Saturday's game in Cardiff was a fairly scrappy affair for the first 60 minutes, with both sides struggling to play any flowing rugby.
England's pack weren't able to exert any real authority on the Welsh forwards and the ball they did secure tended to be slow ball - which isn't the kind of ball the England backline wanted.
I thought England had the game won when we went 9-8 up after 70 minutes. We defended solidly in our own 22 for at least two minutes, and I was surprised that the Welsh didn't attempt a drop goal. The ball was moved out to Gareth Thomas but Josh Lewsey came off his wing and smashed him.
From that point on we should have kicked the ball deep into Welsh territory and forced them to attack from deep.
Instead we turned the ball over on the Welsh 10-metre line and then provided Gavin Henson with the chance to win the game, which he duly did.
It's early days to be talking about the British Lions as this was only the first game of the RBS 6 Nations tournament, but with that one performance alone Henson will have pencilled his name into the tour squad.
I've got no doubt that Clive Woodward and his coaching team will be keeping a close eye on Henson for the rest of the tournament.
Whereas people in England had been hoping that young Mathew Tait would have the fairytale game, it turned out to be Henson's fairytale.
England didn't put Tait in the right channels, but he is a confident young man and I'm sure he'll come back from the experience a better player. He did enough to show that he has a future in international rugby.
There is no doubt that England under Andy Robinson will learn a lot from this game, and it's important to remember that in terms of caps this team is very inexperienced.
Wales showed their experience in the last 10 minutes of the game and they will have walked away from the Millennium Stadium happy with a narrow victory. They did to England in those closing moments what England used to do to other sides.
Next week's game against France is huge for both sides. England don't tend to play badly twice running - although in fairness neither do France - but I would never bet against England at Twickenham.
Italy Under-20s held off a late Samoa blitz to retain their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday and head coach Alessandro Troncon believes the experience will have served as a valuable lesson for his young troops.