Indigenous vs Maori All stars, cultural performances, war cries, Unity Dance, Haka, video, Latrell Mitchell, Dane Gagai, Leo Thompson


Queensland Country Bank Stadium was brought to a standstill when some of the game’s biggest names took part in a spine-tingling cultural performance before Friday’s All Stars clash.

The Indigenous and Maori sides walked out of the tunnel side-by-side as the rain poured down in Townsville led by captains Latrell Mitchell and Joseph Tapine.

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The Maori men went first as the squad circled Knights forward Leo Thompson. Kodi Nikorima and Dane Gagai also featured heavily in the Haka.

It was finished off with a powerful moment as former Warriors teammates Josh Curran and Jazz Tevaga went forehead to forehead and eyeballed each other.

“My goodness… that was sensational,” Fox League commentator Dan Ginnane said.

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Up next it was the Indigenous mens side’s turn with Sharks five-eighth Braydon Trindall taking centre stage. Speedsters Alofiana Khan-Pereira and Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow featured heavily, as did Queensland Cup veteran hooker Kierran Moseley.

The players met in the middle of the field once again as Nicho Hynes and Adam Pompey shared a tense stare-off.

“It really is stirring stuff,” Ginnane said.

Fox League expert Michael Ennis added: “The pride, the passion it’s so captivating that it almost leaves you speechless.”


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