Last night was not the first time the All Blacks' opposition did not passively watch the pre-match tradition. This came about after a fiery response to the haka by the Ireland rugby team at Lansdowne Road in Dublin in 1989. Captain and lock Willie Anderson led his team in a slow march forward until they were standing directly in front of the All Blacks. The tactic had no effect on the match, with the All Blacks running out 23-6 winners.
Here is my take on the word "opposition" in poetic form.
Opposition's the colour of New Zealand All Blacks.
It looks like crazy crowds before they attack.
It sounds like hisses and boos from rioting punks.
It smells like a living, breathing funk.
It tastes like cod liver oil recently drunk.
It feels like antagonism in some aspect.
Opposition is conflict between instinct and intellect.
Enjoy this rendition of the "haka" showing opposition to the 'nth degree at the 2011 Finals against the French, who got right in the faces of the New Zealand All Blacks!