Jonny Wilkinson has hailed England's record World Cup warm up victory over Wales as "a great stepping stone".
And Wilkinson also saluted the individual contributions of scrum-half Shaun Perry and four-try number eight Nick Easter after England posted a crushing 62-5 success.
Wilkinson had his own personal reason to celebrate - namely membership of Test rugby's exclusive 900 club after a 17-point haul left him just five behind Australian Michael Lynagh's former World record mark of 911.
Typically though, he gained more satisfaction from an impressive England team performance that saw hapless Wales put to the sword.
Wilkinson said: "The major percentage of any plaudits should go to the guys up front. They did a very good and professional job of keeping the team going forward.
"For us, it is about trying to get the ball rolling a bit and get some things from the training field on to the game field, assessing what is working and what isn't.
"It is a great stepping stone for us. We gave ourselves some things to look at - a chance to be more specific in training now that we have a reference point."
England's forwards steamrollered the Welsh pack, with Perry and Easter bossing the show to such an extent that Wales were battered into submission well inside the hour-mark.
Wilkinson added: "I haven't played a huge amount of rugby with Shaun, but I have spent a lot of time with him. He is a guy who isn't afraid to take responsibility.
"He is fast, powerful and courageous, and if he feels it is not good ball to give to me, he doesn't give it. I thought he showed a huge array of his skills.
"Nick was outstanding on the South Africa tour when there was a real call for people to stand up and be counted.
"It wasn't going to be about playing the pretty stuff and doing fabulous things. It was going to be about standing up and saying you are willing to confront whatever is thrown at you."
England's players reassemble at their University of Bath training base tonight, when one of head coach Brian Ashton's first tasks will be to collect fitness updates on captain Phil Vickery, fullback Mark Cueto and scrum half Peter Richards.
Vickery suffered an ankle problem that forced him off just before half time, but Cueto didn't even make the starting grid after injuring his groin during the pre-match warm-up.
Cueto's withdrawal came so close to kick-off that England had one less than the seven permitted substitutes for the entire game, with only Andy Gomersall and Toby Flood providing cover behind the scrum.
Richards, meanwhile, suffered a back spasm and was unable to take a place on the bench.
Ashton is likely to make several changes for the Twickenham appointment with France next Saturday - it is England's final game before he announces the 30-man World Cup squad - with Charlie Hodgson, Dan Ward-Smith, Josh Lewsey and Kevin Yates among those who can realistically expect opportunities.
There is still no verdict though, on whether or not centre Mike Tindall will be fit and available in time following his battle to recover from a broken leg. A decision is likely sooner, rather than later.
Ashton declared himself satisfied with England's biggest victory in almost three years.
He said: "If someone had said to me on Saturday morning we would beat Wales 62-5, playing like we did, I would definitely have been sceptical.
"We made a lot of line breaks, which you haven't seen from England for some time.
"But two or three things did annoy me.
"There was a lack of ruthlessness after creating chances, with Jason Robinson on one occasion standing unmarked 15 metres from the Wales line for a good 15 seconds, but the ball was repeatedly moved in the opposite direction, which is enough to annoy any coach."