I knew the new coaching team of Warren Gatland, Shaun Edwards and Rob Howley would make a difference - but what a difference!
There was a strange symmetry to Saturday’s game - Wales did their very best to give it to England in the first half and England returned the favour in the second.
It was a tremendous fightback by Wales. I thought 16-6 at the break was a fair reflection of England’s dominance in the first half. But only 10 points is nothing in the modern game so the match wasn’t over by any stretch of the imagination.
If Wales had conceded just before half-time it might well have been a different proposition. But they didn’t - they held on when they weren’t playing well, and then showed a lot of resilience and character to fight back.
Whatever was said at half-time... bottle it up and keep it! Wales had far more urgency in the second half. There were two key areas where Wales improved significantly after the interval, holding onto the ball and applying pressure.
The new coaching team were always going to demand a certain level of mental toughness and commitment - and that came through in abundance.
You could sense they were starting to believe as they kept the scoreboard ticking over in the second half. Ryan Jones made some good decisions to ensure Wales kept picking up three points and eating into the gap between the teams. And then Lee Byrne went over for a beautifully-worked try after a great chase downfield.
Wales were getting into the England 22, holding on to the ball and creating the overlap, which didn’t happen in the first half. That put doubt in England’s minds - you could see by their faces they weren’t quite sure. They totally lost their way due to the pressure Wales were exerting.
The attention now turns to next weekend’s game against Scotland.
I hope the injuries clear up - Alun Wyn Jones put a lot of hard work into Saturday’s game before picking up an ankle problem. We can’t afford too many injuries this early in the season so hopefully Wales will not be too depleted for next weekend.
Scotland will be another physical challenge. But Wales have played one - away from home - and won one, and we couldn’t have asked for a better start than that.