England’s Stuart Lancaster demands step-up ahead of Pumas Test

England head coach Stuart Lancaster admits there is still a lot of work to do ahead of their first summer Test against Argentina

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Stuart Lancaster's men are currently touring South America Photo: The Sport Review

Stuart Lancaster admits there is still a lot of work to do ahead of the first summer Test against Argentina after a comfortable 41-21 win over a South American XV in Montevideo.

Billy Vunipola, who missed out on a Red Rose debut during the Six Nations because of injury, scored a hat-trick for England, with Ben Foden, twice, Tom Wood and Paul Doran Jones also crossing.

But the Consur XV managed three tries of their own and Lancaster is well-aware that his team will have to improve before the first Test against the Pumas in Salta.

Lancaster said: “I think there is plenty to work on. We probably didn’t get enough width in defence. Our general levels of accuracy, the players will be disappointed with. It’s a step-up in mentality as much as anything.

“It’s the end of a long hard season for us and it will be a physical game for us on Saturday. At the highest level we know we have got to be better. With our set-piece getting good ball our backs began to show some of the skills and creativity we have got and we have to put the package together for 80 minutes to get that first win in Salta.

“There are decisions to be made in the make-up of the back row and the bench. As you can see from the game, the breakdown will be fiercely contested on Saturday and there were times when we didn’t deliver as good ball as we wanted.

“I have some decisions to make as to how we go about the game. The most important thing for me is it makes it clear how difficult it will be next Saturday.

“The sessions will be fiercely contested. We need to prepare well in order to get our mindset right for Saturday.”

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