Shoppers were stunned by the East Tamaki Under 12 rugby union team who brought a New Zealand sporting tradition to the streets of Spalding.
The boys were in town yesterday to play a Spalding Under 12 side at the Memorial Field, but not before treating people in the town centre to the haka. A type of ancient Maori war dance now used by the New Zealand rugby team before matches, the boys were enthusiastically clapped by passers-by after their 30-second performance of foot-stamping with tongues hung out, rhythmic body slapping and loud chants. Before the haka, the boys went on Spalding’s Water Taxi and were also treated to a fish and chips lunch at Sheddy’s, in New Road. Team captain Leighton Crichton-Ward (11) said: “We’re pretty excited to be here and look forward to the game which is mostly about having fun.”