The Nude Blacks emerged with their pride intact following a
hair-raising encounter against a spirited invitational
Australian outfit in Dunedin this afternoon.
More than 2000 vocal supporters lined the North ground, with
both teams earning equal gasps of approval and disdain when
they took to the field.
The Australians, which included some on-loan New Zealand
female rugby players, decided to soak up the Nude Blacks'
mana, by advancing Australian fair on a spirited haka.
Exquisite handling saw the Nude Blacks gain early ascendancy,
and which included some new moves including the debut of the
''Tony Woodcock'' line-out call.
However, their momentum was disrupted by some dubious
referring decisions courtesy of commentator turned guest
referee Scotty Stevenson.
The traditional Nude Blacks game is played at the North
Ground in Dunedin. Photo Stephen Jaquiery
The dressing gown-clad referee had no hesitation in
dishing ''brown'' cards to players, and even penalised one Nude
Blacks player for illegal spooning an opponent.
An aggressive kick/chase game by the Australians almost led
to them drawing the game with the last play of the game
before it was disallowed for an earlier infringement.
And the score? Nude Blacks 5, Australian Invitational
4. However, nude rugby was the winner on the day.