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Sunday, June 09, 2013

England too strong for Argentina in first Test in Salta

England scored four tries as they beat Argentina 32-3 in the first of their two Test series in Salta on Saturday. Three tries were scored in the first half, before debutant Billy Vunipola crossed in the final minute of the match.

With some key men on the Lions tour, England have a new look side but produced a strong first half performance, with David Strettle, Billy Twelvetrees and Ben Morgan all crossing for tries.

Argentina themselves had a fairly experimental side, which didn't pay off as Freddie Burns kicked 12 points for the visitors, who led 25-3 at half time.

No England side has ever won a series 2-0 in Argentina, so going one-nil up a massive step towards achieving the feat that Bill Beaumont's 1981 side last came closest to doing.

"If you'd said to me at the start of the day that we'd win by that scoreline, I'd have taken it," said pleased coach Stuart Lancaster.

The two sides meet in Buenos Aires next weekend for the deciding game, where going by the first Test, England will probably be favourites to win.

"The goal at the start was to come away with two wins from two tests, which has not been done by England before, so, part two to come," Lancaster added.

Posted at 10:56 am | 22 comments

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Matt June 09, 2013 2:30 pm

The ref had blown his whistle a second or two before Billy V had scored his try. Strange how it was then given.

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Guy June 09, 2013 4:13 pm

From a neutral perspective: England played awesome at times. Better then I have seen all Six Nations. It might have been an average Argentinian team but you still have to take your chances.

They blew quite a few by the way. That might be some cause for concern.

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Rob June 09, 2013 6:40 pm

Lee Dixon's service is so fast! Why can't Phillips, Youngs, etc just get the ball away like that?

I watched the game live and really enjoyed Andy Robinsons co-commentary actually, although it sounded like they had turned down the Argentinean crowd quite a bit.

Interestingly the ref allowed pretty much zero interference at the breakdown (he's a former 1/2 back) and he's reffing the 1st lions test, so hopefully Gats & co took note!

Rob

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fullbacks June 09, 2013 6:44 pm

The amount of players absent that normally play for Argentina was much greater that the players England have in the Lions.
Hernández, Imhoff, Sánchez, Camacho, Agulla, Bosch, Santiago Fernández, Lobbe, Leguizamón, Albacete, Ayerza, Carizza, Creevy, Figallo, Amorosino, Rodríguez, Guiñazu, Lobo, Orlandi and Senatore...
These play the major part in the Argentine squad!

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Pipo June 10, 2013 1:41 am

I think they were rested. Just like England, the Argentines probably see the 2 tests as an opportunity for bringing in new players, hence why stars like Juan Martin Hernandez are not playing and instead a bunch of Argentine club players are.

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Eze Ch June 12, 2013 2:58 pm

We need those players for The Rugby Championship and we must give them a month holidays in their year. Thats the reason the top players can´t play in this window.

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FatProp June 09, 2013 6:57 pm

Happy with the game only quarrel was that strettle played instead of May and blew a few chances just seems like a strange selection policy. Also shows how much we missed Morgan during the 6 nations !

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dave June 09, 2013 7:08 pm

I thought that both strettle and may didn't show very much in their showing against the consur xv, yarde however showed a lot more x factor and offers something different with his power

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WoodenMan June 09, 2013 7:13 pm

@FatProp- couldn't agree more. If Morgan had been fit all year and played in the 6 nations he would be starting in the first test for the Lions in two weeks.

@Rob are you serious about Andy Robinson's commentary? Has to be the dullest commentator around. Added absolutely nothing and at times his inputs were nothing other than cringeworthy. Enjoyed the BBC coverage apart from that though.

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Rob June 09, 2013 7:16 pm

@WoodeMan - Ha, no sorry I wasn't joking...think maybe a diet of Harris & Barnes has driven me mad :)

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TechnoMouse June 09, 2013 7:19 pm

I actually found Andy Robinson's commentary quite interesting. He didn't make anything *sound* interesting, i.e. his voice is a bit boring, but I liked some of his insight. Preferable to Stuart Barnes for sure.

