Wales ensured they kept their distance from the haka in the build-up to their Rugby World third-place play off against New Zealand.

Warren Gatland‘s side were clearly keen to avoid a similar fate to England, who were hit with a £2,000 fine for encroaching on their opponents ahead of their crushing semi-final victory.

They may have been advised to take a similar approach to their neighbours as they suffered a 40-17 defeat to the recently-dethroned world champions, who secured bronze. 

Wales ensured they kept a long way back as New Zealand performed the pre-match haka

Joe Moody opened the scoring, before Beauden Barrett, two Ben Smith tries and second-half efforts from Ryan Cortty and Richie Mo’unga did the damage.

Wales responded through Hallam Amos and Josh Adams, with Rhys Patchell adding a conversion and penalty and Biggar a conversion.

England chose to respond to the haka by forming a ‘V for victory’ shape, but in doing so replacement prop Joe Marler and a couple of others crossed the halfway line, breaking World Rugby protocols. 

While New Zealand perform their pre-match ritual, players are not allowed to cross the halfway line. 

To be safe, Wales stood a further 10 metres back on the pitch, in a line, arm-in-arm. 

Before every match they play, the All Blacks perform a version of the traditional haka

Asked about England’s response after the semi-final, All Blacks coach Stevenn Hansen said: ‘You’re taking me in dangerous territory here.

‘I think England’s response was fantastic. They didn’t get fined for responding with what they did, they got fined because they went over the halfway (line). And everyone knows you can’t go over the halfway.

‘I think Joe Marler didn’t go back when he got told two or three times.

‘I thought the response was brilliant. If you understand the haka, it requires a response. It’s a challenge to you personally and it requires you to have a response. I thought it was brilliant, quite imaginative too.’

England were handed a £2,000 for crossing the halfway line before their semi-final clash

RWC 2019: Wales keep their distance from haka against All Blacks after England fined £2,000

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