JONNY May felt sick all week but was delighted to leave Wales feeling nauseas as England claimed the Triple Crown.
The Gloucester wing had a field day at a sun-kissed Twickenham as Wales aimlessly peppered the Red Rose back-three with ball to run back.
And following three consecutive defeats to the auld enemy, including last year’s record 30-3 defeat, May was thrilled to deliver on the big occasion.
He said: “Without a doubt that was the biggest game of rugby I’ve played in my life. From where the team was last year, and where the team have been in the last couple of years against Wales, and the tightness of the table, this game really was the big one.
“I felt sick all week, that feeling you get sitting in the changing room before a game I had for about 10 days.
“To have two weeks to stew over it was tough mentally but I’m really pleased I came through it and proved to everyone, and myself, that I can handle it.
“In the back of our heads we knew this would be the biggest challenge and it’s just a relief to have had a big performance as both a team and individually to get the result we wanted.”
England can still add the Six Nations trophy to their growing collection but realistically require France to do them a favour against Ireland.
Both Stuart Lancaster’s men and Ireland are tied on six points but the Celts possess a vastly superior points difference.
But May insists England cannot afford to worry about matters they cannot control and must focus on finishing the Championship with a bang against winless Italy.
He said: “Ireland are doing really well and all we can do is go over to Italy, play a good game and get the result.
“We can’t control the group but we have won the Triple Crown and Calcutta Cup so let’s go and finish with a win. If it happens it happens.
“It’s much better to have just six days to wait this time than another two weeks, we will rest up and go over the detail and then go at Italy on the weekend.”
What lies ahead at Stadio Olimpico will be worlds apart from Twickenham on Sunday.
The crowd were whipped into a pre-match frenzy at HQ and Chris Robshaw led his side to what could have been a much more comfortable victory.
Italy, while no match for Wales, will endeavour to do everything they can to make life difficult for England but May is confident in the manner he has adapted to Test match rugby and is delighted his Cherry and White teammates are following suit.
“The pressure is a level up but I’m learning to deal with it and I’m having the time of my life.
“I’m enjoying my rugby, playing some of my best rugby and I’m learning all the time.
“I’m really pleased for Ben (Morgan) that he’s got an opportunity because Billy (Vunipola) was injured and Billy Twelvetrees is playing really well.
“This was always going to be the big one and it was electric out there but as soon as you start it’s just like any other game.
“Sunday was right up there but we now have to focus on Italy”