England overcomes sending-off to down Pumas
RUGBY UNION: It may have been down to 14 men for the majority of the match, but Eddie Jones' barnstorming England side still managed to register a 13th straight win, against Argentina 27-14 at Twickenham.
During an incident-filled game that had Jones comparing it to an episode of EastEnders, the hosts were forced to play a man down for 75 minutes as a result of Elliot Daly being sent off after the winger tackled Pumas No.8 Leonardo Senatore while he was jumping for a high ball.
Daly, in just his third international appearance, was the first England player to be red-carded since Lewis Moody against Samoa exactly 11 years ago.
After viewing the video replay, referee Gauzere told Daly he had no option but to show the red card.
Despite the early setback, England pushed out to a 16-0 lead, and then took control again in the second half after the visitors had bridged the gap to 16-14 just after the break.
Jones praised his players' fortitude ahead of the blockbuster clash with Australia next weekend.
"We went out there with a certain game plan but that went out the window after five minutes,” Jones said.
"The senior players regrouped and reorganised ... Chris Robshaw and Courtney Laws were absolutely outstanding. The work they did off the ball was incredible and it's that sort of commitment that wins Test matches.
"Our team was brilliant today. The way we adapted our tactics and coped with the problems was tremendous and it is credit to our strength and conditioning staff to get the players to the level of fitness they showed in the last 20 minutes today.”
It was all about positivity from the coach, who held back on critising Daly for his misdemeanour, which resulted in Senatore landing on his head and came a day after World Rugby announced harsher penalties for dangerous play.
"Elliot made a judgment error,” Jones said. "We all make them. These things happen and you have to get on with it.
"He has to bounce back, he has no choice. What is he going to do, sit in the corner and feel sorry for himself and never play rugby again?
"No one holds any recrimination against him and I don't understand the questioning on this. I have probably had five words with him saying just get on with it, there's nothing else to say.”
The match ended as it began with Gauzere showing another red card, this time to Argentina's Enrique Pieretto, who stamped on fellow replacement Joe Marler after the England prop held on to him.
FIVE ENGLAND PLAYERS WHO SAW RED
Mike Burton, 1975, v Australia, Brisbane. Late tackle on Wallabies wing Doug Osborne.
Danny Grewcock, 1998, v New Zealand, Dunedin. Kicking hooker Anton Oliver - received a five-week ban.
Simon Shaw, 2004, v New Zealand, Auckland. Kneeing All Black Keith Robinson.
Lewis Moody, 2005, v Samoa, Twickenham. Punched Leicester teammate Alesana Tuilagi, sparking a brawl (Tuilagi saw red as well).
Elliot Daly, 2016, v Argentina, Twickenham. Tackled Argentina No.8 Leonardo Senatore in the air.