Crows could make a habit out of their haka stance

Adelaide haven't ruled out continuing their eye-catching power stance during the national anthem for the remainder of the finals.

The stance, which was put into practice during the national anthem before last Thursday's win over Greater Western Sydney, was driven by the leadership group and in part was derived from the haka, an ancient Maori war dance made famous by the All Blacks.

Instead of linking arms, all 22 Crows and coach Don Pyke stood a set distance apart with their arms down, slightly away from their sides.

It seemed to catch the attention of several Giants players, who hesitated at the end of the anthem while Crows players remained still for an extra few seconds.

"There did seem to be a void, the players thought there might have been something else coming," Giants footy boss Wayne Campbell toldFairfax Media.

"No one else seemed to move, the umpires or the Crows players. We started the game well though. I don't think it added to the result."

Pyke wouldn't buy into the commentary after the game when asked about it in the media conference.

"No, not particularly," Pyke said, when asked directly if there was anything to it.

While the club wouldn't be drawn publicly on it, it's understood the ploy may again be used on Friday week when the Crows host Geelong or Sydney at the Adelaide Oval.

Former Richmond and Collingwood forward Brian Taylor is adamant that the stance was a deliberate attempt to rattle the opposition.

"Equally spaced, have you ever seen that before? Never," Taylor told Channel Seven's Talking Footy.

"This was planned by Adelaide, and it was derived out of the haka.

"Absolutely, it was 100 per cent [about intimidation]."

The Adelaide squad returned home on Tuesday after a three-day retreat to the Gold Coast, as they continue to change things up during their 15-day build-up to the preliminary final.

Players will return to the club's home base at West Lakes on Thursday for training, following a rest day on Wednesday.

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