Jones hails young side after thrilling England win

Debutant Denny Solomona scored with less than two minutes to go to snatch a 38-34 success for Eddie Jones' side in San Juan.

Level at 31-all, England fell behind to a dropped goal by Juan Martin Hernandez in the 77th minute but replacement Solomona, making his debut, crossed the line and George Ford converted.

However, there was still time for one last, dramatic twist as Joe Launchbury and Piers Francis combined to get Solomona into space and the former Super League star finished off decisively for the winning try.

And although England conceded two tries, a Ford score - as well as his precise penalty kicking - kept Eddie Jones' men within range, and the late solo try from Solomona sealed victory.

I think that is the best and worst debut.

"For our guys to win that was a tremendous effort".

"When you are playing a full-strength Argentina team that is a great effort".

"We couldn't quite get a grip of the game but what a finish from Denny at the end", said Ford after the match. "I think it is one of the best team efforts I have been associated with".

"They have to understand that they may only get one game to have the opportunity to show they are good enough to be in contention for the next World Cup".

Ford slotted a penalty to keep his flawless goal-kicking record in the match intact, then converted a brilliantly constructed try that winger Jonny May claimed. He is going to be doing some defensive work next week.

Curry also became the youngest England starter since Colin Laird in 1927 while captains Dylan Hartley won his 85th cap for England to move ahead of former captain Martin Johnson and alongside Rory Underwood and Lawrence Dallaglio as the third-equal most capped England global of all time. "Alex (Lozowski) did well and Sladey (Henry Slade) showed some nice classy touches which we have seen sporadically but we saw more of it in one game today".

"It was a hell of a Test match, end-to-end stuff, and that's what you're going to get with Argentina", added the Harlequins scrum-half. In the absence of Billy Vunipola, Wasps' Nathan Hughes carried excellently from the back of the scrum, while two debutants on the flanks really shone. That's when you know you have players worth persevering with when they can bounce back.

"The boys put a massive shift in, they were running around there like madmen. We know it will be harder next week". With 90 seconds remaining he tore through Argentina's defence to secure the most dramatic of wins. Tomorrow we need to start working very hard again.

  • Julie Sanders