The USA women's game loss and series loss thanks to Friday's 18-12 defeat to France was a slightly infuriating one.
The Eagles left some points on the field, certainly, as Sadie Anderson was close but no cigar on several kicks. But they also squandered chances by being too slow to move the ball to the outside backs in space - sometimes shockingly so.
Inexperience in the backline contributed to that, but the players also found themselves being sucked into a more physical battle with the hard-nosed French team. Had the USA played keep-away more, worked fast ball, and passed much more, they could have won going away. Instead they sought out contact, and paid for it.
"I wouldn't say any national team is vulnerable anywhere," said French captain Mary-Alice Yahe. "But we knew they were very good in the outside backs, and we had to work very hard to prevent them from getting the ball outside."
They had help from the Eagles.
"We were playing their game instead of ours," said try-scorer Erica Cavanaugh, who was the Eagles' most dangerous attacker, and also contributed a try-saving tackle. "We just needed to move the ball."
Cavanaugh said her try showed what the team could do, but it came too late.
"It was a game-changer for us, as we started to pick up the pace if the game, but we didn't have enough time."
Straight-talking from the former University of Virginia wing, but you might expect a wing to say the team should run more; what about a prop?
"I feel like we played OK but we didn't play to our potential," said prop forward Jamie Burke. "When we play a faster game it gets harder for [France] to keep up with us. That was strategically done, but we made some mistakes and some penalties and didn't maintain the ball at some critical moments."
So the message was that this series loss perhaps taught some lessons. Certainly some young players who are used to breaking tackles and scoring on breakaways need to learn they should pass more and not assume anything on a line break. And if you want to play a fast game, indecision is a killer.
Owen Goff contributed to this report.