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England

Internationals | Estadio Colon
19:15 (GMT) | 17-06-2017
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Huges picks it up and kicks it out and that will be it! England won the 2nd test!!
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Scrum reset is called as the siren sounded
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Argentina finds touch on the England 22 and set the maul, but England successfully sacks the maul and win the turnover!
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Lineout stolen by the Pumas and they look for one final attack and they get the penalty in their half!
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Overthrow by Argentina and England hacks it ahead, Argentina kicks it back and set up an England lineout just inside the Pumas half
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Argentina win the scrum and lose some meters and then lose the ball as well! England clears through care and he finds touch outside his 22
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Great breakout by Argentina as they find themselves 5ms out from the England line. England defence holds well as the ball is held up over the line!!
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England set their attack off the scrum and play it through the forwards for the time being and then Care gives to Ford who hits a drop goal and it is good!
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Ford finds touch on halfway. They set the maul again, but fail to move forward and collapses. They set it up and then Ford goes high and Argentina knocks it on! Attacking scrum to England
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Strong scrum from both packs as Argentina use it and kicks ahead just inside the England half. Argentina win one against the throw and they are on the attack, but then give a silly penalty away for a side entry!
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Lineout to England on the Pumas 10m line and they throw it to the front to Robshaw who runs ahead and takes contact and they set their attack and then knock it on after a few passes out wide!
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England set a strong maul drive and get the penalty for collapsing in their own half!
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Ford looks to add the extras and it is good!
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Good kick by May putting the Pumas under pressure and they have no option, but to pick the ball up and roll into touch 5ms out from their own line. They set the maul and go forward and drives over for the TRY and it is Will Collier who comes up with the ball!!
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England attacking, but Argentina put in some big hits to stop the England momentum! They frustrate the English and force them to kick and the kick went straight into touch!
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England lineout just inside their half.
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Conversion is good!!
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Great breakaway from de la Fuente down the wing and he gives it back inside to Boffelli who goes over for the TRY!!
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Argentina look to strike back with an attack in the England half, but the England defence holds well for the moment!
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Ford looks to add the extras and nails it!
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Slade knocks the ball on and Argentina counters as referee calls advantage over and they lose the ball and Brown counters draws the defenders and finds Care who goes in for the TRY!!
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England on the attack and Orlando wanted to intercept but knocks it on and England will have a scrum.
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Conversion is missed.
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Charge down on Francis's kick and Argentina makes use of the opportunity as Matera dribble it forward and go over for the TRY!!
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Slade goes for a run off the scrum and then loses the ball and Argentina looks to counter!! They kick ahead and finds Mayas he kicks it too deep into in-goal and it will be a 22 drop out to the Pumas
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Argentina win the scrum and then the ball is knocked on after the pass from the base of the scrum and England will have a scrum on their own 10m line
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Scrum to Argentina in the England half. The packs go down and referee calls for the reset
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Penalty only ruled by the referee to Argentina. Sanchez doesn't find many meters but got touch in the England 22.
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Little handbag fight breaks out as players suspect a high tackle by England on halfway. Referee to check
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Sanches look to reduce the gap to only 2 and he hooked it badly to the right,
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Argentina attacking off the scrum from their own half and finds themselves in the England 22 as they are under advantage for a high tackle and they kick across, but the ball goes into touch and they come back for the penalty!
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Robshaw steals it and England are on the attack in the Pumas half and then Slade knocks it on!
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Second half is under way though Sanchez and Launchbrey take it. Huges makes good meters before they kick downfield and Argentina have possession in their half, but they go high again and England have it back and the kicking duel continues

