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"Oh please, Beyonce joining in on the haka wasn't disrespectful, she truly soaked it up and embraced it!
"How would an American know that imitating a haka while it's being performed is disrespectful to Maori?" YouTube account holder Karl Ward noted.
Whether Beyonce should or should have not done the haka, it's clear that the Grammy-winning star meant no disrespect.
The ka mate haka used by the All Blacks since 1905 is a variation of a dance invented in 1820 by Te Rauparaha, chief of the Ngati-Toa tribe.
For much of the past decade a trust representing the tribe fought - and ultimately lost - a battle to register copyright of the haka's words.
The Kapa o Pango haka, widely criticised for its closing 'throat-slitting' gesture, was especially commissioned by the New Zealand Rugby Football Union.
The Haka is a type of ancient Maori war dance traditionally used on the battlefield, as well as when groups came together in peace.
Today, Haka is still used during Maori ceremonies and celebrations to honour guests and show the importance of the occasion.
The question of how to square up to the haka has already been taxing some Welsh fans in the build-up to the match.
One online fan, responding to a message board question on what the Welsh crowd can do to combat the haka, wrote, 'You want to make an impact on the Kiwi players?