England did enough against Fiji but must be more clinical when playing Australia, says Ben Foden

Last Updated: 13/11/12 1:24pm

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England star Sharples grounds one of his two tries against Fiji

England star Sharples grounds one of his two tries against Fiji

Ben Foden reckons England made a solid, if unspectacular, start to their Autumn International series at Twickenham.

Stuart Lancaster's charges racked up seven tries, with Charlie Sharples and Manu Tuilagi each touching down twice, as they beat Fiji 54-12 on Saturday afternoon.

Northampton star Foden, ruled out of this weekend's match and the upcoming clashes with Australia, South Africa and New Zealand due to damaged ankle ligaments, believes England battled well against the Pacific Islanders.

But he told Sky Sports they must be more cut-throat when they tackle the Wallabies next Saturday, a contest YOU can see live and exclusive on Sky Sports 1 HD - and in Sky 3D - from 2pm.

"It is always a tricky game when you play someone like Fiji, who are very gritty and very hard to put away - but England managed to do that," said full-back Foden. "I would give them seven out of 10."

"There was a bit of rustiness and there are things to work on, including being clinical in the right areas as a few chances went begging and you can't afford to do that against the big boys.


"I expect England to get to the next level, but Australia will be a massive test and we have to convert when we get to the red zone as there will only be a few chances."

"The scrum can be Australia's Achilles heel but I don't want England to over-concentrate on that."
Dewi Morris

Meanwhile, Sky Sports pundit Dewi Morris highlighted the displays of Saracens star Alex Goode, preferred to Mike Brown at 15, and Leicester prop Dan Cole as key factors in England's triumph.

"It was a brave call by Lancaster to select Goode - I was a Brown man - but he asked questions and did very well," said Morris. "He stops the defence and that's what you want from a second receiver.

"I also feared for Fiji after the first scrum as it was brutal; Dan Cole is the best Northern Hemisphere tight-head prop and will give you three turnovers (a game).

"The scrum can be Australia's Achilles heel but I don't want England to over-concentrate on that."

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