Haka disrespectful: Dowd
Wellington: Craig Dowd has slammed the All Blacks’ disrespectful Kapa O Pango haka they displayed against Ireland and questioned their attitude in the defeat in Chicago. The former All Blacks prop, who won 60 tests caps between 1993 and 2000, said he watched and ‘cringed’ as TJ Perenara led the haka prior to facing Ireland, whose players formed a figure of eight to honour Anthony Foley, who died last month. Dowd also attacked the All Blacks camp for their preparation ahead of the showdown in Chicago. Ireland secured their maiden win over the All Blacks courtesy of a 40-29 victory, which was their first in 111 years. Dowd said Ireland’s triumph was ‘a good thing for world rugby’, as they ended the All Blacks’ world record winning streak (18) for a tier-one nation. But the former Auckland and Blues prop really took offence with the All Blacks’ haka. “I have to say I watched the haka and cringed. Someone didn’t do their homework in the All Blacks camp,” Dowd wrote on ESPN.
“Knowing a little bit about the Irish mentality and having had a 64-test cap veteran and ex-Munster coach Anthony Foley die recently, with all the players wearing black armbands and having a moment’s silence for him before the game, and knowing what that meant to the Irish team and the public, I thought pulling out the Kapa O Pango haka was disrespectful. “I’ve been to funerals and you do the Ka Mate haka to honour a warrior and it is different to doing the battle cry, or war cry, of Kapa O Pango which is a more aggressive challenge. “I thought, ‘you guys haven’t done your research here, you haven’t actually thought through the process’.
“It’s not a case of not backing themselves, they are the All Blacks and they should back themselves.
“But it is being respectful and I thought the haka choice was disrespectful.”
Dowd also said the nature of All Blacks’ last visit to Chicago – a 74-6 win over USA – impacted on their performance against Ireland. “Attitude is everything. At test match level you can talk about all sorts of game plans but it comes down to 15 players having the right attitude to go out to implement what they have trained all their lives to do,” Dowd wrote on ESPN. “And that was missing in Chicago for the All Blacks.” - Stuff