The last time South Africa lost all their autumn Tests they at least went down swinging.
Precisely what Eddie Jones does or not does not say is generally less important than the key messages he is trying to impart.
Warren Gatland goes into his ninth Six Nations in charge of Wales confident that his largely unchanged squad can build on a brave World Cup campaign in adversity and keep top players away from the chequebooks of leading English and French clubs.
This was undoubtedly Ireland’s day on the battlefield but, despite a fine win that secures safe passage to the kinder half of the knockout draw, their World Cup campaign may have suffered a series of grievous blows.
The former Wales captain Gwyn Jones accused England of persistent underachievement after watching them lose to Australia at Twickenham to send Wales and the Wallabies through to the World Cup quarter-finals.
Warren Gatland is committed to seeing out his contract with Wales until the end of the 2015 World Cup, when he will consider his options.
Not since 1954 had Wales won the championship after losing their opening game.