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England First Into World Cup Quarters With Win Over Pumas

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England became the first team to qualify for the World Cup quarterfinals after beating 14-man Argentina 39-10 in Tokyo on Saturday.

A Benjamin Urdapilleta penalty briefly handed Argentina the lead before England hit back with three first-half tries from Jonny May, Eliot Daly and Ben Youngs, the latter two coming after the red carding of Pumas lock Tomas Lavanini for a high tackle on Owen Farrell.

There were three further England tries for George Ford, Jack Nowell and Luke Cowan-Dickie in the second period, Matias Moroni crossing for a consolation try for Argentina.

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Man of the match: The award goes to Sam Underhill for his industrious performance around the park. Special mention also goes to fullback Elliot Daly who was a constant threat on attack.

Moment of the match: The game changed as a contest when Tomas Lavanini was sent off for his high shot on Owen Farrell in the 18th minute.

Villain: Tomas Lavanini for his high shot on Owen Farrell. It ruined the contest.

The scorers:

For England:
Tries: May, Daly, Youngs, Ford, Nowell, Cowan-Dickie
Cons: Farrell 3
Pen: Farrell

For Argentina:
Try: Moroni
Con: Boffelli
Pen: Urdapilleta

Red card: Tomas Lavanini (Argentina, 18 – foul play, high tackle)


England: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Owen Farrell (captain), 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Tom Curry, 5 George Kruis, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Dan Cole, 19 Courtney Lawes, 20 Lewis Ludlam, 21 Willi Heinz, 22 Henry Slade, 23 Jack Nowell.

Argentina: 15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Matias Moroni, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Santiago Carreras, 10 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera (captain), 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.
Replacements: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Mayco Vivas, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Lucas Mensa, 23 Bautista Delguy.

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand), Andrew Brace (Ireland)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

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