Lancaster hails 'excellent' Sharples after try double
CHARLIE Sharples picked up his first two international tries as England completed a steady 54-12 win over Fiji at Twickenham.
The Gloucester flyer was described by England boss Stuart Lancaster as "excellent in every area".
Lancaster hailed his young guns for their record win over Fiji, but admitted England will have to up their game for the arrival of Australia, South Africa and New Zealand over the next month.
Lancaster named an inexperienced team that contained 11 players with 13 caps or less, but they ran in seven tries to complete a steady 54-12 win over the minnows at Twickenham.
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The red rose started sluggishly in the opening quarter and also failed to capitalise on all the chances they created as Fiji tired towards the end of the game.
But with the top three sides in the world awaiting in the next three weeks, Lancaster admits his team must become more ruthless.
"Next week and the week after and the week after that we are going to have to be more clinical," he 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.
"Australia, South Africa and New Zealand are cohesive and organised, and we will have to be at our best."
Sharples was unfortunate not to score a hat-trick.
The Gloucester wing, starting in place of the suspended Chris Ashton, scored twice while Ugo Monye on the opposite wing bagged a try on his return to the England team.
Ashton is set to return to face Australia next week, giving Lancaster a selection headache which he welcomes.
"Chris Ashton is back so there are selection decisions to be made. It's not a nightmare at all," Lancaster said.
"It's a great position to be in. Charlie did what we wanted him to. He was excellent in every area.
"We will now have a long conversation about selection next week."