America, nooooo! University of Arizona’s Wildcats performed this Haka recently before a game and well…yeah just look.
No, no, no. You’re facing your own crowd guys. Are you planning on defeating them or your opposition? You’re all just standing around, there’s no positioning. And, how are you all so quiet? There looks like at least fifty of you standing around and we can’t hear a thing.
A dreadful Haka rendition that has split opinion down the middle. On the one hand, it shows the power of the ritual to transcend Rugby and be used by teams who feel it can give them an edge and leave them pumped.
On the other hand, it was rushed, mispronounced and frankly not theirs to use. The Haka is performed by Kiwis and that’s just the way it is. That’s they way it’s been and the way it will always be. Get your own thing.
One thing we can’t fault is offensive lineman Lene Maiava’s facial expressions. He really nails them. Unfortunately his timing and pronunciation aren’t up to scratch. And the rest of the team let him down.
We did find this much better version, but the lack lustre nature of the guys in the back in the first attempt sort of ruins it too. The tradition seems to have been started by some Polynesian players who were at Arizona State previously.