England get their Autumn Nations Series up and running this afternoon as they welcome Argentina to Twickenham. With focus quickly shifting to next year’s World Cup, it’s the first of four matches on successive weekends, with clashes against Japan, New Zealand and world champions South Africa to come.
It’s the first match Eddie Jones’ side have played since their series win in Australia back in July, when Marcus Smith played a pivotal role in the decisive third Test victory. He unsurprisingly starts this afternoon, with Owen Farrell captaining from centre after passing the necessary return-to-play protocols.
As for Argentina, it’s a switch of codes for their coach Michael Cheika, who is also leading currently taking charge of Lebanon at the Rugby League World Cup. The Pumas finished bottom in the Rugby Championship, but did pick up sensational wins over both New Zealand and Australia during the summer. Follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below!
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PENALTY! England 13-12 Argentina – Emiliano Boffelli 39’
Boffelli comfortably knocks that over, he’s making the most of every England error.
Jones won’t be impressed with the amount of penalties his side are giving up, really sloppy overall.
38 mins: This is crazy, England again with a lack of discipline from the restart and they gift Argentina a penalty for offside.
You imagine it will very shortly be a one-point game again.
PENALTY! England 13-9 Argentina – Owen Farrell 37′
Anything you can do…
Farrell keeps up his perfect record too and England have their four-point lead back.
Nick Purewal at Twickenham
Tuilagi produced a monster hit to get the crowd going, but the Sale centre was probably just venting the latent frustrations of having no real platform for attack.
36 mins: England penalty, and Itoje then gets a bit of a telling off from the referee. “You’ve got the penalty, don’t make more of it than it is.” That’s that then.
Not a huge amount of flow to this match so far, very stop-start.
Farrell going for the points.
PENALTY! England 10-9 Argentina – Emiliano Boffelli 34’
He just doesn’t really miss.
Once again Boffelli absolutely perfect when the chance comes, and Argentina close the gap to England with just over five minutes to go until half-time.
32 mins: Huge roar from the Argentina pack, Montaya wins a penalty for his side as England don’t release.
Once again they will go for the posts, looking to close the deficit to just a point.
Nick Purewal at Twickenham
Sunshine and blue skies have replaced the rain at Twickenham, and England’s disposition has brightened up in tandem.
England set camp in Argentina’s 22, with Ben Youngs’ cute chip so nearly setting Smith clear. Joe Cokanasiga powered home from a five-metre scrum, well worked with Billy Vunipola and Youngs combining the send the flying wing over the line.
Farrell’s conversion has handed England a 10-6 lead approaching the half-hour mark.
29 mins: Back to a bit of a kicking battle, before Tuilagi puts in an absolutely monstrous hit. Gonzalez on the receiving end of it.
Haven’t seen too much of Smith yet for England, beyond that bright break as he chased a Young kick.
TRY! England 10-6 Argentina | Joe Cokanasiga 25’
Solid scrum, Youngs pops it inside to Cokanasiga and he just bulldozes his way over the line!
England up and running, Cokanasiga was never being stopped from there. Easy conversion from Farrell for the extras.