Maybe someone has to set up a Facebook support group for countless players and world rugby supporters who think they've beaten All Blacks just to finally have nothing. Springbok stands side by side with the Irishman and the Englishman. U ok hun. Big hugs. Xxxxx.
It was the 20th season since the 2011 World Cup in which New Zealand was halfway through the test in the test. They lost only four of them.
They are returning everywhere, a lot from the long way back: 22-7 after Ireland in November 2013, before winning 24-22; twice compared to 17 points compared to South Africa last month, including 12 points down and 4 minutes before the end; 15 points here on Saturday with an Englishman raging and hopeful jumping and chariots swaying.
You do not stuff these things. No previous advantage of England was deserved. In the competition, which was waiting 1,463 days, they started not only other equipment than a week ago, but in another universe.
They were cruel, disciplined, ruthless at pace, and wonderfully clinical. Chris Ashton ended up as Twickenham remembered Chris Ashton's ending. Maul, who brought the second attempt, was both gloriously unseen and more galloping than rolling.
A game about good margins
It can be seen that the world champions trampled underfoot made sobriety in the stands as dizzy and half-crazy. If England ended as it began, it would be another famous win that would appear next to irregular glories in 2012, 2002 and 1993.
They came close. Instead, the same tight margins and connections that jumped out of them made them fall short. The line-out, which dominated in the first half, creaked and then cracked. Penalties that were thrown into the corner, not on pillars, did not bring the points that gambling demanded. The death gate at death was never called.
All this was understandable. This is the scene of England with a half of the team that won the last two World Cups and is clearly the favorite to the next. These penalties were far away and heavy rain. A goal from the drop, said skipper Owen Farrell, appeared before the ball lost.
"It was the right decision"
Many of the crowd considered it unjust, judging by the noisy shouts that greeted the last whistle. Sam Underhill's later attempted beating had a style that deserved to be won, and was not well written after the ceremony.
For those who put poetry before practicality, she should have done it. In the letter of the law it was the right decision. Perhaps you do not agree with the idea that the TMO's call should only apply to a howling, but you can not criticize officials for proper enforcement in the current state.
In these chaotic moments, memories lasted for a short time. Against the Republic of South Africa, seven days ago, England gained the advantage of calling TMO in the last act of the game to win at one point. They did not do it on Saturday, and Underhill was shiny instead of trying to talk until they got to him.
Eddie Jones said later that he was devastated. It is also wise enough to understand that headlines are rare.
Another big advantage is lost
Like all Black people, they have the habit of pulling the rabbits off their hats, so England has repeatedly released the cat from the bag.
In three of the five games against the opposition in the southern hemisphere in 2018 they managed to gain significant advantages only to reject them: 24-3 in the first summer test against Springboks, 12-0 in the second and now 15-0 against the best in the area.
It might have been otherwise if Farrell had attempted to convert Ashton, but he could not blame him for missing from the sideline. The crushed re-start after Damian McKenzie's trial at the end of the first half was quite expensive, creating a resistance and pressure that led to Beauden Barrett's punishment a few minutes later.
They were also grateful for the extravagance of the people of Steve & Hansen, who did not come too often, not only Aaron Smith overtook Ardi Savea when he opened an open trial line in front of him.
"Sometimes the game loves you and sometimes it does not love you," Jones said.
"We had the opportunity to win the match, but we did not take them and it happened so they deserved to win."
Reasons for hope for England
All Black people are not infallible. Springboks proved that in Wellington and Ireland in Chicago. Some of this team of England did it last summer in a shirt of British and Irish lions.
It does not make sense for a whole week whether this game meant as much to them as for the hosts. England tried this duel for four years. You define yourself as the best, unless you are the best, in which case everyone you meet with is weaker.
Maybe winning in England would not change at all to the next World Championships. The band who defeated All Blacks six years ago came out on the group stage when it really did matter. The team of New Zealand, which fell on the second-largest defeat in its history, kept the crown in an unmistakable style.
However, against the team that won 10 out of 11 this year, which had 819 appearances in the early 15th stage compared to 440 appearances, and it was only one player who did not have the full first choice, it was at hand: a one-point loss, when the average defeat dealt by All Blacks in 2018 was by 24; only one attempt was lost when the opposition ran at least four in each of the last 12 matches.
"I think we have shown many characters in a hostile environment," said coach Steve Hansen later.
Same as England. Autumn, which began with problems throughout the park, brought victory and loss, which both could go the other way, but with them a clear sense of progress. Saturday was close enough for now.