ENGLAND launched their November worldwide marketing campaign with an unconvincing 21-Eight victory over 2019 World Cup pool opponents Argentina at Twickenham.
Nathan Hughes scored his first Check try to Semesa Rokoduguni additionally crossed for England earlier than Nicolas Sanchez went over late on for the Pumas in an error-strewn match.
This was England’s fourth successive victory in opposition to Argentina in simply over a 12 months, together with a 2-Zero sequence triumph in Argentina in June.
However they may certainly must go up a gear in opposition to Australia every week on Saturday.
For the Pumas, defeat continued a depressing 2017 that has seen them file only one victory in 10 Checks — in opposition to Georgia in June.
England began with Henry Slade at inside centre and Sam Underhill within the pack after coach Eddie Jones rested the British and Irish Lions duo of Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje.
England, in an unfamiliar black change equipment at a wet Twickenham, had an opportunity to take the lead within the second minute.
However fly-half Ford, taking up kicking duties in Farrell’s absence, noticed a 35-metre penalty try hit the appropriate put up.
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He was twice on targe from nearer vary, nevertheless, after Argentina conceded two unnecessary ruck penalties.
Ford’s profitable goal-kicks got here both aspect of wing Emiliano Boffelli’s eighth-minute effort for the Pumas.
Either side struggled to get a lot moving into assault however a key second of the primary half got here within the 22nd minute when Argentina wing Joaquin Tuculet was sin-binned for taking out England fullback Mike Brown in mid-air because the pair contested a excessive ball.
It appeared a harsh resolution however South African referee Marius van der Westhuizen dominated Tuculet was “not in a practical place” to try a catch and, after learning video replays, produced a yellow card.
In the meantime Brown — who has a historical past of concussion accidents — was changed by Rokoduguni after showing to land awkwardly on his head.
Quickly afterwards, with Argentina a person down, England scored the one strive of the opening interval when Ford’s expertly-judged cut-out move discovered Hughes out broad on the appropriate, with the No Eight charging over from shut vary for his first Check strive.
Ford couldn’t convert however England led 11-Three.
Argentina fly-half Juan Martin Hernandez, most popular to Nicolas Sanchez by coach Daniel Hourcade, had two probabilities to shut the hole shortly earlier than the half-hour mark.
However from out left on the 22 he has off beam with a penalty after which, from the same distance, on the appropriate, the veteran playmaker made a horrible mess of one other penalty probability, pulling the ball far throughout the face of the posts.
As an alternative, it was England who scored subsequent.
Ford’s intelligent chip forward was regathered by half-back associate Ben Youngs, who in flip handed to Slade.
The Exeter midfielder, nevertheless, was tackled with out the ball and Ford made no mistake with a easy penalty six minutes earlier than half-time.
Early within the second half, England threatened on the counter-attack just for passes from Slade and Anthony Watson to go astray.
However Argentina have been unable to scale back the deficit when Boffelli was nicely broad with a long-range penalty shortly earlier than the hour mark.
With the Pumas nonetheless 11 factors down, they ran a kickable penalty just for England to carry up the following maul.
Each groups introduced on replacements within the last quarter, with Sanchez approaching for Hernandez within the 64th minute solely to overlook a kickable penalty quickly afterwards.
England then prolonged their lead within the 66th minute when substitute again Alex Lozowski made a surging break deep into Argentina’s 22. The ball was recycled and Slade’s lengthy move put Rokoduguni in on the proper nook.
After checking for a ahead move, van der Westhuizen awarded the try to Ford landed a troublesome conversion to make it 21-Three.
Argentina had the final phrase, although, when sustained stress led to a strive for Sanchez from a 30-phase transfer two minutes from time.
However it was too little too late for the Pumas, who noticed Sanchez’s conversion try rebound off the put up.
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