Perhaps the sheer novelty of seeing competitive rugby being played again helped but by the end of Super Fan Saturday, the lack of supporters at Loftus was almost forgotten for viewers.
From an outsider's perspective, it also seemed as if the players adapted reasonably well too.
But South Africa's four Super Rugby captains clearly noted a common trend: the experience was "different".
Here's what each of them had to say.
SIYA KOLISI (STORMERS)
DUANE VERMEULEN (BULLS)
ELTON JANTJIES (LIONS)
LUKHANYO AM (SHARKS)
- Compiled by Heinz Schenk