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14-man England out maneuver Pumas

14-men England cast off a dismal run of form to claim a comprehensive 27-10 victory over Argentina in their Pool D opening match of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France on Sunday.

In a dramatic opening 10 minutes, French referee Mathieu Raynal was forced to use TMO to help rule on two dubious tackles.

He first handed England flanker Tom Curry a yellow card in just the third minute following a clumsy clash of heads with Argentine full-back Juan Cruz Mallia, but that was eventually upgraded to red.

The incident saw Argentina receive a penalty and Emiliano Boffelli slotted the ball for a 3-nil lead in the fourth minute before missing his second three minutes later.

Argentina was also reduced to 14 players when Santiago Carreras was sin-binned for a professional foul on George Ford in the ninth minute.

This rewarded England a penalty which Ford kicked to lock the scores at 3-3 in the 10th minute.

After another 10 minutes of arm wrestling on the field, Ford landed three drop goals to give England a 12-3 lead at half time.

England continued its dominance in the second stanza as Ford continued kicking four penalties and again booted a drop goal.

Argentina somehow regrouped and managed to score a later try through Rodrigo Bruni which Boffelli.

England plays Japan on 17 while Argentina will face Samoa on 18.

Romeka Romena
Romeka Romena
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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