England captain Dylan Hartley says he will enjoy his summer holiday all the more for having ended the 2016-17 season by leading his side to a 2-0 series victory on their tour of Argentina.

It was mission accomplished for Eddie Jones’ youthful England squad as they followed up their opening 38-34 win over the Pumas in San Juan with a more routine 35-25 success in Santa Fe.

“That’s what we came to do,” said Hartley, who played in all 160 minutes on the two-match tour. “If anything, it exceeded our hopes and expectations because we learned so much about ourselves and the development of the team.

“Overall, to win two games, that was the objective and I think we can be really proud of ourselves. They were not the perfect games but we found ways to win them both.”

Charlie Ewels, Piers Francis and Will Collier all scored their first England tries, while scrum-half Danny Care got the other and his half-back partner George Ford underlined his importance to the team with another man-of-the-match performance which included five goals and a timely drop goal.

While experienced players like Ford, Hartley, Mike Brown and Chris Robshaw demonstrated their continuing value to England, Jones handed out 11 new caps and players like Sam Curry, Mark Wilson, Sam Underhill and Piers Francis seized their opportunity to press their claims for a place in his 45-man elite player squad which will be announced in the summer.

“It was an unbelievable effort, to have 20 new players on tour, but the collective effort from all the guys was amazing as well,” Hartley said.

“It’s been easy to lead this team, the buy-in has been brilliant, I couldn’t have asked for a better group. I think English rugby is in a safe place with the depth that we’ve got.

“I’d like to think Eddie is pretty chuffed as well. We’re all very proud of each other. It was a big achievement, against an experienced Argentinian side in the rural parts, in hostile atmospheres. Being on the road has been difficult but we’ve found out a lot about each other.

“We don’t get another game at the weekend so if we had lost (on Saturday), it would have left a bad taste in the mouth, going away the summer holiday. The motive for me was to win (on Saturday) and make sure I leave this team in a good place.”