So New Zealand’s famed rugby team, the All Blacks, are arguably “the most successful sports team in history.” And we were lucky enough to snag tickets to see them defeat the Australia Wallabies in the final Bledisloe Cup match on Saturday night.
Even though we knew next to nothing about rugby, we had the best time. It was an exciting and record-setting game, recapped by this article in The Guardian. To get an idea:
“Despite having to make more than twice as many tackles as Australia and spending nearly 70% of the match in their own half, New Zealand scored six tries to one and had a seventh disallowed in the final minute.”
“It was not only New Zealand’s 18th straight Test victory, a run that started last year after they had been beaten by Australia in Sydney, but their 45th in a row at home, another record.”
But maybe the most fun part of the game was watching the Haka, the All Blacks’ signature pre-match ritual. A Māori tradition, the Haka is an ancestral dance and war cry performed by New Zealand teams at all levels. You can read about the All Blacks’ own Haka and its creation, evolution and significance here.
And you can see the Haka from this match for yourself here. A cultural experience for sure!