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Fly-half Ford told ITV: “Really happy with the result. We were against a quality outfit. Argentina were playing for their lives and there were all the challenges that come with that, they’re a very passionate, emotional team.
“As always we feel there are areas we can be better at but that’s the exciting thing; we fix a few things up and we can be even better.”
Asked whether it is a challenge playing against 14 men, Ford added: “There’s potentially more space on the field which could seduce you a little bit more.
“We probably lost our way a little bit in terms of building pressure, playing some rugby which we probably didn’t need to do.
“But I thought we got it back towards the end of the first half and beginning of the second half we probably saw the game off so positives there.
“We wanted to simplify our game a little bit more and play to our strengths. We wanted to get our big ball carriers into the game, play through the line and not get seduced by that space too early and I think the first 10-15 minutes of the second half we did that.”
Assessing the game, Farrell said: “It was scrappy at times.
“I thought it was a decent amount of control from ourselves but we probably let the game get frantic a couple of times, forced a couple of things and let Argentina into the game at times.
“But I thought our control thereafter was good again and we got back down with some territory and that pressure told in the end.”
On England’s bench strength, he said: “It’s brilliant. It’s not just our bench either it’s the full 31. It’s been outstanding so far and we’re going to need them as this competition goes on.”
As for his own wayward performance with the boot, he added: “I fixed it up a little after half-time but I’ll do some work this week.”
Argentina head coach Mario Ledesma reacts to his side’s defeat to England today, knocking them out of the 2019 Rugby World Cup at the pool stages.
George Ford admits there is plenty of room for improvement for England after their 39-10 quarter-final-securing victory over Argentina today.
Owen Farrell reacts to his poor performance from the boot tonight. The England captain made just four kicks from eight, leaving nine points out there in what could have been a 48-point haul for England.
Sam Underhill is the Man of the Match in what will feel like somewhat of a twitchy Tokyo win
80 min: Cowan-Dickie puts the icing on the cake England 39 Argentina 10
Argentina concede the breakdown penalty and we have a 5 metre lineout for England, we wait for the drive…
It’s a convincing maul move and substitute hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie flops down for England’s sixth score.
Farrell lines up the conversion to end the game. The kick is good and England finish just shy of 40 points in what will feel like an underwhelming performance from the skipper and his charges alike against a 14-man Argentina team.
77 min: Pumas lose possession once again England 32 Argentina 10
Argentina concede yet another handling error, that’s 14 turnovers conceded now for Mario Ledesma’s men.
England have another scrum just outside the Argentine 22 an could strike for a sixth try here.
75 min: Try Nowell! England 32 Argentina 10
England’s set-piece comes for a fifth try! Jack Nowell slips through the Argentinian defence down the right touchline to race over for the score.
Farrell’s conversion bounces off the posts and in for another 2 points and a healthy 22-point lead.
73 min: Manu poleaxes Matera England 25 Argentina 10
Argentina are under pressure from the English defence within their own half ad Manu Tuilagi sends Pumas skipper Pablo Matera backwards, conceding the knock-on and setting up a scrum down the left flank 25 metres out.
71 min: Argentina get their score! England 25 Argentina 10
Argentina finally come good with a set-piece move.
Left wing Santiago Carreras slices through the English defence coming on from the blindside and links up with fellow winger Matias Moroni for the score.
The conversion is good and England’s lead is reduced to 15.
69 min: Exeter duo take to the field England 25 Argentina 3
Argentina can’t make the most of their possession, England clear the ball and the sides exchange kicks once more. Eventually Argentina lose the ball forward and Tuilagi charges through two tackles. England kick once more, as do Argentina.
We finish with an England lineout well within their own half and we see the Exeter Chiefs pairing of Jack Noewll and Henry Slade replace Anthony Watson and George Ford. Farrell reverts to fly-half with the Six Nations midfield of Tuilagi-Slade.
65 min: Boffelli error England 25 Argentina 3
Argentina win a scrum penalty against the head, but Emiliano Boffelli send his kick too far, a real coach killer of an error there.
Courtney Lawes is penalised for making contact with Boffelli after a failed charge down following England’s drop out kick. Boffeli goes for the corner again.
63 min: Fresh legs for England’s scrum England 25 Argentina 3
Dan Cole joins Ben Youngs at the third highest capped players in English history on 92 appearances. Cole arrives from the bench to replace Kyle Sinckler at tighthead while Mako Vunipola makes his return from injury for the hobbling Joe Marler.
