England fans have drowned out the All Blacks ‘Kapa O Pango’ Haka with a raucous rendition of ‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot’ before the Twickenham test, which the All Blacks went on to win 16-15.
HAKA DONE… GAME TIME!
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— Sky Sports Rugby (@SkySportsRugby) November 10, 2018
The All Blacks reserved Kapa O Pango for England, a Haka they use typically on significant occasions after Eddie Jones claimed earlier in the week that he had ‘no interest’ in watching it, comparing it to a Spice Girls performance.
“At that stage of the game, they could be playing the Spice Girls and I wouldn’t know what’s being played,” Jones said of the haka ahead of Saturday’s showdown at Twickenham.
England’s fans have come under fire for responding to the Haka in unison with the renown call of England Rugby, ‘Swing Low’, with ex-All Black Justin Marshall calling the response ‘quite disrespectful’ during the commentary.
#ENGvNZL so disrespectful typical English
— just jude (@judeholley) November 10, 2018
Only the English rugby fans could demand respect for the poppy and then sing over the haka two mins later with a song about slavery #ENGvNZL
— faraimupfuti (@faraimupfuti) November 10, 2018
Disrespectful English fucks drowning out the Haka. #ENGvNZL
— Ian Heaton ?? (@Learphollach) November 10, 2018
The response has been taken by some as an appropriate way to accept the challenge, as the Haka is a ‘war cry’ meant for battle.
Ok here we go with all the other home nations melts complaining about England fans singing back to the Haka. It’s a challenge laid down before battle, this is our way of accepting the challenge on our home patch. Don’t hear any Maori moaning #ENGvNZL
— Steve Rhodes (@ProudPeacock123) November 10, 2018
It's funny how everyone is saying England disrespected New Zealand whilst they were doing the haka, it's a war cry and every single person in that ground is entitled to respond how they want. But it's 2018 so every snowflake is having mad meltdowns on twitter ? #ENGvNZL
— ? O V ? L L I (@CallumNovelli) November 10, 2018
To all the melts and other home nations why should you sit in silence for the haka? It’s not a friendly hello or national anthem? It’s a meant to intimidate you before battle. #ENGvNZL
— Rob Ball (@Bob13a11) November 10, 2018
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