Mike Brown says England’s finishers were crucial to the 35-25 win over Argentina in Santa Fe on Saturday.
Eddie Jones’ men scored four tries en route to victory over Los Pumas, wrapping up the series 2-0, and Brown admits the last six weeks of hard work has been worth it.
“I’m so happy for the boys, especially the young guys who have come here, they’ve put their best foot forward and shown how good English rugby is at the moment,” the Harlequin added.
“It was a massively tense last quarter, and the tired bodies out there really dug in - great work by the finishers coming on and picking up the tempo and line speed in defence. They were crucial.”
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The victory means England end their season with a record of 10 wins from 11 matches, with just one defeat.
They are also at the halfway-stage of their 2019 World Cup preparation with a record of 20 victories from 21 matches.
Brown, who ran for 130 metres, was awarded fan’s man of the match for his solid performance at the back of England’s line and pivotal role in creating two of England's tries, and the 31-year-old says Argentina played well and ‘showed how good they are’.
He added: “I’m thrilled, it’s been six weeks of hard work, with a new set of players, but we’ve all dug in and it’s fully deserved.”
'2-0 is a great result'
His backline counterpart George Ford, contributed 15 points from the boot, following on from a stellar performance in last weekend’s victory, and the fly-half admits it was a hard-fought win.
“It wasn’t pretty, there were a lot of errors and we certainly didn’t get going with our game but we found a way to win,” the 24-year-old said.
“Argentina are a brilliant team and you have to be at your best to win or somewhere near your best so we are very happy.”
He added: “With this brilliant young squad to come over here and win 2-0 is a great result.”Jones' men will next play three Test matches against Argentina (11 November), Australia (18 November) and Samoa (25 November) at Twickenham.