Half Time

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Ford finds touch on the Argentina 10m line as the hooter sounds for half time. England set the maul and then go to ground and Care kicks ahead, but too deep and that will be half-time! See you back for the second half!
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Free kick to the Pumas and they take it quickly. de la Fuente makes a good break up to the England 22 and then they are penalized for obstruction after some good work done by de la Fuente
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Argentina win the scrum and try to attack from deep. They make meters only to outside their 22 and England force them to clear through Sanchez who finds Brown and now England are attacking, but then Robshaw lose it forward.
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Kicking duel on again and eventually, Argentina finds touch in the England half. England win the lineout and set their attack inside the Argentina 22, but then knocks it on! Scrum to the Pumas
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Argentina have a lineout in the England half and this time they set the maul, break away and then they lose the ball forward! Scrum to England inside their half
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Ford missed the conversion, but England are ahead!
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Argentina lineout in the England half. They decide to play it off the lineout as Sanchez kicks across to the wing, but Brown takes it and runs downfield and gives an inside pass to Francis to go in for the TRY!!
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Penalty to England as Argentina held on at the breakdown! Ford lines up to level matters and does just that!
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Penalty to the Pumas as England held on to the ball at the breakdown! Sanchez look to extend his side's lead and fails to do so
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Argentina gets the shove on again, but is penalized as they did not go straight. Ford finds touch up to his 10m line.
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Power scrum by Argentina and they retreat under pressure, but Argentina knocked on and England have the put in again! The packs go down and referee calls the reset
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Sanchez finds touch in the England 22. They set the maul yet again and fails to get the ball out on the referee's call as Robshaw went through the middle and on the turnover! Scrum England
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Argentina making good meters up to halfway from their own 22 and they come back for a penalty for a high tackle by Yarde!
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An offside penalty as an alternative is awarded to Argentina as it is in a better position and Sanches looks to make use of it to get his side in front and he makes no mistake!!
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Lineout to Argentina and they set the maul and have the penalty advantage and referee brings them back to it!
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Penalty awarded !the scores are level!
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Referee to check if the kick went over
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Penalty at the scrum to Argentina! Sanchez have a chance to level things up and he missed it
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Scrum reset called again.
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Lineout to Argentina in the England half and set the maul and then collapses, they bash it p and then knock it on. Scrum England
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Penalty to England and it is in the 22 of Argentina.Ford lines up the penalty attempt and puts his side in front!!
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Sanches lines up for the extras and it is all tied up!!
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They set the maul again and then breaks loose and set their attack!! They rumble it with the forwards and then the backs as they are under advantage, but it is not needed as the ball went wide and Joaquin Tuculet cuts open the England defence and score the TRY!!
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Penalty to Argentina as England illegally sacked the maul. Sanchez finds touch in the England 22.
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Ford converts!!
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Try by Charlie Ewels after a good set piece move off the lineout putting it through the hands and going over under the posts!!
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Penalty to England in their half for offside at the ruck. Ford finds touch in the Argentina 22.
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Scrum reset is called as both packs go down. Landajo feds and they win the scrum and set their attack!
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Good clearance from Brown who wins the territory battle and finds touch on the Argentina 10m line. They win the lineout, but the knock it on. Scrum to the home side.
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Good early clearance from Argentina and England will have a lineout on halfway, they win it, but Argentina have it back and Sanchez kicks downfield as a kicking duel is underway
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Formalities are done and John Lacey blows his whistle as George Ford gets us underway!!
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Teams are lined up for the respective national anthems as the home crowd is making their presence heard
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Prediction: Argentina - and also the extension of the national team, the Jaguares in Super Rugby - seem to have lost the drive that once saw them at No.4 in the world rankings. Their discipline is poor and only occasionally do their get their attempts at an expansive game right - mostly against under-strength teams. Of course Saturday could be one of those occasions, where the stars align for them. However, we feel England will win far more convincing than last week - at least 15 points.
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Players to watch: For Argentina: Los Pumas would hope their key playmakers perform - fullback Joaquin Tuculet, centre Jeronimo de la Fuente and flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez. Up front the spotlight will be on Pablo Matera, Tomas Lavanini and most of all captain Agustín Creevy. For England: Last week Rugby League convert came off the bench to save England's blushes. This week the likes of Mike Brown, Henry Slade, George Ford and Danny Care should do the job first up. There may not be a chance for a late rescue act again. Chris Robshaw's recall means he will demand a substantial portion of the spotlight. Head to head: You can find intriguing battles all over the park, but they key will be the performances of the talents halfbacks - No.10 Nicolas Sanchez and No.9 Martín Landajo (Argentina) against flyhalf George Ford and scrumhalf Danny Care (England).
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Missed tackles and poor handling basically cost the home side last week, this time around they will hope to be more clinical in all aspects to cause an upset over the English
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Some English players will feel a little hard done by seeing that Warren Gatland selected 4 Welsh players to link up with the Lions, and will use this match to prove why they should probably have been selected over those players.
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Last week’s match between these two sides was a thriller! England manage to win it at the end with a try so the home side will want to make amends and better that result tonight
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Welcome to the second test match between Argentina and England live from Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao Lopez, Santa Fe
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Lucas Noguera Paz
  • 2 Augustin Creevy
  • 3 Enrique Pieretto
  • 4 Matias Alemanno
  • 5 Tomas Lavanini
  • 6 Pablo Matera
  • 7 Javier Desio
  • 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamon
  • 9 Martín Landajo
  • 10 Nicolas Sanchez
  • 11 Emiliano Boffelli
  • 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente
  • 13 Matias Orlando
  • 14 Ramiro Moyano
  • 15 Joaquin Tuculet
RESERVES
  • 16 Julian Montoya
  • 17 Santiago Garcia Botta
  • 18 Ramiro Herrera
  • 19 Guido Petti
  • 20 Tomás Lezana
  • 21 Gonzalo Bertranou
  • 22 Juan Martin Hernandez
  • 23 Matthias Moroni
START LINE UP
  • 1 Ellis Genge
  • 2 Dylan Hartley
  • 3 Harry Williams
  • 4 Joe Launchbury
  • 5 Charlie Ewels
  • 6 Chris Robshaw
  • 7 Sam Underhill
  • 8 Nathan Hughes
  • 9 Danny Care
  • 10 George Ford
  • 11 Jonny May
  • 12 Piers Francis
  • 13 Henry Slade
  • 14 Marland Yarde
  • 15 Mike Brown
RESERVES
  • 16 Jack Singleton
  • 17 Matt Mullan
  • 18 Will Collier
  • 19 Nick Isiekwe
  • 20 Mark Wilson
  • 21 Jack Maunder
  • 22 Alex Lozowski
  • 23 Denny Solomona
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Preview: Argentina v England

