England 13 Argentina 9

Ben Youngs saved England's bacon earlier today with a decisive second-half try in their opening game of the Rugby World Cup in Dunedin against Argentina.

Martin Johnson's team were second best for much of the 80 minutes in a match that was punctuated by missed penalties and ill-discipline. England struggled to match Argentina's physicality at the breakdown and found themselves trailing 6-3 at the break.

England were hanging for dear life during the first 40 minutes but Argentina failed to capitalise on England's persistent infringements failing with six of their nine penalty attempts. The South American's efforts were not helped by the loss of their captain and first-choice goal-kicker Felipe Contepomi midway during the first-half.

Referee Bryce Lawrence lost patience with England's desperate attempts to slow the ball down at the ruck and eventually sent prop Dan Cole to the sin bin just before half-time.

However, England's Jonny Wilkinson also struggled with the boot. The normally consistent flyhalf had a game to forget missing five of his seven penalty attempts and offering very little in attack with the ball in hand.

England were lethargic in defence and clueless in attack appearing to have left the form they showed in their final warm-up game against Ireland back home. Youngs injected some pace into the game which had descended into a forwards dominated arm wrestle.

The Leicester Tigers scrum-half turned the game in England's favour when he scampered over the line for a close-range try following some good approach work from the England pack.

'The first 40 minutes it was quite hard to play rugby when you don't touch it or see it (the ball),' England captain Mike Tindall said after the game. 'You have to give credit to Argentina because when they had the ball they controlled it very well.'

'Youngsy came on and turned the game and we got a little bit of tempo in there and got some fast ball and scored the try and got more control on the game.'

Scotland struggled against minnows Romania but eventually won the match 34-24 in Saturday's other Pool B game.

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