We were rubbish, deserved to get beaten and we'll never win anything? That would go down well.
Two narrow losses is undoubtedly better than a lot of what we have seen over the last decade. Accepting that this may create the illusion of us being closer than we are (closing out the game is the thing) it's hard not to draw any positives.
I still think you can catch palms in then pull it down, even under pressure. Or clamp the sides. Rather than palms open. I think palms out encourages you to stick your ###### in your opponent's face as well, which helps.
Charnley did it too in the Australia game, and spilled it, which has got me thinking about it.
The only reason I ask is that even when I kick a ball about in the park (don't play any more apart from a bit of touch) it is drilled into me to catch palms in and I think its a pretty reliable technique (accepting there is no pressure whatsoever!)