England got their June tour off to a winning start on Sunday with a 41-21 win over a South American invitational side in Montevideo.
England got their June tour off to a winning start on Sunday with a seven-try, 41-21 win over a South American invitational side at Estadio CharrÃºa in Montevideo.
The Sudamerica XV – representing the CONSUR nations – scored three tries of their own as England blew hot and cold.
Billy Vunipola led the charge with a six-minute hat-trick – once England had finally got going after a sloppy opening.
The hosts (from Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Brazil ) went ahead first thanks to a penalty try at the end of the first quarter after Jonny May deliberately knocked-on with England under huge pressure on their try line.
But it was one-way traffic in the opposite direction until half-time as England ran in five unanswered tries to lead 31-7 at the interval.
Full-back Ben Foden and skipper Tom Wood scored on either side of Vunipola's treble.
Stephen Myler converted three of his five conversion attempts – two from wide on the touchline – to give England a 20-point lead.
Again the South Americans made the better start as scrum-half Tomas Cubelli raced under the posts to open the scoring in the second period but England replied via Foden's second try of the afternoon after Kearnan Myall was hauled down inches short.
After a slight lull in proceeding – perhaps after Stuart Lancaster made a host of substitutions – replacement prop Paul Doran Jones scored England's seventh try around the hour mark, taking advantage of more forward dominance to rumble over from close range after another positive catch and drive.
CONSUR came back into the game in the final 10 minutes – with replacement prop Alex Corbisiero sent to the sin bin after back-to-back scrum penalties – and were rewarded with the try their persistent attacking deserved, replacement lock Diego Magno powering over from close range to complete the scoring.
For CONSUR XV:
Tries: Penalty try, Sansot, Magno
Cons: Madero 3
Yellow card: DurÃ¡n
For England :
Tries: Foden 2, Vunipola 3, Wood, Doran Jones
Cons: Myler 3
Yellow cards: May, Corbisiero
Consur XV: 15 TomÃ¡s CarriÃ³ (Argentina), 14 Belisario Agulla (Argentina), 13 Francisco Sansot (Argentina), 12 Juan Socino (Argentina), 11 Leandro Leivas (Uruguay), 10 BenjamÃn Madero (Argentina), 9 TomÃ¡s Cubelli (capt, Argentina), 8 Antonio Ahualli (Argentina), 7 Javier Ortega Desio (Argentina), 6 TomÃ¡s de la Vega (Argentina), 5 Pablo Huete (Chile), 4 Cesar Fruttero (Argentina), 3 Mario Sagario (Uruguay), 2 Arturo Ãvalo (Uruguay), 1 Bruno Postiglioni (Argentina).
Replacements: 16 Alejo Corral (Uruguay), 17 Ã“scar DurÃ¡n (Uruguay), 18 NicolÃ¡s Klapenbach (Uruguay), 19 Diego Magno (Uruguay), 20 Juan Gaminara (Uruguay), 21 AgustÃn Ormaechea(Uruguay), 22 MosiÃ©s Duque (Brasil), 23 Santiago Gbernau (Uruguay).
England: 15 Ben Foden, 14 Jonny May, 13 Luther Burrell, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 David Strettle, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Tom Johnson, 6 Tom Wood (capt) 5 Kearnan Myall, 4 Courtney Lawes, 3 Henry Thomas, 2 David Paice, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 Rob Buchanan, 17 Alex Corbisiero, 18 Paul Doran Jones, 19 Dave Attwood, 20 Matt Kvesic, 21 Lee Dickson, 22 Freddie Burns, 23 Jonathan Joseph.
Venue: Estadio CharrÃºa, Montevideo
Referee: JoaquÃn Montes (Uruguay)
Assistant referees: Federico Anselmi (Argentina), Carlos Poggi (Argentina)