Thursday, June 19, 2008
In atrocious conditions that came close to being unplayable, New Zealand Maori edged out Fiji 11-7 in their Pacific Nations Cup encounter at a drenched Churchill Park in Lautoka, Fiji, on Saturday.
The game almost didnt happen because of the weather in fact, but the decision was made to continue with it and when it did, it started off with the brilliant display of two traditional war dances going head to head, 20 meters apart from each other.
The Maori team start off, then as you hear the roar of the crowd, thats when the Fijians start their challenge, the Cibi.
Its a great moment as the Maori, led by Piri Weepu, seemingly pause to take in the challenge and wait for the Fijians to finish, then they continue with their version of the Haka, the Timatanga.
The weather seems to add to the atmosphere too, so sit back and enjoy as its a pretty special sight watching these two teams perform their great traditions, especially in times of such professionalism and changes in rugby.
Note: The audio problems at the beginning were part of the feed, so unavoidable unfortunately.