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Argentina

Internationals | Twickenham
15:00 (GMT) | 11-11-2017
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Thank you for joining us for this international test match. Stay tuned as we will build up from 7pm to the match between Ireland and South Africa!!
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Argentina throws it over the 15 and look to close the score, but they lose the ball and that will be it!! Well done to England with their 11th win in a row!
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England come with a final onslaught off a long ball and they shift it wide, but Slade's pass goes into touch!
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Sanchez's conversion hits the post!
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Argentina moving backwards but keep possession and a lovely offload by Bertranou to Sanchez sees him go in the corner for the TRY!!!
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Argentina building phase after phase but stays on the 5m line as England hold them out as the clock is running down!!
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Argentina finds themselves 5ms from the England line and they look to muscle their way over the line as they get it back to the backs and back to the forwards!!
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England win the scrum and they rumble it with the forwards before kicking long and Tuculet launches a high ball and Argentina get it back as they look to Stretch England on defence by playing it wide!!
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Sanchez finds touch in the England 22 and they set the drive and they make good meters forward and again its a collapsed maul and England win the turnover!!
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Argentina work themselves into the England 22 and they are under an advantage as Matera breaks away on the wing, but is tackled into touch as they come back for the advantage
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Argentina lineout on the England 10m line. They set an initial dive and then opts to play the ball through the hands and once again the home side's defence is patient and watertight as they struggle to make any meters.
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Ford slots the conversion!!
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TRY awarded to Rokoduguni!!!
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Lozowski makes a good break and into the Argentina 22 and they shift it through the hands and Slade finally shift it wide to Rokoduguni who scores in the corner, but referee will check the pass!!
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Another penalty missed by Argentina by Sanchez and this is becoming a real issue for them.
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Huges picks up from the back and goes on a storming charge over Hernandez before the ball is cleared away and Argentina win the lineout and look to attack again and win the penalty!!
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England scrum and Care is on for Youngs as the scrum reset is called.
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Argentina set the drive and it goes down legally and England win the turnover as the ball fail to emerge!
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Argentina have a lineout in the England half and they set the drive and then it collapses as they set phases with their forwards, but not really making any meters, but as that is said Iglesias makes a break on the wing and into the England 22 and they opt for the corner!!
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Penalty to Argentina at scrum time against Cole for illegal binding! Argentina look to close the gap as they line up with the kick at goal by Boffelli and he it is well short and wide.
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Argentina look to run it from their 5m line as they work it out their 22 and kick ahead and England attack again and then there is another knock on!
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England set the drive again and the ball is lost by Hartley and Argentina will have a defensive, but relieving scrum.
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Argentina scrum outside their own 22 and England win the penalty as Chaparro angled in and England go for the corner and set the maul as Hartley breaks away and is 4ms short and they win a penalty for not rolling away 3ma from the Argentina line!!
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England attack off the lineout and they make good meters as they do a great loop around move, but the final pass is forward into touch by Slade as a Try scoring opportunity goes begging.
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England win the scrum as Slade kicks ahead and finds Tuculet and it becomes a ping pong battle and the ball bounces into touch in the Argentina half. Argentina win the lineout and clears into the England half and Watson takes as England look to attack!!
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Youngs feed and a free kick to England for an early engage and they opt for the scrum again.
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Scrum reset called.
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Youngs go high and Argentina knocks on again and it will be an England scrum just in their own half.
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A knock on by Argentina and England look to run it wide as Daly kicks ahead, but a forward pass is called and Argentina will have a scrum in the England half.
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England defence is patient and resolute as the Argentinians seem to go nowhere as they go high and Watson gets it and Ford kicks long as Argentina set to go again!!
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Second half is underway and Hernandez gets us going as the ball is fielded by Huges as Youngs clears and Argentina go on the attack outside the England 22

