This was a great piece of individual skill from Henry Slade, but it comes from a number of England players getting their roles in attack right.
At Test match level, it’s how you run those roles under pressure that make other people’s jobs simpler.
Danny Care (base of ruck) and George Ford (circled red) are a threat in attack, and the flatter they get, the better. They have the skills to put their teammates into space, so defenders cannot afford to move off of them.
Their attacking threat is what creates space for others and it’s the pace with which they attack that line flat that allows players out wide a bit more time on the ball – if they give it early it just means defenders can shift off.
Ford takes early ball form Care and Nathan Hughes (circled red) runs a great line, fixing the Argentina defence (circled blue) in particular Agustin Creevy, the Argentine captain – which exposes the defender outside of him.
Ford misses Hughes and finds Slade, who is coming onto the ball at pace. In behind him is Mike Brown and Alex Lozowski, players that will aid in what comes next.
The Argentine defender (circled blue) has to make a decision, take Slade or slide onto Brown and Lozowski. He squares up his feet and falls for Slade’s dummy – well disguised by the Exeter Chiefs man.
The acceleration Slade initially used to come onto the ball means he is away from that defender as soon as he is even half a yard outside of him.
Once he has broken the line, he accelerates well and because Jonny May has held his width really well, Slade knows exactly where the space is.
He drops a well-weighted kick into the space, and May wins the race to the ball to dot down for my play of the week.