- Argentina – Tries: Tuculet, Matera, Boffelli Cons: Sanchez 2 Pens: Sanchez 2
- England – Tries: Ewels, Francis, Care, Collier Cons: Ford 2 Pens: Ford 3. Drop-goal: Ford
England sealed a 2-0 series victory over Argentina after winning another enthralling Test against Argentina in Sante Fe.
England had a five-point lead at the break with tries from Charlie Ewels and Piers Francis as well as eight points from George Ford.
Argentina crossed through Joaquin Tuculet in between those England tries while Nicolas Sanchez also kicked two penalties and a conversion.
The game was level on the hour after Argentinean tries from Pablo Matera and Emiliano Boffelli, while Danny Care crossed for England.
A converted try from Will Collier and a further drop goal from Ford took the final score to 35-25.
After the thrilling first Test in which eight tries were scored we only had to wait five minutes for the first in Sante Fe.
It was England’s forwards that did the damage. A line-out found its way to number eight Nathan Hughes on the crash ball and after breaking the gain line Joe Launchbury continued the momentum before offloading to Ewels who barged over from close range for his first England try.
Argentina were level a few moments later with their three-quarters recycling the ball accurately through midfield and Tuculet finished well out wide which Sanchez converted.
Ford and Sanchez traded penalties before Argentina edged ahead midway through the half. Argentina continued the pressure on England but Sanchez wasted a further effort to stretch their advantage.
The returning Chris Robshaw and debutant Sam Underhill combined to help England win a penalty at a turnover which Ford slotted and moments later Mike Brown produced a moment of magic to intercept a cross-kick midway through his own half before carving through the Argentina defence and offloading to Francis for a first international try.
Narrow half-time advantage
IBM TryTracker stats at half-time showed how hard England were made to work for their five-point lead at the break.
Eddie Jones’ men completed 42 tackles in contrast to Argentina’s 17. Los Pumas had 67% possession to 38% while they also made 231 metres in comparison to England’s 149. However, the key stat was the score which at the break was 18-13.
A high tackle from Brown resulted in a penalty which Sanchez again missed as England held their five-point advantage.
A Francis grubber kick was blocked by Matera who showed good footwork to dribble the ball before it bounced up into his hands allowing him to charge over in the corner to level the score.
Another counter-attack from Brown after a turnover released Care who ran in unchallenged for his 12th international try which Ford converted.
Your man of the match is Mike Brown pic.twitter.com/x8e4eU7LWY— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) June 17, 2017
Brown was enjoying a fine game and was named man of the match by England fans on social media.
Patient build-up and an attack from Argentina on the blindside saw Boffelli go over down the left wing and Sanchez levelled the game with the conversion.
Collier bundled over after England successfully drove a line-out over Argentina's try line and Ford sent over the conversion.
A Ford drop goal crucially took the lead to 10 points and brave defence from England kept Argentina out despite intense late pressure.
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.
Jones' men will next play three Test matches against Argentina (11 November), Australia (18 November) and Samoa (25 November) at Twickenham.
England: Mike Brown; Marland Yarde, Henry Slade, Piers Francis, Jonny May; George Ford, Danny Care; Ellis Genge, Dylan Hartley, Harry Williams, Charlie Ewels, Joe Launchbury, Robshaw, Underhill, Nathan Hughes.
Replacements: Jack Singleton, Matt Mullan Will Collier, Nick Isiekwe, Mark Wilson, Jack Maunder, Alex Lozowski, Denny Solomona.
Argentina: Joaquin Tuculet; Ramiro Moyano, Matias Orlando, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Emiliano Boffelli; Nicolas Sanchez, Martín Landajo; Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Javier Ortega Desio, Pablo Matera, Tomas Lavanini, Matias Alemanno, Enrique Pieretto, Agustín Creevy (capt), Lucas Noguera Paz.
Replacements: Julian Montoya, Santiago García Botta, Ramiro Herrera, Guido Petti, Tomas Lezana, Gonzalo Bertranou, Juan Martin Hernandez, Matias Moroni.