Half Time

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Argentina with a final onslaught this half, but to no avail as they knock n and that will be halftime, see you back for the second half!!
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Argentina win the penalty for playing the man in the air and clears up to their 10m line.
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England on the attack in the Pumas half as they are under an advantage for offside and referee comes back for the penalty as they take it quickly as Slade kicks ahead and pins Argentina n their 22 10ms from their ine.
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Argentina work their way into the England 22, but an offload doesn't go to hand and England have it as Ford clears into the Argentina 22 and Tuculet clears to outside his 22.
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England battering it up from their own half before youngs clears up to halfway as Hernandez takes and Argentina have possession, but goes backwards due to bad passing, but they win a penalty for a side entry
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Ford lines up the kick from right in front and makes no mistake!!
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Watson takes a high ball under pressure and they shift it to the left and stretch the Pumas defence, but they had a foot in touch and Argentina win the lineout and they clear on to Watson who makes a good break again before being tackled and Youngs kick and Ford take and look to pass to Watson who lost it, but they come back as referee played advantage.
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Hernandez lines up for the kick again and misses horribly yet again!!
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Argentina set the maul and they win the penalty for collapsing!!
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Argentina have possession in their own half and they go High and get the ball back, but didn't make too many meters and win a penalty on halfway as Hernandez finds touch just outside the England 22.
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Well Hernandez miss a relatively easy penalty and a change gone begging for Argentina.
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Landajo feeds and Argentina get a power scrum on and win the penalty!!
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Huges lost the ball as he takes the restart and Argentina have a good attacking scrum on the England 22 15ms out from touch.
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Ford lines up the conversion from out wide and it just drifts away to the left
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England attack off the lineout in the Argentina half and they run hard at the Pumas as Daly breaks into the 22 as they go through the hands and Ford throws a Long ball out to Huges who juggles but get the ball under control and run and steps to score the TRY!!
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Tuculet sees yellow as he was not in a realistic position to catch the ball.
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Brown and Tuculet contesting a high ball and both landing very badly!! Referee to check!
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Free kick to England at the scrum as Huges taps and goes, but the ball is lost and Argentina get a second bite of the cherry and they work it up to the England 10m line before Hernandez chips into space as Brown looks to cover, but the ball bounces into touch in the England 22.
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Argentina win the lineout on their 10m line and set the maul before using it and Finds Bofelli and they make some good meters into the England half and again they nock it on just as they were building some momentum.
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Scrum reset called. Youngs feeds and Huges takes and make a run before laying it back and Robshaw makes a good break as England shift it wide before Joseph kicks for Watson on the wing, but the ball bounces into touch.
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Bad exit from England and Argentina have a good attacking lineout outside the England 22 as they win it and start hammering away with their forwards, but they lose it forward and England will have a defensive scrum.
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Ford lines up to get the lead back for England and it is good!!
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Landajo feeds and a loose pass after a pressure scrum sees Joseph pounce on the ball and England win a penalty for no clear release.
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Huges takes a high ball and makes some meters with his big powerful legs and England look to set an attacking move of their own as they speed up the match and play with more intensity, but then knocks the ball on! Scrum to Argentina outside their 22.
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Boffelli lines up the kick for Argentina and the scores are level!!
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Good clearance by Youngs off the restart and Argentina win the lineout just inside the England half as they set their attack and win a penalty for not rolling away through captain Dylan Hartley
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Penalty to England for sealing off by the Pumas and Ford lines the kick up again and this time he slots it over!!
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England have possession in their half before launching high on Hernandez who takes and Landajo clears back to the English.
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George Ford steps up to get his side's first points from 45ms out in front and it hits the upright as Argentina kick upfield by Matera and England have possession to attack with
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Argentina look to run from their own 22 off the restart and then opts to kick as Brown takes inside his half and they set the ruck and win the penalty for no clear release by Argentina
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Marius van der Westhuizen blows his whistle as George Ford get us underway!!
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The respective national anthems are to be sung
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Teams are running out!!
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Prediction: England’s finesse and ability to suffocate teams will be too much for the Argentina side who have been struggling with ill-discipline and lack of composure. Thus, England will win this by 15 points or more.
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Players to watch- For England: Anthony Watson will be deadly if the Argentine defence don’t close his space as he is so slick and fast through the smallest of gaps. For Argentina: Captain Courageous Augustin Creevy never seem to disappoint and always gives his all he is solid on defence and is known for slowing down opposition ball at the breakdown and it could be key to disrupt the English on how they will approach this match
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The Home side, however, have rested top players Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell due to their heavy workload at their club Saracens, but this should just be a minor inconvenience as they have more than enough quality in Henry Slade and Joe George Kruis
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The visitors though they haven’t had a good year at all and after being winless in the Rugby Championship, but they have pushed the World Champion All Blacks home and away until they ran out of steam and lost shape in the final 20 minutes, should they be able to stay mentally focused and physically fit, they will have a chance to pull an upset
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These two sides met back in June when England virtually played with a second side due to many of their player being in the British & Irish Lions squad and Argentina pushed them to the edge playing at home, but the visitors won on every occasion and left it very late and the Argentines will draw some inspiration from that series.
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Welcome to the first match of the November internationals as we look ahead and build up to the match between England and Argentina LIVE from Twickenham!!
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Mako Vunipola
  • 2 Dylan Hartley
  • 3 Dan Cole
  • 4 Courtney Lawes
  • 5 George Kruis
  • 6 Chris Robshaw
  • 7 Sam Underhill
  • 8 Nathan Hughes
  • 9 Ben Youngs
  • 10 George Ford
  • 11 Elliot Daly
  • 12 Henry Slade
  • 13 Jonathan Joseph
  • 14 Anthony Watson
  • 15 Mike Brown
RESERVES
  • 16 Jamie George
  • 17 Ellis Genge
  • 18 Harry Williams
  • 19 Joe Launchbury
  • 20 Tom Curry
  • 21 Danny Care
  • 22 Alex Lozowski
  • 23 Semesa Rokoduguni
START LINE UP
  • 1 Santiago García Botta
  • 2 Augustin Creevy
  • 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
  • 4 Matías Alemanno
  • 5 Tomas Lavanini
  • 6 Pablo Matera
  • 7 Marcos Kremer
  • 8 Tomás Lezana
  • 9 Martín Landajo
  • 10 Juan Martin Hernandez
  • 11 Emiliano Boffelli
  • 12 Santiago González Iglesias
  • 13 Matthias Moroni
  • 14 Ramiro Moyano
  • 15 Joaquin Tuculet
RESERVES
  • 16 Julian Montoya
  • 17 Lucas Noguera
  • 18 Enrique Pieretto
  • 19 Benjamin Macome
  • 20 Leonardo Senatore
  • 21 Gonzalo Bertranou
  • 22 Nicolas Sanchez
  • 23 Sebastian Cancelliere
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PREVIEW: England v Argentina

