England take on Argentina in today’s Rugby World Cup clash in Japan.
This will be the Red Roses biggest challenge of the Rugby World Cup Pool C so far after getting easy bonus-point wins over Tonga and USA.
Eddie Jones’ men will be facing an Argentinian side who will under great risk of group stage exit should they not win against England after losing to France already.
Sportsmail’s KIERAN JACKSON will provide live RWC 2019 coverage of England vs Argentina including score, sin bins, injuries, substitutions and more.
- Kieran JacksonHost commentator
Thank you for joining us for Sportsmail’s live coverage of England vs Argentina. A comfortable day in the end for Eddie Jones’ team, and they’re the first side mathematically assured of their place in the quarter-finals.
They play France next Saturday in Yokohama, while Argentina are out – they will be playing for pride in their final group game against the USA on Wednesday.
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England doing a lap of honour and receiving a raucous ovation. The fans here are very content with what they’ve seen and rightly so.
It’s not the fault of Eddie Jones’ side that their opponents were reduced to 14 men. They stayed patient and earned a convincing victory.
They are through to the quarter-finals with three bonus-point wins. They have established powerful momentum.
It remains to be seen whether there are injury concerns on the back of this match – notably relating to Billy Vunipola – but if they have come through unscathed, England are set fair.
E Boffelli 6
M Moroni 6.5
M Orlando 5
J De La Fuente 5.5
S Carreras 6
B Urdapilleta 4
T Cubelli 5
N Chaparro 6
J Montoya 6
J Figallo 5
G Pagadizaval 5
T Lavanini 2
P Matera (capt) 5
J Desio 6
M Kremer 7
Elliot Daly: Made light of difficult conditions with some excellent high-ball takes early on. Took his try superbly and kept making metres from full-back. 7.
Anthony Watson: Produced a couple of dynamic and forceful early runs, but had limited chances to cut loose. The game just didn’t flow his way. 6.
Manu Tuilagi: Got away with a hit on the airborne Boffelli in the first half before his close-range blast created havoc and space for Ford’s try. 6.5.
Owen Farrell: Missed all four shots at goal before half-time. Not his most authoritative display when in possession. Was closed down effectively. 5.5.
Jonny May: Routine finish for his try but missed a chance to put George away on the right wing soon after. Busy and threatening as always. 7.
George Ford: Outstanding. Lovely assist for May’s try and coped with heavy collisions. Some glorious tactical kicks and passing. Master conductor. 8.5.
Ben Youngs: Victim of a late hit by Matera which sparked a mass scrap early on. Showed alertness to take scoring chance. Mixed kicking. 6.5.
Joe Marler: Justified another start – competing over the ball, carrying, tackling and antagonising in trademark fashion. Limped off after a strong shift. 7.5.
Jamie George: Took care of his basics – scrum and lineout – impressively. His performance mirrored that of his team; nothing flash, but dogged and efficient. 7.
Kyle Sinckler: Under-pinned an often dominant scrum and once again demonstrated slick handling in attack. No solo breaks this time, but he’ll be satisfied. 7.
Maro Itoje: Kept trying to dent Argentina’s defence or their biggest carriers. One mega carry early in second half had fans chanting his name. 7.
George Kruis: Ran an effective and productive lineout operation and was typically diligent in doing the unheralded work – hitting rucks and making tackles. 6.5.
Tom Curry: Remarkable work-rate and endless energy. Heavily involved throughout; as a carrier, in defence and as a lineout option. Hard grafting. 8.
Billy Vunipola: Managed a few decent blasts in the first half but was well contained on the whole. Had treatment, then went off at half-time – worryingly. 5.5.
Sam Underhill: Named official Man of the Match. Less prominent than Curry in the first half but grew into the game and led the defensive efforts. 7.
Scrappy at times. I thought there was decent control from ourselves. We perhaps forced a couple of things but I thought we got back down with some territory, and that pressure told in the end.
The full 31 have been outstanding so far – we need them all if we want to go on in this competition.
I fixed the kicking after half-time, but I’ll do some work this week!
Owen Farrell kicks over the conversion simply, and it’s job well and truly done for England in Tokyo!
