But as well as kicking seven penalties and dropping two goals, Wilkinson also missed with five kicks at goal and two more drop goal attempts. But when it came to the crunch, he was up to the task.
"It was very tricky out there with the wind. It was disappointing as well because had I put a couple of the other kicks over then maybe we might found ourselves with a lead," admitted Wilkinson
"As it was they just kept getting back into the game, playing brilliantly and forced us to go right to the end. It could have gone either way.
"But you stick your head down and just go for it. I missed a couple off the tee and I thought with the drop goal at the end that if I miss this I might not go back into the changing room afterwards.
"I thought the guys deserved better than this after working so hard to get the penalties - I should have put a few more over. All you can do is keep fighting towards the end and keep trying to do the right thing.
"I was trying to think clearly about the process, of where I was on the field. I was thinking about what I was trying to go and getting the right contact and visualising in my mind what needed to be done to try to make it more said and done deal.
"You try to line the physical thing with what you put in your head before hand and thankfully that went well.
"This place lives for rugby, there is no other way to . They adore the sport, the passion and the tradition that goes with it. It is as intense anywhere else I have ever seen at Twickenham and in England. The spirt here means you go to the end of what you have got - we are a team together."