A TERRIFIC solo try failed to lift Ben Foden’s mood as England rounded off an encouraging autumn campaign on a losing note.
Martin Johnson’s young side were no match for world champions South Africa, who triumphed 21-11 at Twickenham on Saturday.
The only highlight for England was a spectacular late try from former Chester Rugby Club player Foden, who intercepted an off-load from prop CJ van der Linde to sprint 75 metres to the line.
Northampton Saints fullback Foden, who hails from Cholmondeley, said: “It is good to have a little bit of confidence but we were trying stupid things that you can’t do against good teams, especially a physical side like South Africa.
“We need to be ready for Test match rugby. It is definitely a lesson we will learn.
“We were caught short and hopefully it will be a good wake-up call for us.”
The South Africa loss signalled the end to a mixed autumn campaign for England, who opened up with a defeat to New Zealand before winning widespread praise for a slick victory over old foes Australia. England also saw off Samoa at Twickenham.
Foden started all four autumn fixtures, underlining his status as his country’s first-choice fullback.
The 25-year-old began his rugby career at hometown club Chester and then moved to Sale Sharks before signing for Northampton in 2008.