Ewen McKenzie kept a lid on his public frustration over a major refereeing oversight that turned the momentum in Australia's dismal loss to England on Saturday.
He pointed out the alternative scenario, had a match official spotted England fullback Mike Brown's foot in touch in the minutes leading up to their first try, then countered with an admission there were countless opportunities the Wallabies failed to grasp.
But a sheet of paper in his hands at the press conference belied the diplomacy.
Someone had printed out a screen shot of Brown balanced on the line and given it to McKenzie long before the sports broadcasters had edited their replays.
For a team as low on winning experience as the Wallabies, momentum-swinging moments such as that one can really hurt.
"That was a 90-metre turnaround and there's seven points at the end of it," McKenzie said of Brown's undetected error.
"Theoretically, we should have been having a line-out five metres out [from England's line]. You can't say those things don't have an impact on the game, but I guess that's the vagaries of rugby.
"You rely on these things but in the end we'll just look at the opportunities we had and the mistakes we made. We didn't handle the second half as well as we would have liked. England squeezed us a bit at crucial moments and were able to manage the game."
McKenzie was philosophical about a controversial possible case of obstruction, where referee George Clancy consulted the television match official about whether England hooker Dylan Hartley had obstructed Stephen Moore as Owen Farrell cruised past to score the home side's second try.
"The second one [England try] had the benefit of the TMO looking at it without the pressure of the moment," he said.
"We can debate those things, it's like forward passes, there were a bunch of those too. We can debate those things until you are blue in the face. It's not going to change the outcome."
Captain Ben Mowen lamented the Wallabies' missed opportunities.
"Just after half-time was a real opportunity for us to skip ahead and put pressure on England but we missed a few of those opportunities and they were extremely urgent, [they] beat us on a couple of retreats," Mowen said.
"When you have that urgency, married up with a few things going your way, they created that momentum and took those two tries, so you've got to give them that respect."