With very few players standing out from the England-Argentina test at Twickenham, Pundit Arena looks at the five worst performances in south west London on Saturday.
1. Elliot Daly
Guilty of a bad missed tackle, Daly’s day began by giving Argentina good field position for a strong start at Twickenham.
Minutes later he became the first ever England back to be sent off.
2. Juan Martin Hernandez
Juan Martin Hernandez was moved from 12 to 10 in the absence of Nicolas Sanchez, but ‘El Mago’ was way off the pace at Twickenham.
One of the stars of the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Hernandez made numerous errors at crucial moments.
Never seen a class act like Juan Martin Hernandez have such a shocker for 80 mins! #EngvArg ??
— Matthew Lloyd (@statto10) November 26, 2016
A pair of mistakes on ten minutes saw the kicker miss touch from a penalty and throw an intercepted pass inside his own half.
Then, for England’s try, Hernandez’s grubber misfired dramatically, and after recovering the situation the out-half dropped the ball, giving England a turnover in the Pumas’ 22.
A host of Hernandez’s passes went to ground, and to cap it all even his trusty re-starts eluded him. A kick-off that doesn’t get out of your half, let alone reach the opposition 10-metre line is a fiasco.
3. Joe Marler
After all his problems last season with indiscipline, just as Joe Marler was starting to redeem himself by stemming the flow of the Pumas’ dominance at the scrum, he gets a yellow card for holding onto Enrique Pieretto. With minutes left on the clock and the game won, what was the point?
To his credit, he showed great sportsmanship after the incident.
— Paul Brown (@hansdebadde) November 26, 2016
4. Teimana Harrison
Push, man! With England being driven back at every Puma scrum, what is the number eight doing with his head up, surveying the field?
Teimana Harrison may be more used to playing on the flank and looking out for back row moves, but he needs to trust the more experienced pair of Chris Robshaw and Tom Wood to make the tackle if needed. The eighth man is a scrummager, not an appendix to the drive.
5. The England Scrum
Eddie Jones’ England had enjoyed their traditional scrum dominance. That was, until they faced the Pumas. Argentina have their own noble lineage at the engage, but with Marcos Ayerza not selected for being based in the northern hemisphere, England should not have been out-pushed in the first half, when both sides had their first-choice front row on the field.
Mako Vunipola, Dylan Hartley and Dan Cole have formed a strong unit, but this was a reminder that the England eight still have a way to go before they truly stand out amongst international packs.
Daniel Rey, Pundit Arena
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