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What a test match
Kath... (IP Logged)
10 June, 2017 22:28
Did not see all as on holiday in Spain. But by all accounts fantastic. Well done England

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Kath... (IP Logged)
10 June, 2017 22:41
Argentina (17) 34
Tries: Boffelli, Lavanini, de la Fuente, Tuculet Cons: Sanchez 4 Pen: Sanchez Drop-goal: Sanchez
England (13) 38
Tries: Yarde, May, Ford, Solomona Cons: Ford 3 Pens: Ford 4
Denny Solomona's dazzling solo try saw a much-changed England edge to victory in an epic encounter against Argentina.

The Pumas looked to have won it through Juan Martin Hernandez's drop-goal but Solomona went over from halfway.

The hosts led 17-13, Emiliano Boffelli and Tomas Lavanini tries cancelling out Marland Yarde and Jonny May scores.

Second-half tries from Jeronimo de la Fuente and Joaquin Tuculet for the hosts, and George Ford for England, then set up the thrilling finish.

The second and final Test of the tour takes place next Saturday.

Under-strength, but firing on all cylinders

With the Lions tour and a host of injuries depriving England boss Eddie Jones of 30 players, the tourists fielded a match-day 23 containing 11 uncapped players - including four in the starting line-up.

Perhaps understandably England looked nervous initially and it was a good quarter of an hour before they started to gel, and although Yarde finished off a slick move they trailed by four points at the break.

Although they continued to make mistakes in an error-strewn game their attacking threat was always in evidence, with Henry Slade's sublime dummy and grubber-kick setting up May for a marvellous try.

Argentina looked a constant threat in attack themselves and scored two tries in two minutes through De la Fuente and Joaquin Tuculet, before Ford went over from distance to level matters.

Back again came the Pumas - but although Hernandez's drop-goal gave them a late lead, it left England enough time to mount a final attack.

When the ball reached Solomona, the controversial cross-code winger who has only played 15 games for Sale, there looked to be little danger.

But he bounced the first man, evaded several more defenders as he cut inside and handed off full-back Tuculet before racing over under the posts to win a belter of a game.


Re: What a test match
Tigersfan1 (IP Logged)
11 June, 2017 13:33
The thread title says it all! Great game to watch and a very encouraging win for such an inexperienced team. Lots of positives

Re: What a test match
pa8 (IP Logged)
11 June, 2017 16:39
Thought the 2 flankers had great games. Solomona did well for his try but as his lack of defence had contributed to 2 Pumas tries, he owed that one. Ford had probably his best game for England.

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P G Tips (IP Logged)
12 June, 2017 09:01
Great stuff too from the starting props, Launchbury & Hughes.


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