England v Wales - Old Mutual Wealth Cup

England overcome Argentina on a dramatic afternoon at Twickenham

On one of the most dramatic afternoon’s in the history of Twickenham, England battled their way to victory over Argentina in the third Old Mutual Wealth Autumn International, despite playing 75-minutes of the game with just 14 men.

The win makes it 13 consecutive victories for Eddie Jones side and a win over Australia next weekend would equal their greatest ever winning streak.

Daly see’s red early but England hold their nerve at Twickenham

Elliot Daly got a deserved red card after less than five minutes following a tip tackle which saw an opponent land on their neck. Extremely dangerous. It should have been a defining moment but England dug in, made the most of Argentinian penalty infringements and held their nerve.

Wing Daly was dismissed for taking out Leonardo Senatore in mid-air, only the fifth England player ever to suffer such a fate, but three Owen Farrell penalties opened up a 9-0 lead for the home side.

Then on the half-hour mark came the opening try, great pressure from the English defence forced a turnover deep in the Argentinian 22. As the ball was moved wide a cynical deliberate knock-on left the referee with no choice but to award the home side a penalty try.

England hold off Argentina fightback to secure 12th win under Eddie Jones

Tries from Facundo Isa and Santiago Cordero either side of half-time cut the gap to two points. After a series of scrums the powerful Isa, so impressive during the Rugby Championship, drove his way over the line.

Then immediately after the break the Pumas scored a scintillating try. The ball was beautifully moved wide and some fantastic passing and offloading sent the electric Cordero clear as the full-back finished of a stunning team effort.

Another Farrell penalty was followed by the second yellow card of the day, but this time it was Argentina who were reduced to 14. England worked the short-side of the field and slick handling sent Jonny May clear for his second score of the Autumn Internationals.

There was further red card drama as Argentina’s Enrique Pieretto was sent off for a stamp on Joe Marler. England showed tremendous character and composure on what was a rollercoaster afternoon at Twickenham.

Jones satisfied with England performance, but demands England improvement ahead of Australia clash

Indeed, England will have to improve for next Saturday’s visit of Australia when another victory would equal their longest winning run, set across 2002-03.

“Elliot’s tackle was an error of judgement but I’ve got no issue with the decision, none at all,” said coach Eddie Jones.

“Losing Elliot was tough but we adapted well and it was a great team effort. Some of the forwards were outstanding.”

It was an excellent example of England pulling together, thinking for themselves, taking what was on offer and not panicking.

The Red Rose march on.

Midlands Sportsman’s Luncheon welcomes England captain Dylan Hartley

Eventmasters are delighted to announce that England Rugby captain Dylan Hartley will join us as our guest of honour at the 27th Annual Midlands Sportsman’s LuncheonThursday 15th December 2016.

The fantastic event is one of the most popular rugby luncheons of the year, perfect for entertaining guests or enjoying a Christmas party with staff. The Midlands Sportsman’s Luncheon has a history of attracting the biggest names in English rugby and we are thrilled that Hartley will join that list during 2016.

Don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy this superb festive event with the England captain. Our Midland’s Sportsman’s Luncheon hospitality packages are available to buy online for tables for 8 or 10 guests – please follow the link provided to secure your seats.