It wasn’t pretty but it was mighty effective – England muscled their way to victory 15-9 against Scotland at Murrayfield.
One thing we have already learned … the Eddie Jones model is a team extremely well organised, defensively sound and difficult to beat.
There was no question that England deserved the victory – two tries to none and overall domination of possession.
It left Scotland playing off scraps.
So new captain Dylan Hartley lifted the Calcutta Cup – the first of many trophies, he will hope.
He played exceptionally well and there was no sign of him losing his rag. Sometimes when you put bad boys in charge they step up to the challenge in true poacher turned gamekeeper manner.
Fingers crossed that Hartley has learned his lesson.
England scored their first try through George Kruis as the pressure generated by big ball-carrying forwards sapped the Scottish defensive effort.
The second came from a lovely piece of skill as prop Mako Vunipola hit Owen Farrell with an inside pass which created space on the outside for Jack Nowell to cross.
It was an isolated example of flair and when Scotland got their chance they fluffed it. Fly half Finn Russell intercepted a pass deep in his own half and had acres of space to run into with a colleague on his outside. He had only to draw the one England defender trying to cut him off and the Scots could have gone all the way. But he panicked, kicked ahead and to his horror it trundled into touch.
Scotland never gave up, it was close all the way through but England were the dominant side.
Jones was clearly determined on a win first up and he achieved it, even if it was devoid of style and hardly likely to have impressed Australia, New Zealand or South Africa.
It is a starting point from which England can build.
Billy Vunipola was the main man making the hard yards.
Both the Vunipolas are lumps who appear to know just the one way to play – go forward, take it to you opposite number and make ground. It is pretty rudimentary, almost old-fashioned. Today’s forwards are supposed to be all-round athletes. Yet the brothers do have rugby brains, can offload and graft as though their lives depend on it.
Next up is Italy away where England ought to win albeit the Azzurri played very well in losing 23-21 to France and should have beaten them.
They have come a long way and on their own patch will be no push over.
And, whisper it, but, with Ireland and France rebuilding, England have a decent chance of a Grand Slam.
Indeed, with Ireland and Wales drawing 16-16, only England are now capable of a Triple Crown triump.
Now that would be a turn up for the books given how poor we were in the World Cup.