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Ford fiesta drives England to victory

Flyhalf George Ford kicked all of 14-man England’s factors because the Pink Roses beat Argentina of their World Cup opener in Marseille on Saturday night time.

The No 10 kicked three drop objectives and 6 penalties because the English survived an early first-half crimson card proven to flanker Tom Curry, earlier than grinding out a 27-10 victory on the Stade de Marseille.

Curry’s yellow card for a head-on-head collision with fullback Juan Cruz Mallia contained in the opening 10 minutes was later upgraded to a crimson after a bunker overview.

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Flyhalf Santiago Carreras additionally earned 10 minutes on the naughty chair for a harmful collision within the air with Ford.

A late transformed strive for substitute Rodrigo Bruni and a penalty from proper wing Emiliano Boffelli was all Los Pumas needed to present for his or her efforts regardless of their numerical benefit for almost all of the Pool D match.

After simply 4 wins from their final 13 matches, an England aspect boasting 10 survivors from the 2019 ultimate they misplaced to the Springboks made it rely when it mattered in Marseille.

When the 2 groups final met, in November, it was Los Pumas who laid down a marker with a 30-29 victory at Twickenham. However they’ve by no means received a consecutive Check on this fixture and had been by no means within the operating after Ford stepped as much as take a scrappy sport by the scruff of the neck.

Ford greater than made up for the truth that it was England’s first World Cup match with out Owen Farrell since his worldwide debut: all 10 matches throughout the 2015 and 2019 event featured Farrell at both flyhalf, inside centre or as a substitute off the bench.

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Farrell is serving a ban that can see him miss the primary two matches on this World Cup for a harmful deal with, however on this displaying he should struggle tooth-and-nail to get the No 10 jersey again from his teammate.

French referee Mathieu Raynal first handed Curry a yellow card in simply the third minute, however that was ultimately upgraded to crimson.

The crimson card was England’s fourth since March and the openside grew to become the primary England participant to be despatched off at a World Cup.

Boffelli made no mistake with the ensuing penalty from 50 metres, however went large with a second effort from even additional out simply minutes later.

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Raynal was once more in motion to ship Carreras to the sin bin for taking out Ford, who subsequently introduced the scores degree with a penalty of his personal with either side all the way down to 14 males.

As rugby the sport lastly took centre stage, Pumas prop Thomas Gallo was held up over the road in a uncommon sortie into English territory earlier than a Courtney Lawes-led pack pounced on a sliced clearance kick by Mateo Carreras.

The ball was thundered into midfield off the lineout by Manu Tuilagi and Ford, cool as a cucumber, hit a candy drop-goal from 40 metres at hand England a 6-3 lead.

Elliot Daly fell brief with a 55-metre penalty, however chase noticed Argentina put below strain and from the next set of rucks Ford fell again into the slot to hit a second drop-goal, this time from the midway line.

After Pablo Matera took out Freddie Steward, England kicked to the nook and the playbook was again on the desk: forwards driving in entrance of the posts, scrum-half Alex Mitchell discovering Ford and the fly-half hitting his third drop-goal in 10 seismic minutes for Steve Borthwick’s crew.

Guido Petti sloppily strayed offside at hand England the proper begin to the second interval as Ford notched his second penalty.

Argentina seemed toothless in assault, not helped by a number of ball-handling errors and the tenacity of Tuilagi in defence.

Ford kicked three extra quick-fire penalties to take England out to 24-3 as Los Pumas paid for his or her ill-discipline.

Farrell was proven clapping from the stands because the England pack rallied to carry up Argentina as soon as extra over the road.

And when veteran substitute hooker Agustin Creevy flopped on a ruck, Ford booted his sixth penalty.

© Agence France-Presse

Picture: Nicolas Tucat/AFP



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