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 08:31

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Eddie Jones is banking on his racehorse trainer-style "gut feel" paying dividends against Argentina at Twickenham on Saturday after leaving out both Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje for England's end-of-year Test series opener.

The Australian has omitted the Saracens duo on the grounds of their "exceptional workloads" this season, after saying he would rest some of those England players involved in the gruelling British and Irish Lions 1-1 series win in New Zealand earlier this year.

Former Australia and Japan coach Jones was glad of the way the pair had reacted to missing the Argentina match while insisting he had no qualms about his decision.

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"They hated it, which is a great reaction," Jones told reporters at England's hotel in Bagshot, southwest of London, on Thursday. "They hate it because they want to play every Test,"

Jones, however, added: "At the end of the day they have got to understand I run the team.

"I make the decisions. And I make those decisions in the best interests of the team and for the individual,"

As with all leading international coaches, Jones receives vast amounts of information on all his players but he insisted there was still a place for old-fashioned intuition.  

"I've got wellness stats, urine stats, psychological stats, reload, reform stats, GPS stats," he explained.

"It's a bit like being a horse-trainer. You get all this information, you see all these things but you've got to look at the person and see what they are ready to do.

"I can't explain it because it comes down to my gut feel for what they need,"

Henry Slade has replaced Farrell at inside centre, while Sam Underhill starts at openside flank.

England have won all three of their Tests against 2019 World Cup pool opponents Argentina since Jones took charge, including a 2-0 series win in two tight matches in Argentina in June.

The Pumas have had a miserable 2017 so far, winning just one out of nine Tests - against Georgia in June.

"Argentina are coming off the back of not a good season. Their coach (Daniel Hourcade) is under pressure, their players are under pressure," said Jones.

"But they know if they beat England at Twickenham then their whole season turns around.

"They can go back to Buenos Aires and sit on the beach as heroes. Everyone will want to buy them a beer. Everyone will want to buy them a steak,"

England and Argentina have been drawn in the same pool at the 2019 World Cup in Japan but Jones said he did not expect the outcome of Saturday's match to have a huge bearing on events in two years' time.

"These are all sparring matches," said Jones. "You can win sparring matches but when you get to the heavyweight contests in the World Cup, it's going to be a different kettle of fish."

Meanwhile, Hourcade insisted the burden of expectation was all on an England side who've lost just once since Jones took over following their first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup on home soil.

