Jones thrilled after young England secure Argentina win
Eddie Jones admitted he has some selection headaches after his inexperienced England squad ran out 2-0 series winners in Argentina.
“It’s a great achievement and I am very pleased for the team”
Will Collier scored the winning try as England secured a 35-25 win on Saturday with his Harlequins team-mates Mike Brown and Danny Care both making vital contributions.
England took the lead within five minutes as Wasps lock Joe Launchbury set up Charlie Ewels from close range but a stubborn Argentina side fought back and soon led.
But a piece of brilliance from Brown saw England claw back the lead as the full-back intercepted a cross-field kick, darted down the wing and set up Northampton Saints centre Piers Francis to score.
Pablo Matera replied once more for the hosts before Brown was at it again, darting through a gap down the left before supplying club team-mate Care for a simple score.
Two weeks, two thrilling Test matches…
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And when Emiliano Boffelli drew Los Pumas level again England switched strategy and went for muscle instead of flair and a rolling maul resulted in replacement Collier going over.
A Ford drop-goal extended the England lead to ten points with seven minutes left to secure victory.
And Jones will leave South America delighted with his troops and proud of the way several future stars stood up to the challenge of Test match rugby.
“We’ve got to try and fit 61 players into a 45 man Elite Player Squad, so that’s the next thing I will be trying to do,” he said.
“We wanted to win 2-0 and then to have a number of young players come through really well is great for us.
“It’s a great achievement and I am very pleased for the team and pleased for the young players. I am pleased that they all have a bit more growth in them and now it’s a chance to move forward.”
From near and far, thank you for your support. A tough place to bring a young side, the boys have done themselves proud 🌹🌹#WearTheRose
— Dylan Hartley (@DylanHartley) June 18, 2017