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Fourteen-man England still too strong for Argentina

England showed great determination, organisation and experience to overcome a fifth-minute red card for Elliot Daly and grind out an impressive 27-14 victory over Argentina yesterday to make it 12 wins in a row under Eddie Jones

Wing Daly was sent off for tackling Leonardo Senatore in the air but England still battled to a 16-0 lead via the boot of Owen Farrell and a penalty try.

Argentina got back to 16-14 within a minute of the second half but some streetwise play enabled Farrell to stretch the lead before a Jonny May try secured the win.

England can complete an unbeaten calendar year with victory over Australia next week as the Jones revolution continues.

Conversely it has been a dismal year for Argentina, World Cup semi-finalists a year ago.

The Pumas have now lost seven of their last eight games and their 2016 return is four wins and nine defeats. The result of that is that they have slipped out of the top eight rankings - crucial to seeding for next May’s World Cup draw -

Tonga quickly brought Italy back down to earth after the Azzurri’s win over South Africa last week when Sonatane Takulua converted a last-minute penalty to give the Pacific islanders a surprise 19-17 win .

In all, Takulua amassed 14 points from four penalties and a conversion in a see-saw match as Tonga won only their sixth-ever match against a tier one nation.

Tonga had previously beaten Australia in 1973, France in 1999 and 2011, Italy themselves in 1999 and Scotland in 2012.

Vern Cotter’s Scotland signed off on their best year since 2002 by overwhelming Georgia 43-16 in their final autumn test at Kilmarnock’s Rugby Park.

The home side bounced back after a strong start by the visitors, looking to stake a claim for inclusion in an extended Six Nations, to outclass their opponents with four first-half tries to take a 31-11 stranglehold on the match.

Other results: Ireland vs Australia 27-24; Wales vs South Africa 27-13.

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