The Italians had been bullish all week about their chances and they saw the Wales game as their primary hope of getting a win in the 2003 RBS 6 Nations.
They fully justified that confidence and totally dominated our forwards - they were aggressive and robust in the loose, and broke the first tackle on far too many occasions.
Amazingly, Wales had a weight advantage but you would never have known it. They didn't match Italy's raw aggression and never gained territorial advantage.
The Italians kicked very well - they kicked at the right times and because they saw a reason to do so - whereas Wales just seemed to be kicking to get rid of the ball.
There has been some talk about Steve Hansen's position since the defeat but replacing him would be the worst thing that could possibly happen.
We've done this time and time again, and changing coach, as we always seem to do before a World Cup, is not the thing to do. Steve has to work with the talent available and the options available to him are not huge.
Wales scored a couple of nice tries against Italy and there were a few decent performances - Martyn Williams in particular produced a sterling display - but, without making sweeping generalisations, there was a lack of determination and too many players went missing.
On the back of such a poor result, this weekend's game with England looks ominous. You only hope that Wales can find their character and passion again because they are going to need lots of it.
The English will be overwhelming favourites after their victory against France and if players go missing again then Wales could be on the wrong end of a huge scoreline.
One positive to take into the match is that a lacklustre French side managed to score three tries at Twickenham, but I can't see a Wales win on Saturday.
What really matters, especially to the public, is that they regain some credibility by giving total commitment in what will be a desperately difficult match.