Pu­mas frus­trate Eng­land

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - SPORTS - – DEREK WYNN

MISS­ING the rested Maro Itoje and Owen Far­rell, Eng­land toiled on a poor Twick­en­ham pitch that had clearly suf­fered from stag­ing the re­cent NFL matches.

At one point, head coach Ed­die Jones lost his cool, TV cam­eras show­ing him slam his note­book down and mouth his dis­plea­sure – his first pub­lic dis­play of anger since tak­ing over in 2015.

Eng­land were forced to over­come the 21st-minute de­par­ture of Mike Brown af­ter he landed heav­ily on his head and shoul­der af­ter be­ing chal­lenged in mid-air by Joaquin Tu­culet. He was sin­binned and Nathan Hughes ma­rauded over for the open­ing try in his ab­sence.

Semesa Roko­duguni went over for a counter-at­tack try to add to three penal­ties and a con­ver­sion for the deputis­ing out-half George Ford.

The Pu­mas had the fi­nal say when Ni­co­las Sanchez slipped over af­ter 30 phases, end­ing a flat af­ter­noon.

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