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 winger 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.
However, they were made to work hard by a determined Argentina team who did not perform in the first half of the previous Test.
“Argentina were much improved on last week and put us under pressure so it is even more pleasing to score 50 points. We thought there would be a reaction from Argentina,” Lancaster said.
“Getting the series win was the first objective. The second objective was to develop our options and looking at other selections and that has been achieved,” he said.
Lancaster’s side were comfortable 32-3 winners in Salta last week and by halftime they had built a 27-12 lead thanks mostly to two penalty tries earned by their pack in an effort spearheaded by loose head prop Joe Marler who was man of the match.
“He deserved it — he has been in extremely good form since he came into camp,” Lancaster said. “It shows the strength in depth we have in that position with Mako Vunipola and Alex Corbisiero with the Lions and Joe Marler doing what he is doing here.”
Trailing 12-6 with 31 minutes gone England forced the Argentine 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 winger 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 Argentina team weakened by the loss of many of their European-based players.
S AFRICA V SCOTLAND
Scotland coach Scott Johnson slammed French referee Romain Poite after a 30-17 four-nation tournament defeat by hosts South Africa on Saturday.
The Australian was furious at the “handbags” sin binning of lock Jim Hamilton just past the hour mark after he pushed his hands into the face of Springbok second rower Eben Etzebeth.
The experienced Hamilton was sorely missed as he left the field with Scotland leading 17-13. When he returned they were three points behind after South Africa were awarded a penalty try.