Improving Scotland must avoid Wooden Spoon
Boy oh boy I enjoyed that game. Brilliant, superb and oh so close, but the sad thing is that it was gallant failure once more.
I write this at Heathrow airport, talking to Irish rugby legend Tony Ward, who says Scotland were unlucky.
Hand on heart, that was the best Scottish performance at Twickenham I have seen. So can Scotland beat Italy?
In fact, do we have to beat Italy to rescue a season?
I never criticise referees but the fact that Mike Tindall received the Calcutta Cup from his future mother-in-law was in part due to the referee's foibles before Andy Robinson's voodoo act which must have involved a doll, some pins in the calf and a sorry referee hobbling from the field.
I didn't understand many of the penalties given against Scotland but that's all I'll say, and to be fair to England their try came when Scotland had 15 on the pitch.
In terms of competition, it was a massively improved performance form Scotland that had as its foundation Rhuaridh Jackson's coming of age, Geoff Cross adding impetus when he came on the pitch and a host of players, from Sean Lamont to Richie Gray, from Ross Ford (who needs to be more accurate in the lineout) to Joe Ansboro, having superb games.
Chris Paterson, too, with his cover tackle, justified his inclusion.
Scottish impetus was back, the abrasion in contact was good and it was much, much more like it.
The trouble is that England were subdued and played badly. Toby Flood was far too keen to attack wide early on and the whole side looked tired and nervous.
And it's played four and lost four for Scotland. It's an accurate record but could it have been different? Is this a really bad season? Have Scotland been unlucky? Are there signs of improvement and, if there are, does it matter given the loss? The defence was better, but we still lost.
Scotland perhaps created more in this 80 minutes than before but Italy now come to Murrayfield and Scotland have to win to avoid the Wooden Spoon.
And now that the Italians have seen off the French they will be more confident, with yet more pressure on Scotland.
What do Scotland need to do to beat Italy? They need to scrummage well from the start of the game, defend the same way as they did against England and score more points.
It was a less than triumphal England, and at least some of the pundits would have been shut up for a while, but now another hard, hard game looms.
I love the Six Nations.
John Beattie co-presents Sport Nation every Saturday on BBC Radio Scotland at 0900 GMT, and co-presents Sport Nation on TV, on the first Tuesday of every month at 1900 GMT on BBC Two Scotland.