Pushy England beat Consur XV before Argentina Tests

Billy VunipolaEngland put on a solid first-half display to beat the Consur XV 41-21 in Uruguay ahead of their two-game Test Series against Argentina.
London Wasps powerhouse Billy Vunipola, who was making his first international start tonight scored a first half hat-trick to put England in control at the break but a sloppy second half saw them concede two tries for only one scored.
England showed they could score almost at will in the first 40 minutes but once they took their foot off the pedal, they struggled against a Consur XV side who played until the final whistle.
Two more accomplished performances will be need in the next couple of weeks if England are to beat the Pumas who, as ever, will be relishing the opportunity to beat a European side.
Stuart Lancaster’s men were off to a pushy start and could have trailed by six points if only Benjamin Madero had been on target with two shots at goal in the first ten minutes.
The South American selection played the better rugby early and, when they managed to keep the ball alive around the breakdown to make over 50 yards, Jonny May had no choice but stop the action by deliberately knocking the ball on.
The Gloucester flyer was sent to the bin and the referee awarded a penalty try to see the Red Rose trail 7-0.
This sparked a swift reaction and England got on the board two minutes later with Ben Foden doting in the corner.
They remained patient while May was on the sideline but as soon as he came back, Billy Vunipola scored a six-minute hat-trick to put England in front and take the score to 24-7.
On the brink of half-time, captain Tom Wood was at the end of some slick handling from the forwards to make it 31-7 at the interval.
Like in the first-half, the South American started  in emphatic fashion and Francisco Sansot scored a superb try to reduce the gap.
But again, England reacted well and Foden grabbed his second before replacement prop Oscar Duran was sent to the bin for the Consur XV for slowing down the ball illegally near his try line.
Paul Doran-Jones went over for England’s seventh try soon after but they couldn’t score again and the South American scored their third try through replacement Diego Magno.
Alex Corbisiero was sent to the bin for repeated infringements at the scrum as England finished the game on the back foot.
For England
Tries: Foden 2, Vunipola 3, Wood, Doran-Jones
Conversions: Myler 3
Sin bins: May, Corbisiero
For Consur XV
Tries: penalty, Sansot, Magno
Conversions: Madero 3
Sin bin: Duran
England: Ben Foden; Jonny May, Luther Burrell, Kyle Eastmond, David Strettle; Stephen Myler, Richard Wigglesworth; Joe Marler, David Paice, Henry Thomas; Courtney Lawes, Kearnan Myall; Tom Wood (Capt.), Tom Johnson, Billy Vunipola.
Replacements: Rob Buchanan, Alex Corbisiero, Paul Doran-Jones, Dave Attwood, Matt Kvesic, Lee Dickson, Freddie Burns, Jonathan Joseph.
Consur XV: Tomás Carrió; Belisario Agulla, Francisco Sansot, Juan Socino, Leandro Leivas; Benjamín Madero, Tomás Cubelli (Capt.); Bruno Postiglioni, Arturo Ávalo, Mario Sagario; Cesar Fruttero, Pablo Huete; Tomás de la Vega, Javier Ortega Desio, Antonio Ahualli.
Replacements: Alejo Corral, Óscar Durán, Nicolás Klapenbach, Diego Magno, Juan Gaminara, Agustín Ormaechea, Mosiés Duque, Santiago Gbernau.

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