Ireland blamed the bus arriving at Murrayfield 15 minutes late on their 27-22 loss to Scotland past year - and captain Best insisted his side have learned the hard way how to clear unforeseen hurdles.
They had beaten France by three points a week further back, having been tied at 9-9 at half-time, just as they were this weekend, thanks to a poacher's try from Ben Te'o with only 10 minutes left on the clock. You could tell by their speeches and their actions that season how much it meant to them.
The Leinster back was near flawless against Scotland although one crucial mistake from him costing Ireland a try but he was relentless and playing as well as he ever has.
"I wanted the team to be close to the best during the tournament", France coach Jacques Brunel said. So teams can play in an attacking style even without the added incentive of an extra point for crossing the line four times. We were always going to go through this at some stage, any team that is developing as we are goes through these periods where the game doesn't love you.
Only two games ago England were on a run of 24 wins from 25 matches under Jones. "Power is force times mass, and it's how quickly you can accelerate it".
England must win with a bonus point if they want to take the championship to the final day in Twickenham and now, England are leading 6-9 with 10 minutes remaining in the first half.
The group are entitled to let their hair down for a while, and Schmidt confirmed that they will be no training on Sunday, but the Slam, forbidden as a topic before the Scots game, will be all they talk about now.
"I don't know what the answer is other than to just go away and be very critical of ourselves, be very harsh on ourselves", said back-rower Haskell.
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"We must make sure we don't let any distractions catch us", said Best, ahead of Ireland hosting Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
Scotland are still making mistakes, but they have a blueprint for how they want to play.
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"The way we play the game is fast, so when a team gets ahead that is as good as Ireland, they can make it hard for you".
"We think we've prepared well, our mindset is right and our workrate will be good".
Peyper was, unfortunately, to have a busy afternoon with the whistle, with England three times penalised for holding on at the ruck in quick succession to set a bad precedent for the rest of the match.
"Credit to the management team to have prepared us so well for each match with so many players missing", said Sexton.