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Dublin: 2°C Sunday 11 April 2021

The five-tiered Haka wall that surrounds this school's rugby pitch is more than a bit intimidating

This is intense.

NEW PLYMOUTH BOYS high school waited 13 years for a win over their north-west neighbours Hamilton. But they ended that unwanted streak with a 19 – 16 victory yesterday, after unleashing an incredible five-tiered Haka in their intimidating pit of a rugby pitch.

Having let Hamilton lead off with their own pre-match ritual, the fun starts with the New Plymouth team and students responding.

Nothing unusual there, but up in the ‘stands’ worn into the hillside, there are four more long rows of students following suit.

Source: Cal Davies/YouTube

Eventually, the 15 starters have to stop and actually play a bit of rugby, but that doesn’t mean the supporters have to stop raining noise down from on high.

Source: Cal Davies/YouTube

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