Perhaps someone has to create a Facebook support team for the myriad players and supporters of the world rugby who think they have hit All Blacks only to end up with nothing. Springbok upright hand in hand with Irish and English. U ok hun. Big hugs. Xxxxx.
This was the 20th time since the 2011 World Cup, where New Zealand was back in half in a test. They have lost only four of them.
Returns everywhere, many from far behind: 22-7 behind Ireland in November 2013 before winning 24-22. twice coming from 17 points down against South Africa last month, including that it is 12 points down to four minutes to go; 15 points down here on Saturday with England unlearned and I hope to climb and the carriage to run.
Do not forget these things. Neither England's early advantage was anything but deserved. In a contest worth waiting for 1,463 days, they began not only at a different speed than last week but in a different universe.
He was fierce, disciplined, ruthless with rhythms and a wonderful clinic. Chris Ashton finished as Twickenham remembered Chris Ashton finishing. The maul that carried the second test was so gloriously unprecedented and more yawning than rolling.
A game of thin margins
To see the world champions who have been injured under foot made sober on the giddy stands and half cleared delirious. If England finished as it had begun, it would be another famous victory to hang next to the irregular glories of 2012, 2002 and 1993.
They came close. Instead, the same tight margins and calls that had broken them freed them saw them fall a little. A line that had dominated the first half cracked and then cracked. The penalties that were struck in the corner and not in the positions failed to bring the points that the bet demanded. A target to fall to death has never been called.
Everything was understandable. This is the England side with half the hats of a team that has won the last two World Cups and is a clear favorite for the next. These penalties were from the width and the torrential rain. The goal scored, Captain Owen Farrell said, arrived before the ball was lost.
"It was the right decision"
Many in the crowd thought it was unfair, judging from the malicious boos that welcomed the final whistle. Sam Underhill's late trial had the style that is worth winning a game rather than getting well after the end of his celebrations.
For those who put poetry in front of practicality, they should have done it. The letter of the law was the right decision. You may not agree with the idea that a TMO call should be for anything other than bad but you can not criticize officials for proper law enforcement as they apply.
In these chaotic moments memories fell short. Against South Africa seven days ago, England won the benefit of calling TMO in the last act of the game to come as winners from a single point. On Saturday they did not, and Underhill stayed with a shiner rather than an attempt to talk until his dotage.
Eddie Jones then spoke of being destroyed. It's also wise enough to understand that titles are rarely the complete story.
Another big hand was lost
Just as All Blacks made a habit of pulling hat rabbits, England has repeatedly left the cat outside the bag.
In three of their five oppositions in the southern hemisphere in 2018 they have established important guides only to give them up: 24-3 in the first summer Test against the Springboks, 12-0 in the second and now 15-0 in the best.
It might have been different if Farrell's attempt to transform Ashton's effort did not hit the post, though no one could accuse him of missing the threatening line. The relaxed reboot following Damian McKenzie's test at the end of the first half was rather more costly, creating the hold and pressure that led to Beauden Barrett's penalty a few minutes later.
They were also grateful for a disappointment from Steve Hansen's men who did not come often, not less than the passage of Aaron Smith behind Ardie Savea when the open had an open test line in front of him.
"Sometimes your game loves you and sometimes does not love you," Jones said.
"We had the chances of winning the game, but we did not get them, and they did, so they deserved to win the game."
Reasons for the promising for England
All Blacks are not infallible. Springboks proved that in Wellington and Ireland in Chicago. Some of this England team made last summer the jersey of the English and Irish Lions.
Neither do you feel the whole week, this game means both for them and for the hosts. England had achieved this match for four years. You can set yourself against the best, unless you are the best, so everyone you face is outsider.
Perhaps a England victory would not have changed very much at the next World Cup. The team that hit All Blacks six years ago came out in the group stages when it really mattered. The New Zealand team, which fell to the second biggest defeat in its history, continued to keep its crown in an indifferent way.
However, on one side that had won 10 out of 11 this year, which had 819 caps in its original compared to 440 hats and was only one player in addition to the first option, it was encouraging: a loss of a point when the middle defeat issued by All Blacks in 2018 was 24. Only one attempt admitted when the opposition had run into at least four in each of their last 12 fights.
"I think we showed a lot of character in a hostile environment," said coach Steve Hansen.
And England. A autumn that started with problems across the park has brought a win and a loss that might have gone the other way, but with them a clear sense of progress. Saturday was close enough for now.