England blitz Pumas
Sat, 15 Jun 2013 21:25
Freddie Burns scored 19 points as England beat Argentina 51-26 in the second Test in Buenos Aires on Saturday.
Flyhalf Burns helped Stuart Lancaster's team to become the first side from England to win a Test series in Argentina 2-0.
They scored seven tries - with two earned by the pack forcing penalty tries and two for wing Marland Yarde on his Test debut, with Kyle Eastmond also scoring in his first international.
The win wraps up four out of four for Lancaster's side - who rested five senior internationals and had their British and Irish Lions missing from games against the Barbarians, a South American XV and two Tests against Argentina.
Burns, on duty with Owen Farrell in Australia with the Lions, did his best to earn an elite player squad place when Lancaster announces his 33 man party in August and several other youngsters gave the head coach food for thought.
Eastmond and Yarde made major contributions as England made light of the absence of Christian Wade, who was also called up by the Lions earlier in the day.
But they were made to work hard by a determined Argentina team who did not perform in the first half of the previous Test.
Lancaster's side were comfortable 32-3 winners in Salta last week and by half-time they had built a 27-12 lead thanks mostly to two penalty tries earned by their pack.
Trailing 6-12 with 31 minutes gone they forced the Argentinean scrum into conceding five points with a big drive and Burns extended their lead when he stretched over on 40 minutes with two defenders handing onto him.
Just before the break England captain Tom Wood backed his forwards again when the Pumas conceded a penalty near the line and referee Nigel Owens gave them a second penalty try after another huge drive.
That put England 27-12 up at the break but Argentina hit back with a score by wing Manual Montero before Rob Webber went over for England.
The home No.8 Tomas Leonardi grabbed another score, but when Eastmond went through three defenders on his way to the line the game was sealed.
There was time for Yarde to add his second as England ran out winners against an Argentinean team weakened by the loss of many of their European-based players.
Man of the match: This award goes to England loosehead prop Joe Marler, who [produced a fabulous performance in the tight and loose.
Tries: Montero, Leonardi
Cons: Bustos Moyana 2
Pens: Bustos Moyana 4
Tries: Penalty try 2, Burns, Webber, Yarde 2, Eastmond
Cons: Burns 4, Myler
Pens: Burns 2
Argentina: 15 Martin Bustos Moyano, 14 Belisario Agulla, 13 Gonzalo Tiesi, 12 Gabriel Ascarate, 11 Manuel Montero, 10 Felipe Contepomi, 9 Nicolas Vergallo, 8 Tomas Leonardi, 7 Benjamin Macome, 6 Rodrigo Baez, 5 Mariano Galarza, 4 Julio Farias Cabello, 3 Maximiliano Bustos, 2 Martin Garcia Veiga, 1 Guillermo Roan.
Replacements: 16 Mauricio Guidone, 17 Pablo Henn, 18 Francisco Gómez Kodela, 19 Esteban Lozada, 20 Tomás De la Vega, 21 Tomás Cubelli, 22 Benjamín Madero, 23 Matías Orlando.
England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Jonny May, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Marland Yarde, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Lee Dickson, 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Matt Kvesic, 6 Tom Wood (captain), 5 Dave Attwood, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 David Wilson, 2 Rob Webber, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 David Paice, 17 Paul Doran Jones, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Courtney Lawes, 20 Billy Vunipola, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 Stephen Myler, 23 Ben Foden.
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Marius Jonker (South Africa), Christie du Preez (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)
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