East Coast advance to meet South Canterbury challenge before Meads Cup semifinal in Pleasant Point.
New Zealand Rugby will be reviewing the haka protocol breach by the East Coast rugby team, but can’t yet say what, if any, sanctions will be handed down.
In what was a fiery prelude to their Heartland Championship Meads Cup semifinal loss to South Canterbury in Pleasant Point on Saturday, East Coast performed their haka, then advanced over the halfway line and squared off face-to-face with their hosts, who returned serve with their own challenge.
They were spine-tingling scenes showcasing the great passion that exists in the deep roots of the provincial game, and while tempers threatened to boilover and words were exchanged, the teams separated and the contest kicked off without incident, the crowd having clearly loved the pre-show.
However, East Coast were in clear
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