England failed to impress as they were made to work all the way by the Pumas and only a late try from Matt Banahan saved the blushes at Twickenham.
Jonny Wilkinson used his boot to help England to go to the break at 9-9, with Martin Rodriguez replying for the Pumas. A tense second half was scoreless until Banahan’s 69th-minute try gave England a win they scarcely deserved and with New Zealand the next visitors to Twickenham, England must be concerned and improve fast. Final score:
England 16-9 Argentina
Try: Banahan Con: Wilkinson Pens: Wilkinson 2 Drop-goal: Wilkinson
Pens: Rodriguez 3
England: Monye, Cueto, Hipkiss, Geraghty, Banahan, Wilkinson, Hodgson, Payne, Hartley, Bell, Deacon, Borthwick, Croft, Moody, Haskell.
Replacements: Goode for Wilkinson (75), Care for Hodgson (75), Doran-Jones for Payne (63), Thompson for Hartley (69), Worsley for Croft (63).
Not Used: Lawes, Erinle.
Argentina: Agulla, Borges, Tiesi, Rodriguez, Comuzzi, Fernandez, Lalanne, Roncero, Ledesma, Scelzo, Lozada, Albacete, Leonardi, Abadie, Fernandez Lobbe.
Replacements: Figuerola for Lalanne (75), Ayerza for Scelzo (67), Carizza for Lozada (56), Campos for Abadie (34).
Not Used: Basualdo, Urdapilleta, Aramburu.
Ref: Nigel Owen (WRFU).