England are struggling to breakdown a 14-man Argentine defence here, a lack of urgency and those pesky handling conditions seems to be playing their part.
60 min: Creevy won’t go quietly into the night England 25 Argentina 3
Former skipper and now Argentina’s record appearance holder Agustin Creevy won’t let his team go quiet here, he wins penalty at the breakdown from a Lewis Ludlam carry, a second from the young backrower.
Argentina change their fly-half with Lucas Menza coming on for Ben Urdapilleta, who’s been somewhat underwhelming today.
Fumes from the frontrow
59 min: More changes while Argentina fizzle out England 25 Argentina 3
Argentina’s kicking game can’t match the accuracy of England’s here and heads are beginning to drop. They make another change, this time with injured halfback Tomas Cubelli coming off for Felipe Ezcurra.
55 min: Changes England 25 Argentina 3
England bring on hard-hitting lock Courtney Lawes for lineout guru George Kruis while Argentina bring on Tomas Lezana for Guido Petti and Matias Orlando for Bautista Delguy.
We’re just inside England’s half with an England scrum to come.
52 min: Farrell penalty, Ford the puppet master England 25 Argentina 3
George Ford is finding space in the Argentine backfield for fun in Tokyo.
Argentina are offside and hand England Farrell another kick at goal. He dissects the posts and England have a 22-point lead.
50 min: Argentina ring the changes England 22 Argentina 3
Mario Ledesma has changed his entire front row in the hope of dragging back some momentum.
Agustin Creevy, Mayco Vivas and Santiago Medrano are on for Tetaz Chaparro, Montoya and Figallo. Number 19 Matias Alemanno has also replaced Javier Ortega Desio in the backrow.
47 min: Youngs off England 22 Argentina 3
We restart and England have changed Ben Youngs for Willi Heinz.
Argentina have the ball but Marcos Kremer is wrestled backwards by Joe Marler. Maro Itoje comes in to assist and rips the ball away!
Ford gets his hands on the ball and grubbers through deep into the right corner, it bounces off the outside of the corner flag for a tough defensive lineout for Los Pumas.
45 min: Argentina desperate in defence England 22 Argentina 3
England are on the charge and pull the Argentinian defence from left to right. Farrell is caught man and ball but gets enough support to hold onto possession.
We get a Manu Tuilagi carry, then a surge from Sam Underhill before George Ford dives over down the left flank for England’s bonus-point score.
Farrell lines up his fifth kick at goal and… he gets his first!
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42 min: Argentina halt own momentum England 15 Argentina 3
Saracens tighthead prop Juan Figallo, starting for Argentina, wins the turnover penalty at the breakdown from a Ludlam carry. Argentina kick to touch and mount an attack.
But Jeronimo de la Fuente can’t take Matera’s offload and hands England a scrum around halfway.
40 min: Vunipola off England 15 Argentina 3
After suffering a tweak to his ankle in the first half, England’s number eight Billy Vunipola has been replaced by Lewis Ludlam in the 20 jersey.
Aside from that we’re back in action with the same teams.
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Half-time verdict England 15 Argentina 3
It’s been a surprisingly sloppy game in Tokyo today, with the red card for Tomas Lavanini opening up plenty of holes in the Argentinian defence that England haven’t been sharp enough to concisely expose.
Argentina have shown flashes of potential in the wider channels through some swift outside backs, but they’re swimming against the tide here with 14 men.
Still, it’s a 12-point lead for England against a fast-tiring Los Pumas side. Expect the points to start rolling in during the second half.
42 min: Try for Youngs! England 15 Argentina 3
It’s relatively sloppy stuff from England against a 14-man defence here. Isolated carrier, loose balls and delayed passes feature, but they roll on regardless with a try for Youngs.
It’s Farrell’s fourth attempt from the boot for the conversion with the clock in the red and… he misses again! That’s 0 from 4 for Farrell in an unprecedented poor performance from the England captain with the boot.
We head to the changing rooms where both coaches are likely prepping their hairdryers.
39 min: Sloppy from Argentina England 10 Argentina 3
It’s sloppy from Argentina at maul time. Number eight Ortega Desio lifts both of Tom Curry’s legs off the ground and hands England a kick to touch.