"You are always under pressure at the top level," he said. "The pressure is perhaps more on England. They are number two in the world, we are number 10. If we lose it would be logical but if they lose it wouldn't."

Hourcade has recalled veteran fly-half Juan Martin Hernandez, a star of the Pumas' lone previous Test win against England at Twickenham -- a 25-18 success in 2006.

"We want to take advantage of Juan Martin's experience," said Hourcade of the 35-year-old Hernandez, nicknamed 'The Magician'.

"Everyone knows how good a player he is. Time moves for everyone but he is a player with the capacity to adapt to any sort of game."

But in order for Hernandez to be at his most effective, Hourcade knows Argentina must win the battle up front.

"We have a very heavy pack of forwards because we know that's a strength of the English team," he said.

"The breakdown will be key and I think whoever succeeds in dominating this area will have the initiative."

Players to watch:

For England: Much has been made Owen Farrell’s absence, nonetheless it provides Henry Slade with a chance to prove himself to a side they are going to face in Japan come 2019. Meanwhile, the back three consisting of Mike Brown (fullback), Antony Watson (right wing) and Elliot Daly (left wing) gives England that extra agility with ball in hand.  The combination of Dan Cole, captain Dylan Hartley and Mako Vunipola will provide the physicality up front.   

For Argentina: If Argentina can keep 15 men on the field for 80 minutes the side could pose a real threat. The fullback Joaquin Tuculet can provide a lot of entertainment, especially with his speed and counter-attack prowess. The combination of Marcos Kremer and Pablo Matera as the two flanks makes Los Pumas dangerous at the breakdown.
 
Head to head: Well when it comes to facing Argentina, the set-piece battle always takes centre stage and this week is no different. England boast with George Kruis, Courtney Lawes, Dan Cole, Dylan Hartley and Mako Vunipola, while Argentina have Tomas Lavanini, Matias Alemanno, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, captain Agustin Creevy and Santiago Garcia Botta in their armour. if you looking for a battle in the backline you have to look no further than the scumhalf battle between Ben Youngs (England) and Martin Landajo (Argentina), the other significant backline battle will be at fullback, Mike Brown (England) against Joaquin Tuculet (Argentina).

Recent Results:

2017: England won 35-25, Santa Fe
2017: England won 38-34, San Juan
2016: England won 27-14, Twickenham
2013: England won 31-12, Twickenham
2013: England won 51-26, Buenos Aires
2013: England won 32-2, Salta
2011: England won 13-9, Dunedin (World Cup)
2009: England won 16-9, Twickenham

Prediction: England’s finesse and ability to suffocate teams will be too much for the Argentina side who have been struggling with ill-discipline and lack of composure. Thus, England will win this by 15 points or more.

England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Henry Slade, 11 Elliot Daly, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 George Kruis, 4 Courtney Lawes, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley (captain), 1 Mako Vunipola.   
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Joe Launchbury, 20 Sam Simmonds, 21 Danny Care, 22 Alex Lozowski, 23 Semesa Rokoduguni.

Argentina: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Juan Martín Hernandez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Tomás Lezana, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Matías Alemanno, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Santiago García Botta.
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Lucas Noguera, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Benjamin Macome, 20 Leonardo Senatore, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Nicolás Sánchez, 23 Sebastian Cancelliere.

Date: Saturday, November 11
Venue: Twickenham, London
Kick-off: 15.00 (15.00 GMT; 12.00 Argentina Time)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Dan Jones (Wales)
TMO: Olly Hodges (Ireland)

Agence France-Presse

 

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England down Argentina in snorefest

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 14:35

MATCH REPORT: England opened their November Test Series with a win, but it was not the kind of performance expected from a side, who occupies the second spot on the World Rugby Rankings.

It seems Owen Farrell's absence played a huge part, however, England's slow poison tactic made sure they outscore Argentina two tries to one.

Furthermore, Argentina's reliance on their scrum and the lack of composure handed England the control of the match.

This was England's fourth successive victory against their 2019 World Cup pool opponents in just over a year, including a 2-0 series triumph in Argentina in June.

But they will surely need to go up a gear against Australia a week on Saturday.

For the Pumas, defeat continued a miserable 2017 that has seen them record just one victory in 10 Tests - against Georgia in June.

England, in an unfamiliar black change kit at a rainy Twickenham, had a chance to take the lead in the second minute.

