Saracens' Alex Goode named man-of-the-match in England's 54-12 win over Fiji at Twickenham

Goode produces man-of-the-match display for England

Goode produces man-of-the-match display for England

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Saracens' full-back Alex Goode was named man-of-the-match as England brushed aside Fiji in a 54-12 victory at Twickenham.

Sarries' Brad Barritt and Goode both started for Stuart Lancaster's side who scored seven tries including two from Charlie Sharples in the first half before Ugo Monye, Tom Johnson and two more from Manu Tuilagi added to the score in the second period.

Fly-half Toby Flood kicked 18 points to seal a comfortable victory but it was the performance of Goode that was perhaps most pleasing for Lancaster.

The number 15 was imaginative with the ball and perceptive without it, drawing upon all his natural instincts of a number ten to step in at second receiver and create attacks with speed and fluidity.

Replacing the injured Ben Foden, Goode will have given the England coaching team plenty to think about before a more testing challenge against Australia next Saturday.

Goode said: “The endeavour to attack and the lines people were running were fantastic. 

"At times, I was a bit lateral, and as a team we were a bit lateral. We didn’t cut into them enough, but by the time we sorted that out we punched into them more.”

Lancaster praised Goode's "ability to move defenders around" but it may be the England boss who now has to do the shuffling to accommodate the undeniable form of his new full-back.

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