So, Wales have begun their autumn campaign with a disappointing 38-21 defeat to France in Paris.
Here’s the story of the match on a night when the men in red were outclassed to make it four losses in a row.
There’s been a lot of talk about essentials and non-essentials this weekend, but one absolute essential in rugby is having a solid defence.
Unfortunately, the Welsh rearguard was found wanting as they conceded five tries, with their system exposed and unpicked.
Another essential is taking your points, but, with the game in the balance, eight of them went begging as Dan Biggar was uncharacteristically off target with three shots at goal.
While things began really well for the visitors, who raced into an early 10-0 lead, the picture change dramatically as the first half wore on.
There was always going to be a lot of focus on defence, with Wales’ long-time guru Shaun Edwards in the opposition camp.
And the harsh truth is Wayne Pivac’s men were unable to cope with the attacking threat posed by Les Blues.
Their tactic was clearly to fly up and put pressure on the French, but if it goes wrong it’s a risky ploy…and it went wrong a couple of times.
Romain Ntamack had tormented them in Cardiff back in February and it wa