But flyhalf Ford, taking over kicking duties in Farrell's absence, saw a 35-metre penalty attempt hit the right post.

He was twice on target from closer range, however, after Argentina conceded two needless ruck penalties.

Ford's successful goal-kicks came to either side of wing Emiliano Boffelli's eighth-minute effort for the Pumas.

Both sides failed to build momentum and the only real action occurred when fullback Joaquín Tuculet was yellow carded in the 22nd minute for taking out England fullback Mike Brown in mid-air as the pair contested a high ball.

It seemed a harsh decision but South African referee Marius van der Westhuizen ruled Tuculet was "not in a  realistic position" to attempt a catch and, after studying video replays, produced a yellow card.

Meanwhile Brown - who has a history of concussion injuries - was replaced by Rokoduguni after appearing to land awkwardly on his head.

Soon afterwards, with Argentina, a man down, England scored the only try of the opening period when Ford's expertly-judged cut-out pass found Hughes out wide on the right, with the No.8 charging over from close range for his first Test try.

Ford could not convert but England led 11-3.

Argentina flyhalf Juan Martin Hernandez preferred to Nicolas Sanchez by coach Daniel Hourcade, had two chances to close the gap shortly before the half-hour mark.

But from out left on the 22 he has off target with a penalty and then, from a similar distance, on the right, the veteran playmaker made a horrible mess of another penalty chance, pulling the ball far across the face of the posts.

Instead, it was England who scored next.

Ford's clever chip ahead was regathered by half-back partner Ben Youngs, who in turn passed to Slade.

The Exeter midfielder, however, was tackled without the ball and Ford made no mistake with a simple penalty six minutes before half-time.

Early in the second half, England threatened on the counter-attack only for passes from Slade and Anthony Watson to go astray.

But Argentina were unable to reduce the deficit when Boffelli was well wide with a long-range penalty shortly before the hour mark.

With the Pumas still 11 points down, they ran a kickable penalty only for England to hold up the ensuing maul.

Both teams brought on replacements in the final quarter, with Sanchez coming on for Hernandez in the 64th minute only to miss a kickable penalty soon afterwards.

England then extended their lead in the 66th minute when substitute back Alex Lozowski made a surging break deep into Argentina's 22. The ball was recycled and Slade's long pass put Rokoduguni in at the right corner.

After checking for a forward pass, van der Westhuizen awarded the try and Ford landed a tough conversion to make it 21-3.

Argentina had the last word, though, when sustained pressure led to a try for Sanchez from a 30-phase move two minutes from time.

But it was too little too late for the Pumas, who saw Sanchez's conversion attempt rebound off the post.

Man of the match: Impressive performances were few and far between. England George Ford produces a was noteworthy display. However, our nod goes to England Nathan Hughes. The No.8 had 7 line breaks after just 40 minutes of play and was influential even well before his try in the 23rd minute.  

Villain of the match: It was the static pace of the game too many stops and starts.

Moment of the match: Ford's long pass to Nathan Hughes which set up the first try in the 23rd minute.

The scorers:

For England:
Tries:
Hughes, Rokoduguni
Con:  Ford
Pens: Ford 3

For Argentina:
Try:
Sánchez
Pen: Boffelli

Yellow card: Joaquín Tuculet (Argentina, 21 - Dangerous tackle)

England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Henry Slade, 11 Elliot Daly, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 George Kruis, 4 Courtney Lawes, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley (captain), 1 Mako Vunipola.   
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Joe Launchbury, 20 Sam Simmonds, 21 Danny Care, 22 Alex Lozowski, 23 Semesa Rokoduguni.

Argentina: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Juan Martín Hernandez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Tomás Lezana, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Matías Alemanno, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Santiago García Botta.
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Lucas Noguera, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Benjamin Macome, 20 Leonardo Senatore, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Nicolás Sánchez, 23 Sebastian Cancelliere.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Dan Jones (Wales)
TMO: Olly Hodges (Ireland)

Source: Agence France-Presse

Nathan Hughes (22min) and Semesa Rokoduguni (66min)
TRIES
Nicolas Sanchez (77min)
George Ford (67min)
CONVERSIONS
George Ford (6min), George Ford (13min), and George Ford (33min)
PENALTIES
Emiliano Boffelli (9min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
Joaquin Tuculet (21min)
 
 
VENUE Twickenham
REFEREE Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)