After a weekend in which England, Wales and Ireland all suffered defeats in the southern hemisphere, there were a fair few bones to be picked over for each country as they prepare for the next outings in their respective tours.
England's defeat to South Africa threw up plenty of questions, not least the need for more midfield and attacking creativity, as well as the requirement for Stuart Lancaster's team to get more comfortable playing with the ball in hand — something backs coach Mike Catt was readily prepared to admit to himself and an area which will undoubtedly be tackled in training.
On the surface the loss to the Springboks will have caused concern for many onlookers, but for Lancaster it offered enough hope and there can be optimistic overtones to be taken from the outing in Durban.
Manu Tuilagi had his best game for England in a while, while Jonathan Joseph's cameo from the bench offered a glimpse of his ability to turn his talented hand to the international stage.
Owen Farrell's kicking and passing game left a lot to be desired, but these Tests are the perfect environment for the youngster to continue to hone his international experience and it will come.
For Wales their immediate concern is the loss of No.8 Toby Faletau who has been flown home after breaking his hand in the defeat to Australia. On a more long-term note Harry Robinson, the young Cardiff Blues winger who impressed against the Barbarians last week, will continue his education at the highest level against the Brumbies in midweek as Rob Howley pushes on with his own project.
Looking at Ireland's beating by New Zealand there was one overriding impression taken from the game, and sadly for the tourists it did not come from their side.
Julian Savea's devastating hat-trick of tries underlined his phenomenal presence and burgeoning talent, as the young All Black demolished Ireland's defence with a clinical display while at the same time serving full notice of his undeniable prowess.
Excitement at seeing more of the wing means he will be closely watched, and his ability will be interestedly observed as he seeks to build on what already appears to be a fast-developing career at the top.
For all three home nations there is a lot to think about after the weekend's results, and how they use the defeats experienced will prove key not just to the remainder of their respective tours but to what they are trying to achieve further down the line.