In their Rugby World Cup opener, George Ford led a valiant 14-man England to a resounding 27-10 victory over Argentina, scoring a hat-trick of drop goals. After a string of poor performances and setbacks, England faced pressure to start strong in Pool D. However, they got off to a disastrous start when Tom Curry received a red card in the third minute for a high tackle that injured Argentina’s Juan Cruz Mallia. Despite the setback, Ford stepped up and scored a long-range drop goal to give England the lead. He went on to score two more drop goals before halftime, securing a nine-point lead for his team.
In the second half, England’s forwards dominated the scrum and breakdown, winning penalties that extended their lead to 21 points. The team’s defense was also impressive, repelling Argentina’s rare attacks and even making a turnover on the try line. Ford added another three points to his tally before being substituted, and although Argentina managed a late try, it was too little too late.
One talking point from the match was Curry’s return, which lasted only two minutes before his red card. While Curry is a talented player, his quick dismissal made things harder for England. Ford was named the player of the match for his outstanding performance, scoring all 27 points for his team. This leaves England’s coach, Steve Borthwick, with the decision of whether to reinstate captain Owen Farrell when he returns from his ban or keep Ford in the fly-half position.
Overall, England demonstrated resilience and teamwork to secure an impressive victory in their World Cup opener.