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Tigers lead England into Cup quarter finals

Tries for Tigers trio Jonny May, Ben Youngs and George Ford have helped England secure their place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals with a 39-10 victory over Argentina in Tokyo.

The Los Pumas were the first to register points with a penalty goal in the seventh minute of the match before England hit back with the first try of the game when Jonny May ran it in out wide on the end of an impressive build-up from his forwards and well-timed pass from Tigers team-mate Ford.

Only ten minutes after May's try and his future Tigers team-mate Tomas Lavanini was shown a red card for a high tackle on England captain Owen Farrell meaning Argentina would be a man down for more than a hour.

It was almost half an hour before England had their second try when Elliot Daly ducked and weaved his way through the Argentine defence to score.

With the now famous half-time gong having sounded, England continued to press their opponents line and Youngs was the benefactor for the patient build-up when he dived over from the base of the ruck to see them take a 15-3 lead in to the break.

Just five minutes in to the second-half and England confirmed a bonus-point when Ford barged his way over from close range, down the blind-side, after a bullet-like pass from his club-mate Youngs close to the Pumas line.

Farrell's conversion attempt was the England skipper's first of the match, which he followed with a successful penalty-goal in the 54th minute to see his side out to a 25-3 lead with 25 minutes remaining at Tokyo Stadium.

Dan Cole's inclusion on the hour mark saw him join Youngs on 92 international appearances for England, taking the Leicester pair to equal third on the all-time men's players tally.

Argentina managed a try in the final quarter of the match with an impressive set play on the back of a line-out before England added two more in the dying stages, to Jack Nowell and Luke Cowan-Dickie, to close out the match and register the 29-point victory.