London - England won their 12th successive Test of the year despite a
red card for Elliot Daly early in the first half, defeating Argentina
27-14 at Twickenham on Saturday.
In a tightly contested affair, momentum between the two sides ebbed
and flowed but it was England who got the rub of the green in the end
despite playing most of the match with 14 men.
Argentina will be kicking themselves, however, as they failed to make
the most of their numerical advantage and instead conceded a plethora
of penalties which cost them dearly in the end.
Both sides scored two tries apiece but a 17-point haul from Owen
Farrell, courtesy of five penalties and a conversion, helped seal
The contest was rocked as early as the fourth minute when Daly was
red carded for taking Leonardo Senatore out illegally in the air, after
Owen Farrell opened the scoring via a penalty a minute earlier.
Senatore landed heavily on his neck and his injury meant he was
replaced by the impressive Facundo Isa, who went on to score Argentina's
opening try later in the half.
Daly's red card presented los Pumas with a golden
opportunity to end England's unbeaten run but for the next 20 minutes
they did not look like a side who were interested in winning this Test.
In fact, they conceded numerous penalties and when it was within
goalkicking range Farrell made them pay and the home side led 9-0 by the
Things went from bad to worse for the visitors on the half-hour mark
when they conceded a penalty try after Matías Orlando deliberately
knocked on a Chris Robshaw pass to Tom Wood close to Argentina's
Farrell added the extras and Orlando was rightfully yellow carded for his cynical indiscretion.
To their credit, Argentina upped the ante on attack and spent the
latter part of the half camped inside the home side's 22. They received
numerous penalties close to England's try-line and continually opted to
pack down for scrums, a facet of play in which they held the upperhand.
Los Pumas' dominance at the set-piece eventually resulted in
Dan Cole being yellow carded for dropping his bind at a scrum.
Argentina opted for another scrum and were soon rewarded when, from the
set-piece, Isa showed great strength and determination as he barged
through a Ben Youngs tackle before crashing over for his team's opening
Juan Martín Hernández added the extras which meant England led 16-7
at the interval but Isa's try seemed to galvanise the visitors who made
it a two-point game soon after the restart when Santiago Cordero crossed
for their second try.
This, after Argentina launched a counter-attack from inside their
half and after the ball went through several pairs of hands, Cordero ran
onto a pass from Tomás Cubelli before dotting down.
The visitors failed to kick on, however, and Farrell added two
further penalties to give his side a 22-14 lead before Pablo Matera was
yellow carded for deliberately collapsing a maul in the 66th minute.
Although Farrell failed to convert the resulting penalty, Jonny May
rounded off a superb move shortly afterwards which meant England had the
game sewn up by the 68th minute.
Although there was no further points scored, the drama did not end
there as five minutes before full-time, Argentina's Enrique Pieretto was
also red carded for stamping on Joe Marler, who was yellow carded after
he held on to Pieretto's leg in an off-the-ball incident.
Tries: Penalty try, May
Penalties: Farrell (5)
Tries: Isa, Cordero
Conversions: Hernández (2)
15 Mike Brown, 14 Jonny May, 13 Jonathan
Joseph, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Elliot Daly, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8
Billy Vunipola, 7 Tom Wood, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 George Kruis, 4 Courtney
Lawes, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley (captain), 1 Mako Vunipola
Substitutes: 16 Jamie George, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Kyle
Sinckler, 19 Charlie Ewels, 20 Teimana Harrison,, 21 Danny Care, 22 Ben
Te’o, 23 Henry Slade
15 Santiago Cordero, 14 Matías Orlando,
13 Matías Moroni, 12 Santiago González Iglesias, 11 Juan Pablo Estelles,
10 Juan Martín Hernández, 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7
Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matías Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3
Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Lucas Noguera
Substitutes:16 Julián Montoya, 17 Santiago García
Botta, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Facundo Isa, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21 Martin
Landajo, 22 Jerónimo De la Fuente, 23 Gabriel Ascárate