Stuart Lancaster admits England's autumn international campaign is going to get harder

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Stuart Lancaster admits England's autumn international campaign is going to get harder

Stuart Lancaster: staying grounded after seven-try performance against Fiji

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Coach Stuart Lancaster admitted his young England team have much tougher tests ahead after their 54-12 victory over Fiji.

England ran in seven tries in a routine win over the erratic Fijians but with Australia, South Africa and New Zealand to come over the next month, Lancaster admits he will not be getting carried away.

Charlie Sharples picked up his first two international tries and Alex Goode put in a sterling performance at full-back, but there were also parts of England's play that will need some serious fine-tuning in the weeks ahead, particularly finishing off chances - they could and should have run up a cricket score.

"Next week against Australia and the week after and the week after that we are going to have to be more clinical," the England head coach said.

"It was good to get the win. We struggled a bit for 10-15 minutes. We didn't convert every opportunity but we were pleased with the opportunities we did take.

"It was a good start but we recognised the quality of the opposition that is coming around the corner. We will have to step up a couple of levels next week.

"Our cohesion is growing and that is what we will need. Australia, South Africa and New Zealand are cohesive and organised, and we will have to be at our best."

Lancaster picked out Tom Youngs for praise after an encouraging debut.

The Leicester hooker has a reputation as an all-action man in the loose - but a poor thrower at line-out time.

But Lancaster said: "He was under a bit of pressure coming into the game but he nailed every one (lineout)."

Saracens star Goode was named man-of-the-match after a fine performance at full-back, safe under the high ball and always a threat in attack.

"Alex played like he does for Saracens, he was excellent under the high ball, and we saw his ability to move the ball around," Lancaster added.

"It was nice for him. He did well in the third Test in South Africa and he has maintained that form."

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