It has become a familiar refrain but Gary Player's favourite one-liner sprang to mind as Jonny Wilkinson hoisted the most personally-satisfying trophy of his life on Saturday, the 2003 Rugby World Cup included.
They say that only the greats can tinker with fate.
English success in Europe has been a rare phenomenon in recent seasons but this year's Heineken Cup draw offers at least a glimmer of genuine hope.
Rob Howley will learn on Monday whether his time in charge of the Wales team continues to be dogged by injury.
On the field, an English club lost – again – but off it was where those sifting for encouragement might find succour.
French clubs have gained a reputation for treating the Heineken Cup, or H Cup as it is known across the Channel, with a mixture of indifference and disdain, a tournament with an Anglo-Saxon disciplinary system that messes up the Top 14 schedule. Toulon, however, are taking it seriously.
Following the great drama witnessed on Tuesday & Wednesday night in the Champions League, Rugby has its own spectacular showpieces this weekend as Ulster, Edinburgh, Clermont and champions Leinster compete for a spot in the Heineken Cup final at Twickenham on May 19th.