England comfortably beat Argentina in Salta

A strong first half performance from England set up a 3-32 and third straight victory over Argentina in Salta on Saturday.

England fielded a second string team as most of their stars have been rested or have been called up for the British & Irish Lions.

England last played Argentina in Dunedin in the Rugby World Cup and this victory takes England to three consecutive wins over the Pumas.

England scored three tries in the first half and led 3-25 after Argentina fullback Martin Bustos Moyano kicked a penalty on the stroke of half time.

As impressive as England’s first half performance their second half showing was a massive step down as they lost focus and only regained it as the match drew to a close when Billy Vunipola scored almost on full time.

The win sets up the chance for coach Stuart Lancaster’s men to make history in Buenos Aires
next week as no England side has ever won a series in Argentina 2-0.

Bill Beaumont’s side came closest, winning one and drawing the other in 1981
but England will be firm favourites in the second Test after dominating most
of this match.

England’s front row of Joe Marler, Rob Webber and David Wilson dominated the
Argentina scrum, Christian Wade was lively on his debut on the wing and Ben
Morgan demonstrated his return to fitness with a strong carrying display.

England were out of the blocks quickly with two penalties from fly-half Freddie
Burns, who scored 12 points on his first Test start, before David Strettle scored
the first try.

The winger stretched over the line on 18 minutes after being put away by centre
Jonathan Joseph and eight minutes later Twelvetrees scored the second when he
looped around winger Christian Wade after a big carry by number 8 Morgan.

Morgan – who had a big game in the back row – then smashed through the Argentine
defence after Wade’s pass and England were firmly in control at 25-0 up before
the break.

They were not as clinical in the second half with Twelvetrees missing out on
a second try because of a forward pass and Joseph’s poor delivery also denying
Strettle a second.

Argentina were much improved after the break, and the game stagnated as the
benches were unloaded, and England were down to 14 men for a spell when replacement
Courtney Lawes was sin binned on 69 minutes.

Home full-back Martin Bustos Moyano did not help matters when he had two penalty
chances to give Argentina some hope in the second half but was wide with both
of them.

Vunipola, another replacement, ran through from a scrum in the final play of
the match to take England to a convincing win.

Final Score Argentina 3 (3) England 32 (25)


Tries –
Pen – B.Moyano
Con –
Drop –

Tries – Strettle, Twelvetrees, Morgan, Vunipola
Pen – Burns 2
Con – Burns 3
Drop –

Match Official
Chris Pollock (NZ)


Argentina: Martin Bustos Moyano, Matias Orlando, Gonzalo Tiesi, Felipe Contepomi (capt), Manual Montero, Benjamin Urdapilleta, Martin Landajo, Tomas Leonardi, Benjamin Macome, Julio Farias Cabello, Mariano Galarza, Esteban Lozada, Maximilano Bustos, Martin Garcia Veiga, Pablo Henn

Replacements: Mauricio Guidone, Guillermo Roan, Francisco Gomez Kodela, Tomas Vallejos, Tomas De la Vega, Nicolas Vergallo, Gabriel Ascarate, Belisario Agulla.

England : Mike Brown, Christian Wade, Jonathan Joseph, Billy Twelvetrees, David Strettle, Freddie Burns, Lee Dickson, Ben Morgan, Matt Kvesic, Tom Wood (capt), Dave Attwood, Joe Launchbury, David Wilson, Rob Webber, Joe Marler

Replacements: David Paice, Henry Thomas, Paul Doran Jones, Co

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