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Wade earned Lancaster praise

Stuart Lancaster hailed Christian Wade's eye-catching Test debut in England's 32-3 victory over Argentina in Salta.

Wade was at the heart of a thrilling attacking performance in the opening 40 minutes and he was involved in the first three tries - scored by David Strettle, Billy Twelvetrees and Ben Morgan - as England stormed into a commanding 25-0 lead. Billy Vunipola wrapped up the victory with a try in the last minute.

"Christian did what he does in the Premiership. He sets our attack alight and he causes problems in defence," Lancaster said. "A lot of the unseen work he did was effective, his positional play and his defensive kick-chase."

Lancaster confirmed there had been no contact from the British and Irish Lions, who need to replace the injured Tommy Bowe, regarding Wade or any of England's back three players. Wade was not the only man to shine. Ben Morgan was back to his destructive best and Dave Attwood picked apart the Argentina lineout.

David Wilson led England's dominant scrummaging performance and Matt Kvesic enjoyed an accomplished debut on the openside flank, securing quick ball and acting well as a link man. With that forward dominance, the England back division shone.

"England were accurate and played with intensity and pace which the Pumas struggled to deal with," Lancaster said. "In attack our intent to play and the speed and tries were excellent."

England defended for long periods of the second half and succeeded in keeping Argentina out. Lancaster was impressed with their resilience but he will drill into them the importance of discipline after a series of penalties which ended up with Courtney Lawes being sin-binned.

"The Pumas made it very difficult in the second half and we need to improve going into next week," he said. "Argentina had 70 per cent possession in the second half so I was pleased not to concede a try but we can't concede 15 penalties next week. We need to improve our discipline in that regard."

Lancaster's squad head to Buenos Aires on Sunday with the opportunity to complete England's first ever series clean sweep over the Pumas in Argentina

"A series clean sweep has not been achieved over here and I have plenty to go at in the review, I can assure you," Lancaster said. "I want England to develop the type of game that can win at the highest level consistently and in lots of areas we achieved that. The challenge now is to do it for 80 minutes - and that is the challenge for next week."


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