It Takes Two

With just 3 minutes to go in San Juan last night it was 31-31 and if that ended up the final score it would have been a fair result.

Both sides played open rugby with admirable ambition and scored 4 tries each.

In the last few minutes the Pumas were pressing the England line and knew they had a penalty coming. Smelling blood and victory they shipped the ball back to Hernandez who coolly slotted a perfect drop goal. With less than 3 on the clock it looked to everyone like the winning score.

Everyone except Denny Solomona that is – he’d had a torrid time defensively since coming off the bench but showed just what he can do with the ball in hand.

He beat three men and raced under the posts to take England into a 38-34 lead with just seconds to go.

Winning in Argentina is not easy and this was no ordinary victory – without 30 players on the Lions tour, suspended or injured Eddie jones started with 4 uncapped players and introduced another 6 off the bench.

George Ford was outstanding as were Henry Slade, Nathan Hughes, Tom Curry and Mark Wilson – in fact the whole squad played well.

England did have a total of 345 caps at the start – although 292 were shared by just 4 players!

The kids can play a bit although not all of them are starters for their Premiership clubs, whereas the Pumas are based on the Jaguares who play in the heat of Super Rugby each week.

Things look bright for England’s strength in depth just over 2 years out from Japan 2019

But the performance brings problems for the Wizard of Oz – he will need to confirm an elite squad of just 35 when the Lions and the injured return.

Good luck with that Eddie!


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