Last weekend didn't teach us anything remarkably novel about a sport that has been in existence for over a century, although it did reveal much about the accelerating decline of the human race.
What have we learned from Twickenham? Well, the first message we got is that scoreboards do indeed lie. That was the biggest 12-point tonking I've seen in quite a while - a deeply dispiriting performance. We knew after five minutes that this was a forlorn hope.
Ireland coach Andy Farrell revealed he should be blamed for Ireland's Triple Crown demise after an error-strewn first-half display sunk his side's first hope for silverware this season.
Quite whether the game going open has been good for Irish rugby in the wider context is another argument for another day, and a substantial one at that. However, what is beyond dispute is the fact that since the onset of professionalism, Irish rugby in terms of win/lose ratio and trophy return has been more successful than at any time in its long and proud playing history.
There were few positives to be drawn from Ulster's defeat last weekend at the hands of Ospreys but once again one could be found in the performance of Robert Baloucoune who is relishing taking on Ruan Peinaar's Cheetahs at Kingspan on Saturday (7.35pm).
England beat Australia 20-17 in the 2003 World Cup final. There is a common misunderstanding that it was Jonny Wilkinson who won it with a sweetly struck right-footed drop-goal in extra-time. Let me correct you if you believe that England's win that day was down to their out-half.
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