A below par England ground out a third win of the year against Argentina with a 21-8 victory at Twickenham on Saturday in the first of this season autumn internationals.
Despite Nathan Hughes opening the scoring early, England were never clinical enough to convert the few chances they created and had to wait until late in the second half before substitute Semesa Rokoduguni marked his return from International wilderness with his third try for England.
Having already lost twice this year to an England side deprived of all its British Lions Tourists during the summer and still looking for their first win over England since 2006, Things could have been much worse if the Puma’s would have been more successful with the boot, missing 4 kickable penalties and their conversion attempt that they could have added to Boffelli’s only successful kick in the first half and Nicolas Sanchez’s late consolation try.
With an average of 31 points a game in 2017, England were expected to use this fixture as a warm up for next weekend’s game against the Wallabies, however it took over twenty minutes before Hughes could open the scoring for England, collecting George Fords cut out pass to race down the wing and crash in at the corner. Ford increased the lead with 3 first half penalties meaning the home team went into the sheds, 14-3 up.
The second half was a scrappy affair, with England’s poor execution of the simple things allowing Argentina to dominate both procession and field position. It was only when England boss Eddie Jones decide to through on his replacements mid-way through the second half did England start to look more like themselves and when Centre Alex Lozowski made an excellent break from inside his own half to be brought down Five meters from the Pumas try line, the ball was recycled and eventually found Rokoduguni unmarked on the right wing which Ford converted to make it 21-3. Argentina had the last say with Sanchez deserved late try as they continued to power at the England line.
England: Brown; Watson, Joseph, Slade, Daly; Ford, Youngs; Vunipola, Hartley, Cole, Lawes, Kruis, Robshaw, Underhill, Hughes.
Replacements: George, Genge, Williams, Launchbury, Simmonds, Care, Lozowski, Rokoduguni.
Argentina: Tuculet; Moyano, Moroni, Gonzalez Iglesias, Boffelli; Hernandez, Landajo, Garcia Botta, Creevy, Tetaz Chaparro, Alemanno, Lavanini, Matera, Kremer, Lezana.
Replacements: Montoya, Noguera, Pieretto, Macome, Senatore, Bertranou, Sanchez, Cancelliere.