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Monday, 17 June, 2002, 22:06 GMT 23:06 UK
Quesada kicks England to defeat
Kevin Sorrell is the victim of a high tackle
Argentina haul back England's Kevin Sorrell
Argentina 'A' 29-24 England

England out-scored Argentina by three ties to two but still slipped to a narrow defeat in Buenos Aires.

Sale wing Mark Cueto, Northampton prop Robbie Morris and Newcastle fly-half Dave Walder all touched down for the tourists, but Gonzalo Quesada kicked the home side to victory.


We were guilty of running into people and losing the ball, but we came here to learn
England coach
Clive Woodward

Quesada, top scorer in the 1999 World Cup, booted three penalties, a drop goal and two conversions before going off midway through the second period.


He was joined on the scoresheet by number eight Pablo Bouza and centre Diego Giannantonio, who touched down in the first half.

England boss Clive Woodward paraded six capped players in his starting XV, but only Cueto made a serious challenge for Test recognition against Argentina at Velez Sarsfield next Saturday.

David Rees finds no way through
David Rees finds no way through the home defence
Argentina A, who were thrashed 58-17 by England on the same ground five years ago, struck first after just six minutes when Bouza showed great strength to power over from 15 metres.

Quesada converted, but England drew level just seven minutes later when Cueto completed a move that started inside the tourists' half.

Walder added the extra points before Argentina regained the initiative through a Gian Antonio try, Quesada conversion and 30m drop goal.


If we had kept hold of the ball, then we would have won comfortably
Clive Woodward

Quesada's first penalty put England further behind before Morris' try closed the gap to 20-14 at the break.

Quesada and Walder exchanged penalties early in the second half before England grabbed the lead.

Walder weaved his way over after Leicester back-row man Adam Balding stretched Argentina's defence.

Walder converted, but penalties from Quesada and substitute Juan Fernandez-Miranda saw Argentina home.

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