Blues haka deemed tasteless
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.