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- International Match
- 13th Jun 2012
- KO 14:00
- Att: 10,000
Lancaster still wants more
Care earns special praise after returning to international fold
We'll take the positives, but equally there were some areas of technical discipline and obviously our penalty count and work around the breakdown we need to improve and adapt to the referee.
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England coach Stuart Lancaster was left with mixed emotions despite seeing his side record a 54-26 victory over the Southern Barbarians.
Wasps winger Christian Wade helped himself to a hat-trick of tries while there was a brace for Leicester forward Thomas Waldrom in what turned out to be a comfortable win for England's second string.
However they did not have it all their own way at GWK Park, conceding four tries against a group of players
Lancaster hopes his all players have "learned some lessons" with the rest of the touring squad - bar the absent Ben Foden, who was resting a knock - having watched the game from the stands in Kimberley.
"Mixed emotions I think would be the fair assessment," Lancaster told Sky Sports.
"It's very difficult coming here playing against that type of side and also the altitude. I think the boys learned a lesson, I think the boys in the stand in particular learned some lessons about how we are going to need to manage it on Saturday.
"We'll take the positives, but equally there were some areas of technical discipline and obviously our penalty count and work around the breakdown we need to improve and adapt to the referee."
England made a sluggish start as the Barbarians claimed the first lineout and number eight Jacques Engelbrecht was driven over for the opening try after just two minutes of the contest.
Lancaster added: "We gave them a start we didn't want to give them.
"Playing sides like this you want to start well and be technically discipled and we didn't.
"They got 7-0 up, I thought we had a good period then and we got some ascendancy back in the game, but again there were periods of inconsistency in our play which put us under pressure.
"But also equally I'm pleased with a lot of the players and how they worked and put their hands up."
Lancaster had words of praise for scrum-half Danny Care, who was at the heart of much of England's attacking play to boost his hopes of a place in the squad for the second Test against the Springboks.
The Harlequins scrum-half was returning to the national team after being dropped for this year's RBS 6 Nations following a series of off-field incidents.
Lancaster said: "He worked hard, he went the full 80 (minutes) and got the try at the end so I'm delighted with him.
"We've got some decisions to make overnight and we'll annouce the side tomorrow."
Winger David Strettle, having been named in the initial side, was withdrawn while full-back Alex Goode was taken off at half-time.
Both players are likely to be in the reckoning for Saturday, with at least two changes forced on Lancaster due to injuries to Brad Barritt and Mike Brown. England trail 1-0 in the three-match series after going down 22-17 in Durban.
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