Charlie Ewels, Piers Francis and Will Collier scored their first international tries as England wrapped up a 2-0 series win over Argentina with a 35-25 victory in another breathtaking Test match.

After snatching a 38-34 win in the first Test in San Juan, a youthful England were once more pushed all the way by the Pumas, who thrived on the raucous atmosphere generated by a near-capacity crowd of 29,750 at Estadio CA Colon in Santa Fe.

England could only breathe easy when man of the match George Ford coolly put over a drop goal seven minutes from time, to add to his five successful kicks off the tee.

The tourists were also indebted to the experience of Chris Robshaw, Mike Brown and Joe Launchbury as they secured an eighth successive win over the Pumas, who will provide the next opposition for Eddie Jones’ men in the autumn internationals.

Flanker Sam Underhill caught the eye as he became the 11th player to be capped on the tour while Ford and Launchbury demonstrated they would not look out of place in a Lions team, a prospect not likely to happen after Warren Gatland opted to call up replacements from Wales and Scotland in a move criticised by Jones.

Captain Dylan Hartley became the third most-capped England international of all time when he ran out for the 86th time.

England head coach Eddie Jones: “It is a great achievement. I am very pleased for the team, I am pleased for the young players, I am pleased they have got some more growth in them. It is now a chance to move forward. We have to try to fit 61 players into a 45-man EPS squad. That’s the next big thing I need to do.”

Tweet of the match

Star man – George Ford

The number 10 was a key factor in England’s 2-0 series win. The fly-half has orchestrated Eddie Jones’ success in the southern hemisphere with growing maturity, top class distribution and some excellent kicking. Three conversions and two penalties helped maintain his side’s momentum and a masterful drop goal took the game beyond Argentina in the closing stages.

Moment of the match

England's Piers Francis scores a try during the match against ArgentinaEngland’s Piers Francis scores a try during the match against Argentina (Agustin Marcarian/AP)

When Nicolas Sanchez took possession on halfway towards the end of the first half England were on the back foot but the Argentina fly-half misjudged his kick ahead and Brown plucked the ball out of the air outside his own ’22’ without breaking his stride. The England full-back streaked clear down the right and turned the defensive cover inside out before off-loading the ball to centre Francis, who was rewarded for his fine support by cantering over for a scintillating try.

Brown back to his best

Brown turned in a brilliant attacking display that will have left England fans wondering how he had missed out on selection for Warren Gatland’s British & Irish Lions squad. Two rapier-like breaks from the full-back either side of half-time set up brilliant tries for centre Francis and Harlequins team-mate Danny Care and were among the highlights of another thrilling Test match.

Player ratings

Mike Brown: 8, Marland Yarde: 5, Henry Slade: 6, Piers Francis: 7, Jonny May: 6, George Ford: 9, Danny Care: 8, Ellis Genge: 5, Dylan Hartley: 7, Harry Williams: 7, Charlie Ewels: 7, Joe Launchbury: 8, Chris Robshaw: 8, Sam Underhill: 7, Nathan Hughes: 7. Replacements: Matt Mullan: 6, Will Collier: 7, Mark Wilson: 6, Alex Lozowski: 6, Denny Solomona: 5.

Who’s up next?

England v Argentina, Saturday November 11