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:43

IN THE JUNE SPOTLIGHT: There are 827 days before the 2019 World Cup in Japan, but England coach Eddie Jones says time is running out for fringe players seeking seats on the Tokyo flight.

The Australian has been drilling into his squad this week the importance of the second and final Test against Argentina Saturday in northeastern city Santa Fe.

A late try from New Zealand-born Rugby League convert Denny Solomona gave the visitors a 38-34 first Test triumph in one of the most exciting internationals this year.

Now Jones wants to complete a 2-0 series whitewash, and hopes some of his severely depleted squad raise their hands as World Cup squad candidates.

The coach plans to name a 45-strong elite player squad this August and told reporters the group will have a "strong World Cup colour about it.

"It will certainly be more geared toward the World Cup than previous squads," said the architect of a stunning triumph by Japan over South Africa at the 2015 World Cup in England.

"I would estimate about 80 percent of the squad for the World Cup in Japan will come from the 45 players who form the next elite group.

"That is why the second Test against the Pumas is really important - it may be the last chance for some to show me they deserve to be considered for the World Cup."

England flew to South America minus 30 of their top players, primarily because 16 had been called up for British and Irish Lions tour duty in New Zealand.

That opened the door for fringe players to impress Jones, who was also a key advisor to coach Jake White when South Africa won the 2007 World Cup in France.

While teenage flank Tom Curry received rave media reviews for his first Test performance in San Juan, Jones also singled out fellow loose forward Mark Wilson.

"He has been a real revelation," was the Jones critique of the 27-year-old openside flank.

Wilson is on the bench and Curry takes a break this weekend with former skipper Chris Robshaw and debutant Sam Underhill joining retained No.8 Nathan Hughes in the back row.

The other change from the first Test starters is at inside centre with Piers Francis taking over from Alex Lozowski, who is among the replacements.   

The Pumas also have cause for optimism as they build toward the World Cup, where they will tackle England, France and two nations to be decided in the pool stages.  

