka by these team members had been a reason for its popularity throughout the world.

The rugby team of New Zealand is referred to as All Blacks because of their first-ever appearance during their Originals tour. Initially, Haka was only used at away matches by All Blacks but in recent times, it is known to be an integral part of a ritual of their pre-match for every game.       

It is considered as a short ritual in which players are seen performing facial contortions, feet stamping and slapping their thighs.

The controversial issue around Haka

Starting of Haka involves chanted words “Ka mate! Ka mate! Ka ora! Ka ora!” That means “I die! I die! I Live! I Live!”. It has significantly been serving as an iconic sight in the sports world.

Despite its popularity at a global level, the pervasive performance of Haka has tended to be a controversial issue, in particular with specific brands keen for capitalizing on the commercial potential of All Blacks.

The debut of Haka against South Africa, a new version of Haka namely Kapa O Pango was often performed which was known to be written in tribute of the rugby giants.

Haka – as a source of courage to win the game has been opposed by many people in the world describing to be an unfair advantage to the rugby team New Zealand and imposed a threat to stop it.

Sheehan is not known to be the only one complaining about the haka whereas a lot many other commentators had already known to take action against Kapa O Pango. Haka was also thought to provide a small physical edge as other players were considered to stand still and go briefly cold.

Although the true value of haka is interconnected, the opposition criticized it as disrespectful. As a response considering it a fair way was highly argued against the challenge of All Blacks in the battlefield of rugby by the players of the New Zealand team. But, Haka matters for Kiwis to have the spirit of taking over the battlefield through their victory.

All Blacks vs. Namibia

However, the team of All Blacks has been named for playing Namibia in their Rugby Pool Play a match of the World Cup on Sunday, 6th October.

  • Location: Ajinomoto Stadium, Tokyo
  • Time: 5.45 pm Sunday (NZT)
  • Referee: Pascal Gauzere – France

All Blacks team

  • 1. Joe Moody (42)
  • 2. Codie Taylor (47)
  • 3. Nepo Laulala (22)
  • 4. Brodie Retallick (77)
  • 5. Samuel Whitelock – captain (114)
  • 6. Shannon Frizell (7)
  • 7. Sam Cane (64)
  • 8. Ardie Savea (41)
  • 9. Aaron Smith (88)
  • 10. Jordie Barrett (13)
  • 11. George Bridge (6)
  • 12. Anton Lienert-Brown (39)
  • 13. Jack Goodhue (10)
  • 14. Sevu Reece (4)
  • 15. Ben Smith (82)
  • 16. Dane Coles (65)
  • 17. Ofa Tuungafasi (32)
  • 18. Angus Ta’avao (10)
  • 19. Patrick Tuipulotu (27)
  • 20. Matt Todd (22)
  • 21. Brad Weber (3)
  • 22. T J Perenara (61)
  • 23. Rieko Ioane (27)

Namibia team

  • 1. Andre Rademeyer
  • 2. Nelius Theron
  • 3. Desiderius Sethie
  • 4. A J de Klerk
  • 5. Johannes Coetzee
  • 6. Obert Nortje
  • 7. Louis van der Westhuizen
  • 8. Torsten van Jaarsveld
  • 9. Tjiuee Uanivi
  • 10. Johan Retief
  • 11. Thomasa Forbes
  • 12. Rohan Kitshoff
  • 13. Max Katjijeko
  • 14. Prince Gaoseb
  • 15. Wian Conradie
  • 16. P J van Lill
  • 17. Adriaan Booysen
  • 18. Janco Venter
  • 19. Cliven Loubser
  • 20. Helarius Kisting
  • 21. Damian Stevens
  • 22. Eugene Jantjies
  • 23. Darryl de la Harpe

Steven Hansen – Coach of New Zealand’s team heads into the short turnaround comfortably tending his side to build towards the tournament’s knockout stages.

Thus, having a 3 amendments total to the run-on side thrashing Canada by 63-0, Hansen has now been much careful regarding his players’ workload management ahead of finding an easy victory against Namibia at the Stadium of Tokyo.

Best odds

The All Blacks are absolute favorite in this game, and if you are interested in placing a bet on this game you should check out our offshore rugby betting sites where you can find the highest odds to this game. NZ TAB odds for this game are for Namibia $151 and for All Blacks $1.001.

The All Blacks wiped out Canada

Factually, All Blacks are not strangers to winning as the ranking of World Rugby’s men, New Zealand is undoubtedly on the top while Canada is positioned at 22nd place. Despite winning five out of seven games to-date in the year 2019.

Recently, there was hammering of Canada by 63-0 in the second pool game of the World Cup of Rugby in Japan. Additionally, the power rankings of Stuff were considered to be less in favor of Canadians as per the estimated calculation to show a one in 250 chance or 2000 years.

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