which is very effective (but should never be confused with sportsmanship).
Think about it—both sides do their warm up and gallop out onto the field, ready for battle.
THEN YOUR FRIENDLY LOCAL
team has to stand politely cooling down while the Good Guys (yay!) continue warming up … by cranking themselves to a primeval pitch as their ‘Haka’ releases something atavistic in its performers.
to the ‘Lions’ (UK rugby team) but no reply—I don’t think my suggestion of the Lions turning their backs and chatting (while sitting out the haka) then performing a spirited Morris Dance was at all well received—but as poofy as a Morris Dance may appear to outsiders, properly done it can be
(b) well warming, and
(c) quite intimidating.
And should the Haka be done first then the All Blacks will be the ones cooling down whilst the Lions/Wotevers are getting nicely warmed up. Sauce for the goose?
Here below, from the web, another guy’s answer, c/w original caption—
Regardez les All Blacks avec l’oeil féroce d’un homme des cavernes.
His entry for Australia needs no explanation. (I believe he just may be a New Zealander?)
I still think that if the teams were given one of those leather egg things each they wouldn’t need to squabble like petulant pups but that’s economics for you—balls don’t come cheap.