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Argentina in Buenos Aries: Tale of the tape

21 June 2013

  • Nine carries for two tries, three clean breaks for Marland Yarde on debut
  • Captain Tom Wood made 24 tackles in second Test victory
Joe Launchbury claims a line out

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The scoreline is the only statistic that matters, as evidenced by England’s delight after the seven-try, 51-26 victory over Argentina at the Estadio Velez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires.

But more detailed analysis can also provide a view on the game so RFU.com called on the unique insight of the people who supply the England coaches with in-game data, analysts Duncan Locke and Kate Burke, to see what other stories the match stats have to tell after the squad touched down back in England.

This is what they had to say:

“Putting 50 points on an international team is a fine achievement and that is feat improved when you consider that Argentina were better than the previous week in Salta. The Pumas had 52 per cent of the ball and ran 158 phases with 13 turnovers (excluding penalties) compared to 128 phases and 23 turnovers (excluding penalties) in the first Test.

England prop Joe Marler, who was named Man of the Match in the second Test victory over Argentina

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Limiting the hosts to one try from four minutes 26 seconds in the Red Zone or 22 required a big defensive effort – the team’s tackle success was 94 per cent (the highest of the summer) and we only missed 12 tackles, conceding one line break. There were some impressive individual numbers, with 12 players in double figures – captain Tom Wood making 24 tackles and Matt Kvesic and Joe Launchbury making 19.

Front row trio Joe Marler (15), Rob Webber (15) and David Wilson (14) all had a high work-rate in defence, while fly half Freddie Burns stood up well for the second successive Test match, making 15 tackles.

England’s resurgence after a strong start from the hosts was built on dominance at the scrum, with two penalty tries in the first half reward for Rob Baxter’s unit. We won seven of nine scrums and won five penalties on our own ball, while conceding two. And, like the first Test, Argentina did not win a single scrum penalty on their own put in.

Marland Yarde

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On his Test debut, Marland Yarde stood out with ball in hand to add to his two tries. He carried the ball nine times, taking eight across the gain line and making three clean breaks, two half-breaks and dominating four collisions.  Wood and Jonathan Joseph each made eight carries, while Jonny May, also on debut, took six of his seven carries over the gain line.

The lineout was another major success on the day, with Launchbury taking four of the 11 we won at 92 per cent (11 of 12). It was England’s chief source of possession (25 per cent) and we scored two tries from lineouts in the Red Zone and had success throwing 36 per cent of the ball to the tail, with three-quarters of those wins taking us over the gain-line.”