ENGLAND took the victory but there's no doubt who will get more enjoyment out of the inquest. Once they get over the pain of defeat, Wales will look back and see many reasons for encouragement.
All England will see are problems. For all their domination in the second half they managed to finish the game looking flat and uncomfortable. They just can't shake negative play out of their system, and through sheer spirit and optimism Wales were able to get back into the game and produce a close scoreline.
Wales have still got a long way to go and will do themselves no favours thinking otherwise. But at least they now know where they are going and have created the makings of a team that can get them there. And that is the big difference when you weigh the lessons of Twickenham. Wales made most of their mistakes through trying to be positive, England through not being positive enough.
Wales were candidates for a hammering yesterday. They went to Twickenham with seven players, including their captain, who had never played in the Championship before. But they had some good, brave ideas, like kicking long at restarts in the hope the England backs would kick for touch, which brought them a lot of lineout ball.
England should note that being positive brings results. Even if what you try doesn't come off at least you've learned from it. Wales have now got something to build on.
England, meanwhile, will have to go back to the drawing board. They came out of the game with many awkward questions to be answered; like what sort of game do they want to play? If it is a more expansive game they want, they need a drastic re-think about one or two positions. …