THE All Blacks shock loss to England on Saturday did little to dampen the spirits of Kiwis looking to party in London on Saturday.
The world champions went down 38-21 at Twickenham, their first loss since August 2011 and first defeat to England in nearly a decade.
While the Haka was drowned out at the stadium by the voices of 80,000 home fans singing Swing Low Sweet Chariot, the New Zealanders in the crowd still managed to make themselves heard, especially when second-half tries to Julian Savea and Kieran Read gave them belief a fight-back was on the cards.
It wasn’t to be, but most New Zealanders managed to put the result behind them and enjoy the evening.
“The match was a disappointment but it was still a great experience being here,” Wellington’s James McIlwraith told the New Zealand Times after the match.
“England deserved to win.”
Many of those that were not lucky enough to have tickets to the match packed into Kiwi House, which was reprised in a new location on the east side of the city after its success during the Olympic Games.
After the big screens disappeared following the rugby, those in attendance were treated to the sounds of Melic, knocking back around 9000 bottles of Steinlager, according to MC Jarred Christmas.