England 31 Argentina 12: Stuart Lancaster satisfied with win
England 31 Argentina 12: Stuart Lancaster insists he was satisfied with the win despite a poor second-half display
Stuart Lancaster insisted he was satisfied with England’s display after the Red Rose produced a mixed performance to beat Argentina.
England carried on from where they left off against Australia as Joe Launchbury scored a 12th-minute try to hand them a 10-3 lead at Twickenham.
Billy Twelvetrees and Chris Ashton both bagged tries to complete a rampant first-half performance from the hosts, although Argentina were far from their ruthless best.
Leading 24-6 at the start of the second half, England dramatically took their foot off the pedal before replacement Ben Morgan barged his way over the tryline in the closing moments.
“Delighted to get the win,” Lancaster said. “Obviously in the first half we put some intent into the game and delighted to be 24-6 up.
“In the second half, Argentina upped their game and we didn’t quite manage the breakdown as we had in first half.
“Overall, if you had offered the scoreline before the match, I would have taken it.”
On England’s second half display, he added: “You’re always striving for the 80-minute performance and you’re playing an experienced side who’ve been through the Rugby Championship together and pushing Australia, New Zealand and South Africa close, you know they’ll have moments.
“In the second half, they had more moments than we would have wanted but as I say 31-12, I’d have taken it.”
The England head coach also praised Chris Ashton and Billy Twelvetrees after the pair scored first-half tries.
“It was a good response. Billy was little bit disappointed with own performance last week. But his attitude in training was excellent.
“I’m sure when we look back at it we’ll see lots of opportunities we created and could have scored two or three more.”