England’s Six Nations campaign ended in heartbreaking fashion after they suffered their worst defeat to Wales in 132 years.
They were not only beaten by the Welsh but embarrassed by hosts who showed more passion, fight and desire in a game that should have been much a closer affair.
I had predicted we could carry on our unbeaten form and win our first Grand Slam in a decade but from the very first minute to the last, Wales were in relentless ascendency.
You could see our young, inexperienced side struggled to deal with the momentous occasion while most of their opponents had won a grand slam last year.
I do believe our side will improve, though, once they forget this demolition. We have lost only twice in ten Six Nations matches under Stuart Lancaster, with this being the first defeat away from home, but the coach will be concerned with a lack of cutting edge.
England have created just one try in their past four matches, and that was a fortuitous one, and Lancaster will also be worried about the way we crumbled under the pressure.
We were outfought physically, mentally and looked shell-shocked when the match had finished and the Welsh began their celebrations.
England have won one Grand Slam in 18 years and secured one championship in ten, while Wales have had three Slams in eight years and can now celebrate four championships in nine.
Fans may point out a number of key decisions went in favour of the home side, but I don’t think the end result would have been any different had they gone in our favour.
Lancaster will now use the summer tour of Argentina to uncover new talent, develop some of England’s rising stars and increase the depth of players available.
We now have to learn from this defeat if we hope to be successful in the future.
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