They’re the first team to book their place in the quarter-finals in Japan!
Tries from Daly, May, Youngs, Ford, Nowell and Cowan-Dickie did the damage against Argentina, who always faced an uphill battle after that early red card to Tomas Lavanini for a dangerous tackle on Owen Farrell.
Argentina, who reached the semi-finals four years ago, head home… England move on and will play France next Saturday with first place in Pool C at stake!
From the driving maul, replacement Luke Cowan-Dickie scores his third try of the tournament! England have six tries!
A melee emerges after the try, and the verbals are continue for some time before England walk away…
Argentina are unfortunate to be penalised at the ruck, yet England will try and find a sixth try here…
Owen Farrell obviously found his kicking boots at half-time – this conversion from the touchline clips in off the post!
Jack Nowell scores brilliantly!
The Exeter wing bounces off a defender, and then accelerates into the corner…
Stunning finish, and that will be huge for Nowell on his return to action!
A job well done for Eddie Jones and his team.
The conversion is simple and good.
Too little, too late for the Pumas.
Matias Moroni scores from a well-worked Argentine line-out, going over under the posts!
Argentina have deserved that, for their effort alone a man short.
Argentina on the attack, but a crossfield kick is too narrow and Elliot Daly calls the mark with composure by the posts.
Eddie Jones’ team just seeing out the closing minutes now in Tokyo…
A double-return from injury… Exeter Chiefs players Jack Nowell and Henry Slade come on for Anthony Watson and George Ford!
England hold out however, and they clear their lines. Argentina back in possession around half-way…
Argentina win a penalty at the scrum but then Emiliano Boffelli makes the cardinal sin and misses touch!
Play resumes, and Courtney Lawes comes in late on a charge-down on Boffelli… just a penalty.
Can they make touch this time? Yes, Boffelli goes safe this time round.
Argentina knock-on from the line-out, and it’s an England scrum just inside their own half.
With all these subs, it has to be said the game is somewhat fizzling out…
Dan Cole comes on for Kyle Sinckler – Cole’s 92nd cap!
Mako Vunipola returns to action too in the front row – he replaces a limping Joe Marler.
It hasn’t been their best day, but Argentina are still toiling here…
They win a rare penalty, and have a line-out in England territory…
Nine days ago, George Ford was named Man of the Match against the USA, but he was given a comfortable ride by the dominance of England’s pack.
Today, he has been outstanding again, when the forwards have not always been in total command.
He already has a try and a wonderful assist, and some of his handling and his touch-finding kicks have been utterly sublime.
Both teams back to exchanging kicks…the play breaks up as a fluffed Argentina kick is taken out by Anthony Watson – Pumas line-out on their 22.
Here’s George Ford’s passionate reaction to his try!
Courtney Lawes comes on for George Kruis at second row.
England can now afford to make changes… the result is done and dusted.
A simple kick through the posts for Farrell, and the lead is now 22 points.
Argentina are struggling here.
They’re giving away constant penalties and England have a penalty on the 22m line – dead in front of the posts.
Farrell will take the kick..
George Ford is having a blinder!
His kick once again is to perfection, with the ball bouncing out in Argentina’s 22.
Pumas under pressure from the set-piece again…
Argentina make a flurry of changes – four in fact, all in the pack.
No Billy Vunipola for the second half, which is a concern. The No 8 is one of England’s irreplaceable world-class players.
There is no like-for-like alternative. Eddie Jones tried to turn Nathan Hughes into one – a similar big carrier at the base of the scrum – but he couldn’t make the same impact.
Mark Wilson has deputised at No 8 but he was not selected on the bench, so Tom Curry is having to fill that role.
Stunning kick by Ford – the ball clips the post on the corner, and goes out for a line-out on the 5m line of the Argentina line.
Owen Farrell nails it from a wide angle and for the first time today his kick sails over!
England cruising now…
Will Heinz replaces Ben Youngs at scrum-half…
George Ford scores, and England have their bonus-point!!!
England are making Argentina work extremely hard in defence. Moving the ball from side-to-side, with heavy pressure from the forwards, and Ford eventually spots the gap and bundles over the line!
