Haka Victory Dance Performed By New Zealand Rugby Team Is Too Awesome For Words (VIDEO)

Rugby teams in New Zealand often employ an unusual intimidation tactic at matches: They perform the Haka, a traditional Maori dance full of chest slaps, stomping and yelling.

As entertaining as it is awesome (in the most literal sense of the word), Haka is a pre-battle and celebratory dance that's been performed by the island nation's indigenous people for centuries. It's also probably one of the coolest rituals in today's world of sports.

If you don't believe us, just check out this playlist of the All Blacks, the country's national rugby union team, who dance the Haka before each match. You can also watch this YouTube video (above) featuring the Chiefs, another New Zealand team, celebrating their victory at the Super Rugby finals with a jaw-dropping coordinated performance.

The largest rugby competition in the Southern Hemisphere, Super Rugby 2013 saw teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa vying for the title. Over the weekend, the Chiefs beat the Brumbies, an Australian team, 27-22 to clinch first place. It was the Chiefs' second Super Rugby win in a row.



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