Rugby fans in Pretoria who watched the World Cup match between New Zealand and the Springboks at a public viewing area, have expressed different views following the country’s loss.

New Zealand slammed South Africa to a 23-13 in the opening game of the two teams at 2019’s World Rugby Cup in Japan.

City of Tshwane through its Social Development Department organised the public viewing area.

“I think they played good. We can’t blame them. They tried their best. But there is a lot of games, so we will take the cup home,” says one fan.

“The only thing is just that I am so disappointed about the left wing of the Bokke,” lamented another.

Meanwhile, Tshwane member of the mayoral committee (MMC) on Social Development Sakkie du Plooy says they intend doing this in other parts of the city.

“All we want is bring our people together and you know, when people engage in sport, they are happy. We read papers in SA and we see so many negative things in the city. Many negative things happen. But when we are together in sport, everybody was smiling and we’re still smiling, even if we lost. This is not the end of the world. We know we are going forward. There is tournament going on. So, when it comes to the quarterfinals we will be back.”