Farrell buries the ball deep into Argentina’s half and England are on the attack again, looking for their third try of the half.
36 min: Try! England 10 Argentina 3
England spread it left and Daly nearly loses the slippery ball. After a few seconds juggling, he collects himself and steps through two Argentine defenders for England’s second score.
Farrell lines up the kick out left and… misses for a third time today! Very out of character from the skipper.
33 min: Penalty England 5 Argentina 3
Argentina are guilty of conceding the knock-on this time after brief moment of promise in attack, England force the scrum penalty and Elliot Daly uses his specialist left boot to get the lineout within Argentina’s half.
England are on the charge and find themselves on Argentina’s line. The siege continues in the tight…
30 min: England press the advantage England 5 Argentina 3
Argentina attempt an attacking kick in behind England’s defence but knock it on into touch.
It’s been all England since with plenty of kicking from hand and some prodding and poking of Argentina’s wide defence.
You feel England are happy to tire out a 14-man opposition before turning up the heat later in the game.
25 min: On the back foot England 5 Argentina 3
Argentina may be down a man, but they have the penalty against Joe Marler at the breakdown. They kick for the lineout within England’s half and look to take the game to England.
Urdapilleta attempts the up and under kick for his back three to chase but it’s dealt with easily by Daly. He calls the mark and clears for an Argentina lineout just inside England’s half.
24 min: England look to press advantage England 5 Argentina 3
After Manu Tuilagi is penalised for tackling the player in the air, we have alternating skirmishes from both sides.
England seem happy to continue to pressure their opposition through Ben Youngs’ kicking game here.
A closer look
It’s an easy decision for Nigel Owens. We’ve had five red cards so far this Rugby World Cup, two of which have come from high shots on Owen Farrell
18 min: Red card! England 5 Argentina 3
There’s no mitigation to apply and it’s straight to the jaw of Farrell. Lavanini is shown red within 20 minutes.
Farrell kicks penalty but sends it wide.
Argentina have to plat over an hour with 14 men.
18 min: We go to TMO England 5 Argentina 3
Nigel Owens goes to the TMO here for a high shot from Argentina’s Leicester-bound lock Tomas Lavanini.
We might be looking at a red here.
16 min: Los Pumas clear their lines England 5 Argentina 3
Kyle Sinckler is guilty of losing the ball in contact this time and Argentina are able to clear their lines.
England carry up to halfway through a combination of Daly and Underhill, Youngs kicks to the opposition and look to apply some positional pressure here.
13 min: Tempers flare England 5 Argentina 3
Argentina captain Pablo Matera concedes the penalty for a late tackle Ben Youngs and teams are enjoying a spot of handbags. Tom Curry is having a nice chat with Matera here.
Referee Nigel Owens warns Matera that he’s close to conceding an early yellow card.
England kick for the lineout but lose the ball! Argentina take a run but knock-on. England take a run, but they knock-on. Eventually, we finish with an England scrum within Argentina’s half.
8 min: England press on the attack England 5 Argentina 3
England reply swiftly to Argentina’s score through the fleet-footed Daly and Watson. First Daly releases Watson down the right wing, then he pops up down the left to send a grubber for May.
Argentina get to the ball first but hand England a 5m lineout.
George Ford makes it look simple with a draw and pass to May and we have the first points for England.
Owen Farrell lines up the kick and… sends it just left. But they have the lead.
7 min: The kick is good! England 0 Argentina 3
Urdapilleta’s kick is good and Argentina take the early lead. The tenth-ranked side in the world have looked dangerous so far after an underwhelming build up to this game.
6 min: Daly saves the day England 0 Argentina 0
Argentina carry through number eight Javier Ortega Desio to the right of the scrum but then spread it wide and left.
It’s Matias Moroni who nearly scores this time but Daly has just enough pace to scrag him into touch.
But it’s an Argentinian penalty for an offside call against George Ford and a no arms tackle from Kyle Sinckler.
5 min: Early danger for England! England 0 Argentina 0
Billy Vunipola loses the ball forward and Argentina kick down field. Jonny May races to just beat opposite man Santiago Carreras to the ball within England’s scoring area.
Argentina have the scrum on England’s five metre line just right of the posts.
0 min: We’re off! England 0 Argentina 0
Argentina’s Ben Urdapilleta kicks off and we’re underway!
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