Defeat at Twickenham for England creates a whole host of reactions, but Saturday's aftermath in one newspaper revolved around fear and doom.
Fear that England are in a irreversible slump and doomed to fail at the next Rugby World Cup, with the foundations of the national game need immediate change and that nothing will be good again until Sir Clive Woodward returns to coaching set-up.
What's more, the long-term plan of amassing camps amongst younger stars to build them up for 2015 is apparently flawed. Rather than let them flourish, calls instead were made for the return of veteran Dean Schofield, the seriously injured Hendre Fourie and sprightly 39-year old Simon Shaw amongst others. Fear-mongering at it's finest.
The reaction is so astonishing because England are far from a team getting hammered every week - they are a team who continue to learn with every outing, making mistakes, but not without positives.
Take Saturday's defeat to South Africa as an example, in a match where England were expected to be outmuscled against a side with 431 caps to their own 233.
Rather than another physical mauling as witnessed on occasion during the June series, England matched the Springboks' physicality in defence and at the scrum, edging the latter battle down to the rulings of Nigel Owens with South Africa conceding four penalties and two free kicks. Interpretation is everything and according to Owens, Alex Corbisiero had the edge over Jannie du Plessis.
Many more stats fall in England's favour - possession (58%), territory (60%), defenders beaten (15) and tackling success rate (90.6%). Yet, inevitably, there are areas where they were poor and it proved costly.
The lineout partnership of Tom Youngs and Geoff Parling has been perfect coming into the match against South Africa, with 28/28 throws made against Fiji and Australia. On Saturday, under pressure from the outstanding Eben Etzebeth, it spluttered.
That unfortunately is the problem with inexperienced players and combinations. England's lineout was brilliant against Australia, yet their scrum was woeful. Fast forward seven days and you have the reverse.
Where concern lies most however is with the attack. England's stats going forward appear excellent initially - 161 passes made, 431 metres mate, five clean breaks - except for one stat in particular; no tries.
Not long ago England were heavily criticised for being unable to carry out basic passing skills. Now those skills are excellent, except they look and feel drilled in, not natural. For all of their possession against the Springboks, there was not nearly enough invention or cutting edge to really break down the South African wall.
Fielding Chris Robshaw as a first receiver to lure in defenders only truly works if the England captain makes ground, but on Saturday he was static, unable to create momentum. By the time Toby Flood received the ball on second phase, South Africa were in his face.
On top of that, England have a problem in Brad Barritt. His work-rate is exceptional in defence, but he offers so little going forward - just eight metres made on Saturday - that England become stagnant before Manu Tuilagi and the back three can even dream of getting the ball (although when Chris Ashton had his moment to shine following Tuilagi's interception, he infuriatingly chose to pass rather than back his pace.)
Stuart Lancaster expressed his ambition to have two playmakers in midfield when he first took the job last December, but for now there are no obvious candidates for the inside centre berth. Jonathan Joseph's burst of pace and footwork are essential to livening up England's attack, but he cannot do it alone.
England do though remain full of potential, with Tom Youngs, Joe Launchbury, Alex Goode and others making progress this month and with Dylan Hartley, Tom Croft, Courtney Lawes and Ben Foden all to return. The experience of key decisions in the last two weeks will benefit Robshaw's leadership in the future.
In time, possibly under this management, England will turn narrow defeats such as Saturday's into victories, but it will take patience rather than a Chelsea-esque move of drastic restructuring and panic. The hysteria surrounding the seedings for the next RWC have left many ignorant to the fact that if England are good enough by 2015, they will defeat anybody.
Against New Zealand, nobody expects England to win. What better time to express yourself?
by Ben Coles