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    England have got their November international series off to a victorious but hardly glorious start after forcing their way past Argentina 21-8 at Twickenham in a stuttering game with barely any flowing rugby.

    Argentina came into the match having won only one game all year – against Georgia – and, not helped by missing five of six shots at goal, they never looked remotely like avoiding a fourth loss in 13 months to England, who they will meet again in the pool stage of the 2019 World Cup.

    England led 14-3 at the break with a try by No.8 Nathan Hughes but the scoreboard did not move again until the last 20 minutes when Semesa Rokoduguni stretched England’s lead.

    The crowd sat back to await more home tries but instead it was Nicolas Sanchez who had the final word with a try to finish off a sustained period of Pumas pressure.

    Captain Dylan Hartley admitted there was plenty to work on after one of England’s poorest performances under Eddie Jones.

    “A win’s the main thing today,” he told Sky Sports. There’s so much more to get better at.

    “Defensively we obviously wanted to keep a clean sheet, so obviously disappointed with conceding at any stage of the game. So there’s obviously stuff to work on.

    “Ball in hand I think we just need to get in the right areas of the field and then treasure the ball. Too many times the ball ended up in touch, the ball was a bit greasy, knocked it on. Ball retention is certainly something to focus on going forward.

    “We certainly need to go up a level. In terms of the team, it’s the start of our international season. The team coming together, gelling … we were a little bit rusty. We’re going to have to work hard and get better for next week.”

    England host the Wallabies at Twickenham on Saturday.

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    • November 12th 2017 @ 4:12pm
      Cuw said | November 12th 2017 @ 4:12pm | ! Report

      oh for those missed kicks …. the argies looked like they could not throw it over the bar if given a chance.

      both sides defended very well. but then the familiar 65m try was always on the cards 🙂

    • November 12th 2017 @ 9:41pm
      David said | November 12th 2017 @ 9:41pm | ! Report

      Saw Eddie’s expression between 50-65 mins in- he was furious. England are going to get a strong talking to this week. Really missed Farrell imo.

      Solid start but needs improvement or Australia will stroll past us.

    • November 12th 2017 @ 10:43pm
      In Brief said | November 12th 2017 @ 10:43pm | ! Report

      Worst match of the round. Argentina looked good in parts but made far to many errors and England really looked surprisingly average. First game of the season I guess.

    • November 12th 2017 @ 11:42pm
      Jp said | November 12th 2017 @ 11:42pm | ! Report

      The wheels on the chariot beginning to fall off..
      Eddy sticking to true form.

      • November 14th 2017 @ 1:22am
        adastra32 said | November 14th 2017 @ 1:22am | ! Report

        Best to hold off on the doom-mongering until after next Saturday.

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