Argentina 26 - 51 England

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Date: 15/06/2013 KO: 20:10

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Argentina

TriesMontero (50) Leonardi (70)ConversionsBustos Moyana (51, 71)PenaltiesBustos Moyana (4, 11, 22, 27)

26
vs
51

England

TriesPenalty (30, 40) Burns (37) Webber (54) Yarde (58, 74) Eastmond (65)ConversionsBurns (31, 40, 59, 66) Myler (75)PenaltiesBurns (8, 25)

FT (ht: 12-25)

  • Last Updated: June 16 2013, 13:33 BST

Post-match reaction to England's 51-26 victory over Argentina.

Wood lifts the trophy after England clinched the series
Wood lifts the trophy after England clinched the series

Stuart Lancaster reflected on England's South American tour as a mission accomplished after watching his side beat the Pumas 51-26 in Buenos Aires and wrap up the Test series 2-0.

Marland Yarde marked his international debut with two tries and Kyle Eastmond, making his first England start, touched down for a dazzling solo score.

There were also maiden Test tries for fly-half Freddie Burns and hooker Rob Webber as England completed a victory founded on some shuddering defence and a dominant scrummaging display towards the end of the first half.

The England pack earned two penalty tries which changed the balance of power in the game and provided the platform for the second-half fireworks.

Lancaster had set his young side the challenge of becoming the first England team to complete a Test series clean sweep in Argentina and he wanted to return home with some fresh selection headaches.

Both targets were achieved.

"I am delighted to get the series victory. We had not achieved that before (with a clean sweep)," Lancaster said.

"Credit to Argentina. They improved this week and put us under a lot of pressure so it is even more pleasing to have scored 50 points.

"One of our goals was to win all four games on tour, including the Barbarians game. Objective one achieved.

"Objective two was to develop other options and look at increasing our selection decisions, which has also been achieved.

"In terms of our evolution, this tour has been critical. Some of the young players have gained a huge amount of experience coming on this tour and we have developed new leaders.

"We can look forward to the autumn internationals having won seven of the last eight games."

Christian Wade and Billy Twelvetrees were both called up by the British and Irish Lions after impressing in England's first Test victory in Salta.

Yarde, Jonny May, Eastmond and Matt Kvesic all took their chances on this tour and Lancaster will have some tough selection decisions to make when he names the elite squad in August.

Wade's call-up led to May making his Test debut and Lancaster was pleased with his accomplished performance, while Yarde grew in influence as the game went on and took his two tries expertly.

"Jonny was thrown in at the last minute. I can't think of an error he made in the game," Lancaster said.

"Marland has an unbelievable balance and power that makes him very hard to tackle."

Joe Marler responded to his two nearest rivals being on Lions duty by delivering a man-of-the-match performance. He tackled like a rabid dog and was key to both penalty tries.

"They were crucial," Lancaster said.

"We knew there would be a reaction from Argentina and we felt the full force of it in the first 20 minutes but we didn't lose our heads or composure.

"Rob Webber has come in at hooker and he scrummaged very well. David Wilson is playing his best rugby and Dave Attwood coming in behind him means we have a heavy scrum now.

"I am pleased Joe got man of the match. I thought he deserved it. He has been in exceptional form since he arrived in camp. It shows the strength in depth in that position."


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