Pumas pick up first Twickenham win for 16 years past poor England


By Michael Cantillon at Twickenham

Last Updated: 06/11/22 4:09pm

Emiliano Boffelli struck for 25 points as Argentina picked up victory over England at Twickenham Emiliano Boffelli struck for 25 points as Argentina picked up victory over England at Twickenham

Emiliano Boffelli struck for 25 points as Argentina picked up victory over England at Twickenham

Argentina wing Emiliano Boffelli registered 25 points as the Pumas picked up a first victory over England at Twickenham for 16 years, winning 30-29 in slippery conditions. 

The Pumas were looking for a first win at Twickenham since November 2006, and first over England anywhere since June 2009 (Salta), with England having been on a run of 10 successive Test wins over Argentina.

A poor first half was dominated by penalties as England skipper Owen Farrell – starting at inside-centre with Marcus Smith at 10 – traded efforts with Boffelli, save for wing Joe Cokanasiga’s powerful finish for the opening try.

The second half saw Argentina come alive to score twice, through Boffelli and fly-half Santiago Carreras, as they got out to an eight-point lead before England hit back as replacement scrum-half Jack van Poortvliet scored with his first touch, and Farrell added another penalty.

Boffelli (twice) – who totalled six penalties, a try and conversion by the end – and Farrell each kicked their sides into leads again in the time that remained, but it was the emotional visitors who could celebrate at the final whistle.

What’s next?

Eddie Jones’ England next host Japan at Twickenham on Saturday, November 12, in a 3.15pm (GMT) kick-off for the second of their four autumn internationals this Test window.

England’s Autumn Internationals

Sunday, November 6 England vs Argentina 2.15pm
Saturday, November 12 England vs Japan 3.15pm
Saturday, November 19 England vs New Zealand 5.30pm
Saturday, November 26 England vs South Africa 5.30pm

For Michael Cheika and the Pumas, they next travel to face Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday, November 12, in a 5.30pm (GMT) kick-off.

Argentina’s Autumn Internationals

Sunday, November 6 England vs Argentina 2.15pm
Saturday, November 12 Wales vs Argentina 5.30pm
Saturday, November 19 Scotland vs Argentina 3.15pm

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