The French responded perfectly.
The issue was crossing the 40m or Halfway line - something Ali Williams is yet to be pulled up for (on 3 separate occasions)
I thought the French response to the haka was phenomenal. The reaction in the crowd was immense.
Probably the best ever response IMO.
The only issue I have with France's response is that it is banned to cross that halfway line. If it's okay, then afford every team the ability to cross the halfway line to respond to the Haka. Every other team obeyed the law in the tournament - including France in the pool stages; doesn't give them the right to do it in the Final. That said, I don't know why crossing the halfway line has been outlawed.
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Have been a few challenges thrown back at the Haka recently - Australia staring down in Brisbane set the tone of the night as well - remember Wales did something similar a couple of years back as well - for about 3 minutes!
Yeah, i don't see anything wrong with what they did. It set the tone for the game. We throat cut and stuff but they get fined for walking over half way? Seems a bit harsh.
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Personally I thought it was OTT when Nonu made the throat slitting motion and pointed at one of the French guys.
If i were the NZRU I would pay half the fine. How much is it by the way
one network news said it was 5000
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