Wednesday, June 25, 2008
The Pacific Nations Cup has thrown up some great encounters over the past few weeks, and not only during play, but more spectacularly - pre kick-off.
Recently we saw the Maori team go face to face with the Fijian Cibi in front of a cheering home crowd in Lautoka. This time around it was the Maori's that took on Samoa, and the traditional Siva Tau challenge.
Once again, the Maori team, led here by Hosea Gear, changed their Haka slightly, with a few new moves in there that surely adds to the public's interest, and quite possibly poses a challenge for the more clumsy of players (they stick them at the back I bet).
The 'Manu Siva Tau', performed by the Samoans, is another of the great South Sea Island traditions that is unique to their land and presents the imminent threat that is the physicality and competitiveness of the men who so proudly wear that famous blue jersey.
The prematch encounter ended with a bang, but after kick off it was the New Zealand Maori that made it three out of three and won the game 17-6.