[icWales] ROB SIDOLI last night pleaded with Welsh rugby fans: "Give us time."
The Pontypridd lock - adjudged man of the match in Wales's 19-point loss to England at the Millennium Stadium - said the fans would be rewarded for their patience.
"We have to turn the tide and start winning these sorts of matches, and we will," he said.
"Just give us some time - this is going to be a very, very good side. I think we showed that tonight."
Captain Jonathan Humphreys agreed, saying the improvement shown last night was only the beginning.
"It will take time, but we're getting better," the Bath hooker said.
"We were a lot better than last week in terms of guts, character and self-belief. We started really well and if we'd held on to the pass at the end of the first half, the result could have been a lot different.
"International matches can turn on little things like that and then England hit us with those two tries at the start of the second half.
"We've got a way to go - I'm not saying we haven't - but it's a start. Outside the Welsh camp, nobody gave us a prayer, but at half-time we were in with a shout."
Humphreys admitted that the sin-binning of Steve Williams had been a crucial point in the game. Moments later Joe Worsley crashed over for England's second try.
"We always knew we would go out and play with a lot of passion and pride and I think we showed in the first half that England aren't unbeatable," said Humphreys.
"When Steve Williams was sent to the sin-bin it hit us for six."
England try-scorer Will Greenwood paid a tribute to the Welsh side, saying they fought back from the loss in Rome impressively.
"They've taken a lot of flak this week, the Welsh boys, but they put up a hell of a battle.
"It was a very physical game they disrupted us and got in amongst us. We got away with a victory over a very passionate Welsh side.