England's head coach Stuart Lancaster should be feeling quietly optimistic as he prepares to name his autumn Test squad on Thursday.
Saracens scored their first try in eons but it was not enough to upstage the latest return of Gavin Henson.
Saracens have not scored a try now for 260 minutes but they still did enough to spoil Harlequins' perfect start to the season and seize third place in the Aviva Premiership table.
Sitting in a hotel room in Australia in June watching England play the Springboks on television is not an experience Andy Farrell is keen to repeat.
English rugby unveiled a shiny new initiative for the future on Tuesday in the shape of a new performance academy for its brightest talent, a reminder to the senior squad that everyone has a shelf life.
England are poised to play home Tests away from Twickenham for the first time since 1998, in order to promote the 2015 World Cup across the country.
This was not quite what BT had in mind when agreeing to pay England's leading clubs a wedge of cash to televise their matches.
Harlequins are wearing the mantle of champions lightly but there is a feeling that the defence of their crown begins now.
The former England international says he would be disappointed to see Slammin' Sam give up on his rugby union adventure.
The former England international discusses the need for top talent to better itself abroad and picking the best players for each position with HITC Sport.
The former England international discusses potential Stuart Lancaster successors and selection policy with HITC Sport.