Blues haka deemed taste­less

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The haka the Blues per­formed against the Lions has been de­scribed as ‘taste­less’ by a Bri­tish jour­nal­ist, fol­low­ing the ter­ror at­tacks in Manch­ester and Lon­don.

James Corrigan of the UK’s Tele­graph said the throat-slit­ting ges­tures in the He Toa Tak­i­tini haka, ded­i­cated to All Blacks great Jonah Lomu and for­mer Blues lock Kur­tis Haiu, were in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

Ihaia West, the Blues’ match­win­ner in Wed­nes­day night’s thrilling 22-16 win, led the Auck­land side’s first ever haka that was a fond farewell to two rugby greats who many times played in blue, but sadly lost their lives in re­cent years.

The haka was also a wel­come ges­ture to the Lions, and the first they’ve faced against a Su­per Rugby team.

How­ever, Corrigan said that throat-slit­ting ges­tures in the haka should have been dropped and it was ill-timed af­ter a minute’s si­lence was held at Eden Park for the vic­tims of the Manch­ester bomb and Lon­don knife at­tacks.

‘‘No­body wants it to turn into an in­ter­na­tional in­ci­dent, but surely some­one in the Blues setup should have spot­ted the taste­less jux­ta­po­si­tion,’’ Corrigan wrote in the Tele­graph.

The Cru­saders and Chiefs are also due to per­form haka be­fore their matches against the Lions on the 10-match tour.

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