Stage of Origin 2011
Last night several Vodafone Warriors (along with a few guests) took to the stage at the Logan Campbell Centre in Auckland, where they took on a team of Super Rugby superstars (and a few guests of their own) in an improvisation team battle. This year's 'Stage of Origin' was dedicated to Christchurch, with all proceeds going to the Christchurch Red Cross.
The audience was treated to performances from NZ performers Ardijah, Jay Williams, Vince Harder, Lapi Mariner, K.One and Nesian Mystics, before the two teams made their entrance.
The Rugby League team consisted of Lewis Brown, Kevin Locke, James Maloney, Krisnan Inu, actor Robbie Magasiva and the voice of 'One Tribe TV' "Marshy". Rugby Union was represented by Piri Weepu, Rene Ranger, Liam Messam, Robbie Fruean, 'Outrageous Fortune's' Antony Starr and singer Vince Harder.
The battle consisted of seven rounds, including games such as 'human buzzer' (a quiz where a team must slap their selected buzzer, Marshy and Piri Weepu respectively, over the head in order to answer the question), 'the poem' (where one player must recite a poem in an "alien" language, with the second player translating it into English for the third player, who must then act out the poem with interpretive dance) and multiple physical challenges (where both teams had to reenact performances from a ribbon gymnastics squad and a dance troupe).
Highlights included Marshy and James Maloney reenacting the famous catch scene from 'Dirty Dancing', Kevin Locke giving a member of the crowd a lift in his low-rider car comprised of teammates (hydraulics included!) and the team performing a ribbon gymnastics routine. The battle for the 2011 'Stage of Origin' went right to the decided, when both teams had to reenact a complex dance routine from a dance troupe.
With Robbie Fruean tearing his shirt off for the ladies in the crowd, team Rugby Union looked like they had the game wrapped up... but the League boys weren't prepared to give up without a fight with every member on the team following Fruean's example, taking off their shirts and posing for the crowd, earning them the one point victory.
Bring on 'Stage of Origin' 2012!
Thu, Mar 17th 2011
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