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dave June 09, 2013 7:20 pm

imo Morgan should be the lions 8, he puts both faleteau and heaslip to shame, that bloke has so much power

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Rob June 09, 2013 8:35 pm

Dixon is a v no nonsense scrum half in that he understands that his job first and foremost is to get the ball out. He doesn't have the pace to do what Care or Youngs can do or the power to do what Phillips can do so he just focuses on the basics which he does extremely well. I fully agree that it makes a massive different to England's backline when he plays because his service is so quick. Wish the others would learn from that

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FatProp June 09, 2013 8:56 pm

@Woodenman I may be saying this with English bias but he is in the top 5 number 8 in the world, Read-Parrise-Picamoles-Morgan possibly I now know that someone will mention a name I forgot that makes me look stupid !

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Tc June 09, 2013 9:23 pm

Agree with a lot if the comments. Morgan should be in oz. no question. He's the best ball carrier of all the home nations.

Nice to see some sense about 9. I totally agree it should be service first, then other facets of the game secondary. Phillips, care and youngs all have a look for themselves before passing, and hate it when 9s take 3 steps to pass. Must be a nightmare for any 10

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Facepalm June 09, 2013 11:43 pm

From what I can see those steps only work when the team is going forward over the gain line. Youngs' problem is that he tries it when England are going backwards and he inevitably gets scragged by a guard. But when done right those runs tear defences apart. The also take the pressure off the 10 because the defence is so petrified of the 9. Will Genia vs Wales anyone?

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TC June 10, 2013 2:40 pm

so you want a 9 to start sniping when you have quick ball? its probably the worst time to start looking for holes around the fringes. i agree you need to straighten when defences drift, but playing round the fringes with decent ball doesnt seem like agood strategy to me, especially if you have pace outside

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Facepalm June 10, 2013 7:39 pm

It's not sniping. Sniping is when the scrum half actually tries to take the gap. And if there is a gap then yes I would like that.

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Adam Johnson June 10, 2013 10:38 pm

I've said it before - England are SO much better with Morgan on the field. Without him or recognised no.8 in the 6N we were so dire. Morgan gives go-forward ball, power, offloading - the whole package to help a team get on the front foot. With him covering those bases the other flankers can do their good work without worrying about being outmuscled. Good to see Billy Vunipola do much the same thing when he came on - shows we'll have strength in depth and never have to press a 7 into a makeshift 8 in future.

Some other players who were just too inexperienced to throw in in the 6N cauldron (although they couldn't have been any worse than the shower at Cardiff) did really well. Says something about Burns that dye his hair blonde and it could've been Farrell out there - hopefully he'll give great competition for Farrell's place. Same with Kvesic on Robshaw and the ELECTRIC Wade with Ashton - there's a few first choice players sitting at home rather nervous if they'll still have their shirt come the autumn!

Thought Foden offered a little bit more than Brown when he came on, and Strettle despite his try blew too many chances. 12T was awesome, would love to see him partnered with a big guy like Tuilagi or Barritt, rather than two big guys in the centres. Imagine the damage they could do with 12Ts running lines and Tuilagi's power and both offloading to each other and those around them! Joseph also pretty good but still a bit rough around the edges, Eastmond the same also.

Very happy with this result. Onto test 2! Will the Argies bring back their big guns?

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Anthony97446 June 12, 2013 12:14 am

People are forgeting that (Argentina) the first chose 21 players are being rested for the rugby championships so in reality it was Englands A team (yes they are missing a few players 5 or 6) against an Argentine B squad!

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dave June 12, 2013 1:22 am

actually england is missing 11 of their starters, there's no way this is england a, what you mean is a lot of these guys are good enough to be on the A team of any other european team which says a lot about England's depth and the good work stuart lancaster is putting in

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