MIKE RUDDOCK now knows what it feels like to lose in the Six Nations after Wales failed at the first hurdle to defend their Grand Slam title.
The Wales coach faces a new experience, and a tough and searching week after his first defeat in six games in the tournament.
Now the key for him is to find a way to rebuild the shattered confidence of the Grand Slam champions after this one-sided defeat.
Ruddock won every game last season but had to watch England rediscover themselves and keep their unbeaten 18-year record at Twickenham.
Wales showed flashes of the total-rugby style that brought them a first Grand Slam since 1978, but they were steamrollered by a rampant England. They had no answer to England's power game.
But where does Ruddock go from here? Nobody would argue with his selection for this game but his side failed to cope with England's power.
Wales were taken to the cleaners up front and the Welsh pack came off second best all afternoon as the white mean machine went through the gears at HQ.
Ruddock will not be happy his side conceded six tries and he will also know he has his work cut out this week.
But of even more concern will be the way the heads of the Welsh players dropped in the last 20 minutes of this game. The sight of the Welsh players lined up behind the posts at Twickenham has become an enduring image for Welsh fans since 1988.
Ruddock will know that his side were just worn down by English power and despite trying to run the home side off their feet, it was Wales who needed the oxygen bottles at full time.
Martyn Williams' sin-binning at the start of the second half (left) didn't help the Welsh cause but it wasn't the reason the visitors lost. They were simply out-gunned and lost to the better side.
The only crumb of comfort for the Wales coach is that his side face Scotland in Cardiff next weekend and will be expected to get back on track at the Millennium Stadium.
But Wales do need to find a genuine ball-carrier and the loss of Ryan Jones and Brent Cockbain through injury is proving a heavy burden for this side.
Wales don't have an abundance of big physical athletes and Ruddock was dealt another blow just before kick-off with the loss from the bench of Gareth Delve with a hamstring injury.
The Bath backrower was the 13th player to be ruled out of the Wales side for this game with suspension, injury or retirement. Ruddock must be wondering who he has offended since he picked up the Grand Slam.
What the Wales coach would have done to have his best line-up to take on an England side in transition. Just like Twickenham, this England side are in a rebuilding phase, but they did a pretty effective demolition job on Wales yesterday.
The early exchanges demonstrated the classic clash of styles of the two sides. Wales wanted to break up the game and run England off their feet. While England wanted to slow it down and dominate with their traditional power game.
Wales showed how determined they were to stick to their attacking principles and philosophy from the first whistle. Wing Mark Jones nearly conjured up a dream comeback against England after more than two years since his last game against the same opposition. Peel's quick tap-penalty had started it all and Jones was away.
He skinned lock Steve Borthwick but was held up just short of the line and didn't see centre Hal Luscombe on his inside. It was a vital chance that went begging.
Wales then suffered after a spate of blood bin incidents. With Matthew Watkins off the field, skipper Thomas was pressed into service as an emergency centre and was exposed in defence by England. Mike Tindall powered through before wing Mark Cueto cut a superb line to score the game's first try. Hodgson slotted over the conversion before fly-half Stephen Jones replied with a penalty.
Wales then should have been awarded a penalty try after Ben Cohen tapped away the ball behind the try-line from the clutches of Shane Williams.
England started to turn the screw with their classic power game and flanker Lewis Moody was driven over from a lineout and Wales were 15-3 behind and struggling.
Just as Wales looked like they were ready to crumble, they got back in the game. Owen took a lineout and Peel caught the English defence napping and was away. He was hauled down in the shadow of the posts but managed to offload to flanker Williams for the try.
Jones added the conversion and Wales had clawed their way back into the game and went in 15-10 at half-time still alive. It was beautifully poised.
Hodgson and Jones swapped penalties but Wales found themselves down to 14-men after flanker Williams was sin-binned for a professional foul on his opposite number Moody. He dummy-jumped across the Englishman and was shown the yellow card by referee Paul Honiss.
While Williams was out of the action, England punished Wales with a further eight points to make the score 26-13 midway through the second half. Hodgson added a third penalty before Tindall scored England's third try.
Lawrence Dallaglio, back in an England shirt again, then rubbed salt into the wounds when he came off the bench to crash over for another try. Another England veteran, Matt Dawson, did the same after a comedy of errors at a Welsh scrum, before substitute Voyce went over for the sixth.
Scorers - England: Tries - M Cueto, L Moody, M Tindall, L Dallaglio, M Dawson, T Voyce. Cons - C Hodgson (2), A Goode (2). Pens - C Hodgson (3).
Wales: Tries - M Williams. Cons - S Jones. Pens - S Jones (2)