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England into Rugby World Cup quarters with Argentina rout

media England's Luke Cowan-Dickie celebrates scoring their sixth try in an ill-tempered Pool C match against Argentina, Tokyo, Japan, 5 October 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato

England has become the first team to reach the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals after a 39-10 bonus-point win over Argentina, in an ill-tempered Pool C match. Earlier in Pool D, Australia put seven tries past Uruguay on their way to a 45-10 victory. 

Jack Nowell celebrated his return from injury with a late try, one of six scores for Eddie Jones's men, who can now look to a last-eight clash likely against either Wales or Australia.

The Pumas started the brighter at Tokyo Stadium, but Eddie Jones's men hit back quickly, a catch-and-drive from a line-out creating space out wide for May to dot down on the left-wing.

Passions boiled over in the 12th minute with an off-the-ball scrap, followed shortly by a red card from referee Nigel Owens for a high hit on England captain Owen Farrell by Tomas Lavanini.

The 14-man Pumas quickly found themselves stretched and fullback Elliot Daly exploited a huge gap on the left for a try that doubled England's advantage.

Scrum-half Ben Youngs scored another deep into extra time to give England a 15-3 lead at the break.

George Ford sealed the four-try bonus point early in the second half with further tries from replacement Nowell and Luke Cowan-Dickie – the last sparking another tousle.

    Argentina had some success with 10 minutes to go, winger Matias Moroni finishing off a slick move with a try under the posts.

    Teen Petaia shines in Wallabies win

    Earlier on Saturday, teenage wing Jordan Petaia crashed over for a try on his debut as Australia rode out two yellow cards to beat Uruguay 45-10 and stay on course for the quarter-finals.

    Australia's youngest ever World Cup player at 19 scored one try and made another, while Tevita Kuridrani and Dane Haylett-Petty bagged two each in the Wallabies' total haul of seven.

    The result produced a vital bonus point for the Wallabies to move ahead of Fiji after three games in Pool D, where Six Nations champions Wales remain unbeaten.


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