Scotland will not get many better chances to break their long drought at Twickenham than Sunday's agonising Calcutta Cup loss, but Chris Paterson believes that it set a marker showing that there is nothing between the teams for their next crucial meeting in September.
Scotland's litany of failure at Twickenham will be into a fourth decade by the time they come back, but rarely in 28 years of fruitless visits to south-west London have they given a performance of more battling commitment than they did in going down narrowly and controversially in the spring sunshine on Sunday.
Stopping the longest streak of failure in European rugby against a team almost rampant with self-confidence is the task facing a Scotland squad holding on to the last strands of confidence in a Six Nations that promised much but delivered the same old story.
Ross Ford is staying in Scotland for the next two years and aims to become a leader with both Edinburgh and the national team in that time but he plans to stay a slow burning influence rather than a fiery character on the pitch, even in the heart of Sunday's Calcutta Cup clash with England.
Scotland will have their fourth different midfield partnership in as many games, another switch of scrum-halves and a further rejig of the back row as head coach Andy Robinson battles to come up with a combination to get his side back to winning ways in Sunday's Calcutta Cup match against England at Twickenham.
Scotland defence coach Graeme Steadman gave the clearest hint yet that Ruaridh Jackson will continue in the play-making role against England in the Calcutta Cup at Twickenham on Sunday by underlining the importance that the 23-year-old "gets another chance."
Edinburgh plunged to their seventh successive defeat tying the club's record low and their fourth to the Cardiff Blues this season as the Welsh side won with something to spare in their Magners League clash at an echoing Murrayfield on Friday night.
Significant reconstruction of Scotland's club rugby leagues is back on the agenda with at least three clubs-two from the Caledonia region-known to have warned the Scottish Rugby Union that the crippling travel costs from the present structure are close to putting them out of business.
Scotland came within inches of carrying off an outrageous comeback victory against Ireland in Sunday's RBS Six Nations clash but the true gap between the teams was far more conclusive than the narrow 21-18 scoreline at Murrayfield.
Any man wearing the number 10 shirt for Scotland in the last decade has often been viewed with something between scepticism and plain hostility by the fans, and the search for someone to grasp the mantle of John Rutherford, Craig Chalmers and Gregor Townsend reaches a new level in tomorrow's RBS Six Nations international against Ireland.