England sealed a fourth win over Argentina in less than 12 months after opening their Old Mutual Wealth Series with a hard-earned 21-8 victory at Twickenham Stadium.
It was a 22nd victory in 23 matches, 21 of which have come under Eddie Jones’ guidance while this was also an 18th win over Argentina in 23 meetings.
England led 14-3 at the break through Nathan Hughes’ try and three George Ford penalties with Argentina’s solitary points coming from the boot of Emiliano Boffelli.
Semesa Rokoduguni, who was a first-half replacement for Mike Brown, scored England's second try with 15 minutes remaining as Ford's conversion took the score to 21-3.
Nicolas Sanchez scored a late try, but missed the conversion in the final action of the match.
Jones’ side welcomed back seven British & Irish Lions into the team for the match against Argentina but it was Hughes, who was one of those to play on the summer tour in south America, that impressed during an attritional first half.
With the score at 6-3 Argentina were reduced to 14-men for 10 minutes after Joaquin Tuculet was yellow carded for taking out Brown in the air and several minutes later England had the first try of the game via Hughes.
England went through several phases stretching the Argentina defence and after spotting space on the right wing Ford threw a wonderful miss pass that saw Hughes barge over in the corner for his first England try.
Argentina missed two penalties via Juan Martin Hernandez in an evenly-matched half with Hughes’ three tackles and seven gainline breaks making him IBM’s Key Influencer at the break.
It took 13 minutes for the second half to spark into life, Ford kicking a penalty to the corner rather than taking the points and from the resulting rolling maul England made their way to a metre short of Argentina’s tryline. Argentina were penalised again but from the line-out the ball was eventually knocked on and the chance was lost.
Argentina’s inconsistency with the boot continued with Boffelli sending a penalty across the face of the posts as England introduced Joe Launchbury and Jamie George while Alex Lozowski and Danny Care soon followed.
Sanchez missed a further penalty for Argentina, their fourth of the match, and they were made to pay for that.
From the resulting restart Lozowski broke up field and took England to Argentina's 22m, several phases later Rokoduguni flew over in the corner after a superb looping pass from Henry Slade put the Bath wing in for a third try in three international appearances.
Argentina ended the game strongly and after incessant pressure, Sanchez went over for Argentina in the corner.
England: 15-Mike Brown, 14-Anthony Watson, 13-Jonathan Joseph, 12-Henry Slade, 11-Elliot Daly, 10-George Ford, 9-Ben Youngs; 1-Mako Vunipola, 2-Dylan Hartley (captain), 3-Dan Cole, 4-Courtney Lawes, 5-George Kruis, 6-Chris Robshaw, 7-Sam Underhill, 8-Nathan Hughes.
Finishers: 16-Jamie George, 17-Ellis Genge, 18-Harry Williams, 19-Joe Launchbury, 20-Sam Simmonds, 21-Danny Care, 22-Alex Lozowski, 23-Semesa Rokoduguni.
Argentina: 15-Joaquin Tuculet, 14-Ramiro Moyano, 13-Matias Moroni, 12-Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 11-Emiliano Boffelli, 10-Juan Martin Hernandez, 9-Martin Landajo; 1-Santiago Garcia Botta, 2-Agustin Creevy (captain), 3-Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 4-Matias Alemanno, 5-Tomas Lavanini, 6-Pablo Matera, 7-Marcos Kremer, 8-Tomas Lezana.
Replacements: 16-Julian Montoya, 17-Lucas Noguera, 18-Enrique Pieretto, 19-Benjamin Macome, 20-Leonardo Senatore, 21-Gonzalo Bertranou, 22-Nicolas Sanchez, 23-Sebastian Cancelliere.