We’re back underway – Billy Vunipola has been taken off, and Lewis Ludlam replaces him – Tom Curry moves to number 8.
Here’s the red card offence – what do we think? A fair decision?
Game over. Well, frankly, it was game over when Lavanini was sent off – but the Pumas’ spirit and mood of defiance kept the scoreline close for a while.
Now that England have a third try, they will surely clinch a bonus point soon after half-time, on their way to qualifying for the quarter-finals with a game to spare.
Elliot Daly has been superb, but Owen Farrell will be bewildered to have missed all four shots at goal so far.
It has been scrappy and disjointed, but Eddie Jones’ side have stayed patient and they’re now in control.
England in firm control in Tokyo!
Tries from Jonny May, Elliot Daly and Ben Youngs have given Eddie Jones’ side breathing room on the scoreboard.
But the big talking point was a RED CARD to Argentina second row Tomas Lavanini for a dangerous tackle on Owen Farrell. It was a shoulder-to-head collision, and that moment has swung the game hugely in England’s favour.
Is there any way back for Argentina as they look to save their World Cup? Put it this way, if they do comeback to win, it’ll be one of the all-time great performances at a World Cup.
England have one firm foot in the quarter-finals…
Owen Farrell misses AGAIN from the tee – he’s missed all four kicks at the posts attempted in the first-half!
And that will be that…
England score their third try! Ben Youngs goes from the back of a ruck, fakes the pass, and goes over out wide… is there anyway back for the Pumas?
Hammer blow for Argentina on the stroke of half-time…
HEAVY ENGLAND PRESSURE BY ARGENTINA’S TRY-LINE.
We’re into phase 20…
Silly penalty given away from Argentina, as number 8 Hermes Desio lifts the leg of Curry at the maul.
Farrell’s kick is a beauty – they’re in Argentina’s 22.
Owen Farrell is struggling from the tee so far…
A very makeable kick hits the post, and the gap stays at seven points!
England score their second try and it’s Elliot Daly!
It’s heavy pressure from the Red Roses – the forwards almost powered over, but once it went to the backs, Daly juggles and then beats his defender to go over out wide!
Daly’s first ever try in a Rugby World Cup!
England win the scrum penalty, and are now deep into Argentina territory…
Unlucky from an Argentina point of view…
They handle well out of the tackle, but one slips through the fingers of De La Fuente and they knock-on… England scrum, in-between the 22m and 10m line of their half.
Chance for England in the Argentina half, but they lose the ball and the Pumas clear their lines well again!
Concern for England fans – Jonny May is limping, and Billy Vunipola is also receiving treatment…
England line-out this time, still just in their half…
Given they’re down to 14, Argentina have responded well to the red card so far…
Wasteful kick from Agrentina, as Daly calls for the mark – he kicks it straight out, and Argentina will have another line-out on England’s 10m line, this time on the right-hand side…
England are penalised for going off their feet at the ruck, and the Argentina kick is good.. they have a line-out around England’s 10m line.
Argentina win the battle of the boot this time.
Ford’s kick is poor, but Boffelli’s kick is perfect – out around England’s 22.
Both teams exchange the ball with the boot… but Ben Youngs’ box kick goes straight out from a line-out, and now Argentina have a line-out on halfway… not straight… England scrum.
Scrappy stuff so far – I think everyone is still just recovering from the effect of that red card.
This time it’s England’s discipline which falls short, as Manu Tuilagi takes out the Argentinean man in the air.
A penalty just inside the Argentina half, nothing more.
Nigel Owens has been very, very busy thus far…
That high tackle by Tomas Lavanini left Nigel Owens with no choice. He had to send him off – in keeping with the crackdown on contact with the head. It was the correct decision, no question, but the dismissal of the lock has effectively ended this match as a contest and consigned the Pumas to a pool-stage exit from this World Cup.
Farrell’s kick drifts left, and it remains 5-3. Argentina will re-start from the 22m…
So, the net result from that red card is an England penalty, centre of the pitch, 45m out – Owen Farrell is kicking for the posts.