Argentina excelled in San Juan during the second half and it was difficult to believe that the same players had been floundering lately playing Super Rugby as the Jaguares.

Veteran multi-capped utility back Juan Martin Hernández thought he had won the match with a drop-goal only to be upstaged by a 79th-minute try from Solomona.

"We were the superior side for much of the first Test and I hope we can triumph in Santa Fe," coach Daniel Hourcade told reporters.

"My team wasted some good scoring opportunities and surrendered possession at key moments. I hope we have learnt from our mistakes.

"I am encouraged, though, by the continual improvement the Pumas  show in many aspects of the game. We did particularly well at the scrums and line-outs," he said.  

What will concern Hourcade is that a losing streak against England has extended to seven matches.

The Pumas last celebrated a Test victory over the English in 2009, edging a thriller 24-22 in Salta.

Hourcade has made one change to his starting side for Santa Fe, promoting Ramiro Moyano to the right wing with Matias Moroni dropping to the bench.

Players to watch:

For Argentina: Los Pumas would hope their key playmakers perform - fullback Joaquin Tuculet, centre Jeronimo de la Fuente and flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez. Up front the spotlight will be on Pablo Matera, Tomas Lavanini and most of all captain Agustín Creevy.

For England: Last week Rugby League convert came off the bench to save England's blushes. This week the likes of Mike Brown, Henry Slade, George Ford and Danny Care should do the job first up. There may not be a chance for a late rescue act again. Chris Robshaw's recall means he will demand a substantial portion of the spotlight.

Head to head: You can find intriguing battles all over the park, but they key will be the performances of the talents halfbacks - No.10 Nicolas Sanchez and No.9 Martín Landajo (Argentina) against flyhalf George Ford and scrumhalf Danny Care (England).

Recent results:
2017: England won 38-34, San Juan
2016: England won 27-14, London
2013: England won 31-12, London
2013: England 51-26, Buenos Aires
2013: England won 32-3, Salta
2011: England won 13-9, Dunedin (World Cup pool match)
2009: England won 16-9, London
2009: Argentina won 24-22, Salta
2009: England 37-15, Manchester
2006: Argentina won 25-18, London

Prediction: Argentina - and also the extension of the national team, the Jaguares in Super Rugby - seem to have lost the drive that once saw them at No.4 in the world rankings. Their discipline is poor and only occasionally do their get their attempts at an expansive game right - mostly against under-strength teams. Of course Saturday could be one of those occasions, where the stars align for them. However, we feel England will win far more convincing than last week - at least 15 points.

Teams:

Argentina: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Matias Alemanno, 3 Enrique Pieretto, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Lucas Noguera Paz.
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Santiago García Botta, 18 Ramiro Herrera, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Juan Martin Hernández, 23 Matias Moroni.

England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Marland Yarde, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Piers Francis, 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Danny Care, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 Joe Launchbury, 4 Charlie Ewels, 3 Harry Williams, 2 Dylan Hartley (captain), 1 Ellis Genge.
Replacements: 16 Jack Singleton, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 Will Collier, 19 Nick Isiekwe, 20 Mark Wilson, 21 Jack Maunder, 22 Alex Lozowski, 23 Denny Solomona.

Date: Saturday, June 17
Venue: Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao Lopez, Santa Fe
Kick-off: 16.15 (20.15 BST, 19.15 GMT)
Expected weather: Sunny, with a high of 34° C and a low of 16° C. North wind around 16km/h, becoming west in the afternoon.
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Egon Seconds (South Africa)
TMO: Aaron Paterson (New Zealand)

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England grab back-to-back wins in Argentina

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 21:15

MATCH REPORT: England beat Argentina 35-25 in Santa Fe on Saturday to clinch the two-Test series 2-0.

The tourists, level at 25-25 with 16 minutes left, finished stronger as prop Will Collier barged over for a try that flyhalf George Ford converted.

Ford sealed success for England, lacking 30 of their best players, primarily due to British and Irish Lions call-ups, with a drop goal six minutes from time.

The playmaker excelled in both Tests, scoring 23 points in the first last weekend and 15 in the second. 

Argentina were left to rue three missed shots at goal in Santa Fe from usually ultra-accurate flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez.

