New Zealand sets the scene for the Rugby League World Cup semi-final against Australia with FIERCE Haka in the face of the kangaroos – with cheeky Kiwi then hugging his opponent
New Zealand drew the battle lines against Australia early in the Rugby League World Cup semi-final with an intense haka that saw the players march right up to the kangaroos.
The traditional haka is designed to intimidate and the Kiwis provided that by storming right under the Aussies’ noses leading up to kick-off.
New Zealand players perform a Haka before the start of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup Men’s semi-final between Australia and New Zealand
The Kangaroos players stood in a crescent-shaped formation, staring at their opponent as they performed their traditional battle cry.
Then, in bizarre scenes, New Zealand hooker Brandon Smith offered his former Melbourne Storm teammate and Kangaroos counterpart Harry Grant a warm hug.
The pair hugged and both sides went back to their respective sides of the field to prepare for battle.
Brandon Smith gave his old Melbourne Storm teammate Harry Grant a cheeky hug after the Haka
“I’m not sure if opponents should hug after a haka, but I did cry a little,” wrote one fan.
‘INTENSE Haka from @NZRL_Kiwis. The last of the tournament or another to come?’ asked another fan.
The winner of this semi-final will face the winner of the clash between England and Samoa played at night.