XS650: Haka   Leave a comment

Tomorrow, Sunday Oct 23,  is the 2011 Rugby World Cup Final. My country has played through. To face their nemesis. France. A ‘grudge match’.

For my French friends … ‘Vive les Bleus’

The Haka. A Celebration. A Challenge. A Greeting. The Battle to come.

Just don’t attempt to perform one in Utah. The pigmen will pepper-spray and baton you.

One of my favourites –

although the 2011 semifinal haka against Australia came close.

Here, NZ Maori aggressively faced down by Tonga. Go Ikale Tahi.

In 2007 a mate flew out from home. We took my bikes (XS650, SR500) on a World Cup joy ride through France. Rugby town to rugby town. Happily ‘Pannenfrei’.

Caught the Haka in Marseille. Beautiful sunny day. Lyon. Toulouse. Enjoyed many other pool games – two of the most memorable being Tonga almost taking out South Africa, Lens. And England, Paris.

This year I have enjoyed the competition from the comfort of my local Irish Pub. Thanxs team for going out of your way to open at 07.00 for many of the games.

All Blacks 8: Les Bleus 7

There were no losers in this game. The All Blacks claimed the cup. Les Bleus proved to the world and themselves what the All Blacks have known for years. Don’t underestimate them. And I got to watch wonderful rugby with a pub full of french supporters. Nailbiting to the end. Man of the Match, Thierry Dusautoir.

It will be interesting to observe what the next few years bring. Henry, Deans, Gatland, de Villiers, Lievremont among others may all be looking for new jobs.

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Posted October 22, 2011 by xscafe in Uncategorized

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