IT’S A HUGE MOMENT IN THIS GAME!
Argentina second row Tomas Lavanini is sent off! It was a high, dangerous tackle, straight to the head of Owen Farrell – he looks devastated, but it is the right decision.
Argentina are down to 14 men for the remaining 62 minutes.
Both teams exchange kicks, and Jonny May calls for the mark in the 22.
However, the TMO is looking at a high tackle from Tomás Lavanini on Owen Farrell, and it’s not pretty – it’s shoulder to the head, and it could be a red card here for the Argentinean…
England lose the line-out, but then the two sides exchange the ball – both sides knock-on!
It’s very hot and humid in Tokyo, with both teams finding it hard to hold onto the ball in slippery conditions.
England scrum, just in Argentina’s half…
It was a late tackle by Pablo Matera on Ben Youngs, and he is punished with a penalty… no yellow card.
Farrell’s kick for touch is good – England are in Argentina’s half.
Argentina have another scrum on England’s 22, but this time England win the penalty..
England attempt to take it quick, but Nigel Owens calls it back but was there a late hit on an England player?
It starts a fiery melee, which is only just calming down…
Owen Farrell’s conversion attempt drifts wide, and the England lead stays at two points!
JONNY MAY GOES OVER!
England build a driving maul from a line-out in Argentina’s 22, and with an advantage it’s a free play.
George Ford draws the man, and has a simple pass to May on the wing who goes over the whitewash!
Great atmosphere here at Tokyo Stadium as this game kicks off. There are pockets of very noisy Argentine fans, who are heavily out-numbered by England fans – but they certainly won’t be out-sung. England, wearing red, the heavy favourites.
Benjamín Urdapilleta slots it over, and Argentina have the first points on the board in Tokyo!
It’s an Argentina penalty, but it could’ve been more!
Advantage Argentina… with free ball, they head for the corner but Elliot Daly saves a certain try!
Nigel Owens has a word with England captain Owen Farrell for three penalties in quick succession… simple kick here for Argentina in front of the posts…
Billy Vunipola knocks on and Argentina wing Matías Moroni kicks beyond the full-back!
He chases for the line, and Jack Nowell has to carry the ball over into the try-scoring area!
First Argentina scrum, on England’s 5m line – first big test for Eddie Jones’ side!
An early exchange of kicks, and Argentina kick-out from the 22 – England have the first line-out on half-way…
We are underway!
Argentina kick-off! Nigel Owens is the referee today!
WE ARE SET!
It’s time for England’s national anthem!
The players are out and it’s time for the national anthems, starting with Argentina’s!
This is your five minute warning – both teams are in the tunnel and are all set to go at the Tokyo Stadium!
– England have won each of their last nine Test matches against Argentina, their last defeat against the Pumas coming in June 2009 in Salta
– England have scored 21 tries and conceded just one in their last three World Cup matches, scoring 4+ tries in three consecutive games for the first time in the tournament.
– Dan Cole and Ben Youngs both have 91 caps to their name for England, and both could go above Jonny Wilkinson as the third most capped players for England; in fact, Youngs will become England’s most capped back in Test history, as he starts at scrum-half. Cole is on the bench.
Eddie Jones talking to a steward at the Tokyo Stadium!
This morning’s game is set to be played in sweltering conditions, with temperatures in Tokyo reaching 28C.
The pitch is looking immaculate, the players are warming up, and we’re now just 15 minutes away from kick-off!
The odds of a player seeing red in England’s crunch clash with Argentina have been slashed, according to betting trends analysts Bonuscodebets.co.uk.
In a match England boss Eddie Jones has described as ‘brutal’ it’s just 5/1 (from 8/1) that a player from either side is sent for an early bath.
England are the 1/8 favourites to win, with Argentina 6/1, while the handicap betting suggests the Red Rose will prevail by 15 points.
England are the joint second favourites for World Cup glory at 9/2 with Group C appearing to be at their mercy at 1/3. Argentina are 150/1 to go all the way, although their qualification odds (5/1) suggests their tournament will end at the group stage.
A player to be sent off: 5/1
Rise and shine!
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