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MIKE BROWN: Tremendous counter out of defence in first half. Strong direct running throughout. Missed out on a deserved try by spilling the ball near Argentina's line. 7/10

JONNY MAY: On receiving end of a late tackle from Juan Pablo Estelles after catching the ball but landed on one leg and Argentina escaped with a penalty.Took his one chance superbly for match-clinching second-half try. 8

JONATHAN JOSEPH: Organised well in defence to minimise gaps with England one down in the backs. Limited attacking opportunities. 6

OWEN FARRELL: Kicked three out of four penalties in the first half as England battled to overcome the dismissal of Elliot Daly but uncharacteristically missed a couple after the break. Some trademark strong tackles. 6

ELLIOT DALY: Rightly sent off in the sixth minute for a clumsy and dangerous late tackle on Argentina's Leonardo Senatore after the number eight had caught a high ball. 2

GEORGE FORD: Bright build-up play in the lead up to England's first-half penalty try and neat delayed pass ahead of May's try. Reliable tactical kicking. 7

BEN YOUNGS: Not the same attacking platform to work off with England men down but reliable box kicking to relieve pressure and gain territory. 6

MAKO VUNIPOLA: Had to wait 35 minutes for first scrum but carried strongly in the loose. Replaced by Joe Marler on the hour. 6

DYLAN HARTLEY: Solid performance from the skipper for an hour before making way for Jamie George. 6

DAN COLE: Sin-binned at a scrum under England's post late in the first half leaving England down to 13 men either side of the break but performed strongly on his return. 6

COURTNEY LAWES: At the heart of England's pack effort with powerful drives and strong tackles. 7

GEORGE KRUIS: Marked his return from injury by winning clean lineout ball and competing well in the loose. 6

CHRIS ROBSHAW: Just the player you need when you are a man down for most of the game. Tremendous workrate as usual. Willing ball carrier and tackler throughout and named man of the match. 8

TOM WOOD: Delayed pass to draw his man and give May space to finish his second-half try and high tackle count. 7

BILLY VUNIPOLA: Some typically strong drives before limping out of the contest just before half-time. Must be a big doubt for Australia clash. 6

REPLACEMENTS: (6 ) - good aggression from Teimana Harrison, replacing the injured Billy Vunipola just before the break, while Jamie George and Joe Marler, on for Hartley and Mako Vunipola on the hour, helped produce a solid scrum that delivered a vital penalty to give England an eight-point lead at 22-14. Marler blotted copybook with yellow card in incident that led to Enrique Pieretto's late red card for stamping.


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