My play of the week came at an important time in Saturday's Test at 13-13 with just 10 minutes of the first half remaining.
It’s a play that was a genuine 50/50 and could have gone either way, it was a momentum shift, and meant England went in at the break with a lead.
Nicolas Sanchez (circled blue) decides to mix it up, and hits a cross-field kick to his winger. It was a well-executed nudge and it’s a big call from Mike Brown (circled red below) to back himself to nab it in the air.
Because it’s quite a flat kick, Brown can attack it hard, so rather than competing statically, he backs himself to get off the ground - which we’ve seen him do time and again - and he does it brilliantly here to turn defence into attack straight away.
As he sets off with ball in both hands, Brown decides to cut in-field to attract the back-tracking Argentine defence (circled blue), who do well to come across and shut him down, but the support lines from England (red) are fantastic.
Piers Francis (red arrow) sticks in behind Brown, and reacts well to his decision. Understanding of support running is difficult and it comes with time, and you wouldn’t have thought Francis would’ve had had a lot of time with Brown to understand what he would do. The fact that they’re both really good players and read the game well helps here.
Support play is all about reacting to what the ball carrier is doing, it cannot be the other way around. If Brown goes left, Francis goes right and vice versa. And that’s exactly what happens here, Francis reacts to Brown's movements and continues on his run.
Now a moment of brilliance from Brown, who expertly commits two defenders, and releases a perfect offload to Francis for the two-capped centre to cross the whitewash for his first international try.
The score came at an important time in the match, and I think if Brown doesn't catch that initial kick, it was pretty much under the sticks for Argentina. A real momentum shifting try, and my play of the week.