New Delhi: Every time a Pacific Island nation enters Rugby field, teams try to intimidate their opponents with traditional ferocious war cries. But when New Zealand meet Tonga during a 2015 Rugby World Cup match on Friday, pre-game rituals reached a new level of intimidation. A sight to cherish!
On September 9, the world witnessed the Sipi Tau of Tonga taking on the Haka of New Zealand as the two teams tried to intimidate with a perfect synchronisation of vigorous movements with energetic feet stamping and equally impressive shouts at London's St. James Park.
As for the match result, defending champions All Blacks, as expected, won the match 47-9 with as many as seven tries. Despite an impressive Kailao performance before the match, the Sea Eagles from Tonga failed to match the might of the Kiwis, and settled with three penalty goals and without a single try.
New Zealand, after winning all their four group matches against Tonga, Georgia, Namibia and Argentina, have qualified for the quarter-finals. Tonga are likely to finish fourth in the Group C, thanks to their fighting win over Namibia. Argentina will play the African side in the final group game.