RFU Championship: Bedford Blues 41 Moseley 12
Silence. Andy Reay furrowed his brow and scratched his head and found identifying a positive in Moseley's defeat to Bedford as difficult as preventing it.
The heaviest loss for a year, a dislocated rib for Neil Mason, more cuts than your average government cabinet meeting and his own banged knee, there was indeed more cloud than silver lining.
Then, after a lengthy pause the stand-in skipper eventually offered: "It is a kick up the backside. This will bring us back down to earth and show us we are where we are."
Indeed it will. It also hints at where they are going, which is not in a northerly direction unless second half collapses such as this can be avoided at all costs.
"In the last ten minutes we had a few knocks and bangs and they had their tails up when we let them into the game," Reay continued.
"We missed a couple of opportunities and you are going to be struggling against a team as good as Bedford on the front foot.
"We need to watch the video, we are not pointing fingers but people have got to know as a team and as a collective. We weren't there 100 per cent as a team and if you play at 90 per cent in this league you will get 40 points put on you."
It is, perhaps, then fortunate - in a perverse way - that Worcester are Moseley's next opponents. Anything less than 110 per cent and the outcome could be more embarrassing even than this.
Especially with Richard Hill likely to stick a rocket up his men after their own poor performance in beating Doncaster.
"Intensity wise we were a step off to where we have been in the last couple of weeks," Reay added. "Although we haven't been winning particularly a bit of complacency came in and you can't play hard rugby without the graft.
"It's a wake up call for us, we were thinking we were better than we are. We will have a hard Tuesday and get back down to a lot of hard work."
First on the agenda will be tackling. Reay admitted James Short, who finished the match with four tries, was a slippery customer but also agreed he had been made to look good.
Next will be finding a cutting edge in the threequarters and working out when to release them, which is not only when the forwards have scratched around for a few phases and run out of ideas - or pods.
Much to be done then at Billesley Common and not much time in which to do it.
BEDFORD: Thrower; Short, Burke (Walshe 70), Bedford, Dodge (Pritchard 16); Dorrian, Chudley (Veenendaal 57); Ovens, Richmond (Clark 58), Boulton (Seal 50), Tupai (Howard 67), Rae (Tomes 77), Gillanders (Howard 16-21), Fraser, Wray
MOSELEY: Carter; Pons J (Bressington 65), Thomas, Reay (MacBurnie 70), Styles; Davies, De La Harpe; Williams, Caves (Protherough 59), Sigley (Voisey 50), Lyons, Stott (Spivey 45), Mason (Maltman 21), Pennycook, Evans. Replacement: Gillick