Mako Vunipola Rugby World Cup 2019: England still searching for sparkling display despite Argentina win extending perfect start in Japan

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With the most exciting rugby games of all time, so much of the match gets coloured-in, in the remembering. The pictures may get smudged over the years, but we still marvel.

England’s assured 39-10 win over Argentina in the 2019 Rugby World Cup was definitely not one of those wonders.

In the build up to the match, former Argentina skipper Agustin Creevy – on the bench for this one – labelled the English game “boring.” This was the opportunity to prove him wrong.

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The stadium reverberated with nervous energy before kick-off. England scored through Jonny May, exploiting space on the left. Then Argentina were down to 14 men as menacing lock Tomas Lavanini thumped England captain Owen Farrell’s head with his shoulder in a tackle gone awry and got a red card. All before the 20-minute mark.

And yet, in scoring six tries on the way to a bonus-point win that saw them comfortably into the World Cup knock-outs, they could not loosen the tag Creevy had fastened to them pre-game.

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The flashes of brilliance in the game stood out in violent technicolour compared to the stretches of grey.

May buzzed. His try out wide after an England drive towards the line was a 25th for him in 48 England Tests. If he maintains his current blistering rate, he will bolt from his position of sixth on the all-time try-scorer list for England and could surpass Rory Underwood, who is on 49 in 85 games. If he maintains. 

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