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England survives against Argentina Pumas

Reuters
Monday, June 19, 2017

SANTE FE, Argentina - England completed a 2-0 series triumph over Argentina with a hugely entertaining 35-25 victory yesterday carved out by a team lacking their powerful British and Irish Lions contingent.

For the second successive week, Eddie Jones's tourists prevailed in a see-saw try-fest, crossing the line four times through Charlie Ewels, Piers Francis, Danny Care and Will Collier.

The cool playmaking and kicking of flyhalf George Ford, who compiled 15 points capped by his decisive 74th-minute drop goal, was also instrumental as the match lay in the balance going into the last quarter.

Argentina, who lost a remarkable first test 38-34 in San Juan, again had their moments at the Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao Lopez, holding the initiative midway through the first half and scoring three tries themselves through Joaquin Tuculet, Pablo Matera and Emiliano Boffelli. Yet after Ford's drop goal at last gave the Six Nations champions breathing space, England repelled the Pumas' final push as they sought in vain to become only the second team to beat Jones's side in his 20-match reign.








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