Jun 12, 2017
South American success for Sarries pair
Alex Lozowski made his international debut as he started England’s dramatic victory over Argentina in San Juan on Saturday. The enthralling 38-34 win also saw 19-year old Sarries player Nick Isiekwe come on from the bench in the second half to earn his first England cap, after playing in the non-cap match against the Barbarians at Twickenham.
With Eddie Jones facing the task of picking a team missing 30 players due to injury or being selected for the Lions Tour, plenty of fresh faces joined the Sarries pair in the matchday 23, with 11 uncapped players named.
After the first 40, the English side were trailing 17-13, but showed promise against a strong Argentinian side, featuring experienced names such as Juan Manuel Leguizamon. The impressive performance from the pack allowed George Ford to claw back points after an earlier try from Los Pumas, before England crossed for a try of their own through Marland Yarde.
Lozowski was instrumental in the build up to Yarde’s score, as he ran a great line to provide the initial break and get in behind the Argentinian defence, followed by some slick hands before Harlequin wing Yarde dotted down over the whitewash.
The second half continued in the same frantic fashion, with the lead switching hands several times, before the home side looked to have sealed the win with a late drop goal from Hernandez. However, England managed to score a last-gasp try and claim their victory with a fine team performance considering their absentees.
The win handed England a 1-0 win in their 2-test tour of Argentina and Saturday’s final clash of the tour is held in Santa Fe, kicking off at 20H15 in the UK, with team news expected later this week.