England scored first when Charlie Ewels took a pass from fellow lock Joe Launchbury to power over the line and flyhalf Ford converted. 

It took Argentina only three minutes to level as a cross-field move ending with fullback Joaquin Tuculet bursting between two rivals to score and Sanchez converted.

Ford and Sanchez exchanged penalties, before another successful kick at goal by the Argentine playmaker gave the hosts a 13-10 lead midway through the opening half.

The first Sanchez penalty was initially ruled wide by the assistant referees only for the decision to be reversed when the television match official was consulted.

A dominant Argentina were well worth their lead, but found themselves five points behind after a three-minute purple patch from the tourists. 

Ford levelled via a penalty on 29 minutes at a packed 33 000-seat Estadio Brigadier Estanislao Lopez.

The highlight of the opening half followed soon after as England fullback Mike Brown leapt to intercept a Sanchez cross-kick and raced away to send centre Piers Francis over.

Ford saw his conversion fly right and wide, his first miss of the match and only the second of the two-Test series.

England had two let-offs early in the second half as Sanchez fluffed a penalty and Jonny May dodged a yellow card for a late, high tackle on rival wing Ramiro Moyano.

The first score of the half came on 52 minutes when a Francis grubber kick was blocked and flank Pablo Matera kicked the ball, then caught it and dived over.

Sanchez was having an off-day with goal-kicking and a fluffed conversion attempt was his third consecutive miss of the match. 

A seesaw struggle took two more turns around the hour as scrumhalf Danny Care finished off a Brown break after a midfield turnover and Ford converted for a seven-point advantage.   

The lead lasted just three minutes before centre Jeronimo de la Fuente broke clear and sold a dummy before sending wing Emiliano Boffelli in for a try that Sanchez converted. 

With 20 minutes left it was 25-25, and a thriller was unfolding to match the first Test, won 38-34 by England in San Juan.

England moved ahead for the fifth time in the Test after 65 minutes when replacement prop Will Collier scored off a driving maul and Ford added the extra points. 

A Ford drop goal stretched the lead to 10 points with six minutes remaining.

Man of the match: Fullback Mike Brown had a big hand in two of his team’s four tries. However, the award goes once again to flyhalf George Ford for his game management and his accurate boot.

Moment of the match: Piers Francis' try which stemmed from a great breakout from fullback Mike Brown.

Villain of the match: Argentina lock Tomas Lavanini. He was more interested in causing injuries than playing rugby.

For Argentina:
Tries: Tuculet, Matera, Boffelli
Cons: Sanchez 2
Pens: Sanchez 2

For England:
Tries: Ewels, Francis, Care, Collier
Cons: Ford 3
Pens: Ford 2
DG: Ford

Teams:

Argentina: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Matias Alemanno, 3 Enrique Pieretto, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Lucas Noguera Paz.
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Santiago García Botta, 18 Ramiro Herrera, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Juan Martin Hernández, 23 Matias Moroni.

England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Marland Yarde, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Piers Francis, 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Danny Care, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 Joe Launchbury, 4 Charlie Ewels, 3 Harry Williams, 2 Dylan Hartley (captain), 1 Ellis Genge.
Replacements: 16 Jack Singleton, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 Will Collier, 19 Nick Isiekwe, 20 Mark Wilson, 21 Jack Maunder, 22 Alex Lozowski, 23 Denny Solomona.

Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Egon Seconds (South Africa)
TMO: Aaron Paterson (New Zealand)

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Joaquin Tuculet (7min), Pablo Matera (51min), and Emiliano Boffelli (58min)
TRIES
Charlie Ewels (5min), Piers Francis (30min), Danny Care (55min), and Will Collier (64min)
Nicolas Sanchez (8min) and Nicolas Sanchez (59min)
CONVERSIONS
George Ford (6min), George Ford (56min), and George Ford (65min)
Nicolas Sanchez (14min) and Nicolas Sanchez (18min)
PENALTIES
George Ford (9min) and George Ford (28min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
George Ford (73min)
 
 
 
VENUE Estadio Colon ( Sante Fe , Argentina )
REFEREE John Lacey (Ireland)