England is through to the quarter-finals of the 2019 Rugby World Cup having defeated 14-man Argentina in Tokyo.
They take on France next Saturday in their final pool fixture with qualification for the knockout stages already secured.
England led 15-3 at the breakthrough tries from Jonny May, Elliot Daly, and Ben Youngs, while Argentina lost Tomas Lavanini midway through the half.
A second-half score from George Ford sealed the bonus point while Argentina crossed via Matias Moroni but late tries from Jack Nowell and Luke Cowan-Dickie settled a comfortable victory.
After a period of early Argentina, pressure Urdapilleta sent over a penalty for a 3-0 advantage.
May crossed on the left flank, Ford spotting space out wide putting in the Leicester Tiger for a seventh try this year in what has been a fine 12 months for the flying winger.
Tomas Lavanini was red-carded on 17 minutes for a high tackle on Owen Farrell – a second player to be sent off for a dangerous tackle on England’s captain.
Despite that though the score remained at 5-3 inside half-an-hour before a second try arrived five minutes before the break.
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England’s forwards carried to Argentina’s try line before Ford spread the ball out wide and Daly arced through.
Youngs sniped through for a third try on the stroke of half time as England continued to exploit tired Argentina defense.
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JACK IS BACK:
England went through the phases and Ford crashed over after a couple of big carries from the forwards created space for the fly-half to seal the bonus point.
Farrell kept the scoreboard ticking over with a 53rd-minute penalty to increase England’s lead to 25-3.
England welcomed back Mako Vunipola from injury with the talismanic prop playing the final 17 minutes of the game as the game noticeably slowed in the Tokyo humidity.
Nowell also made a welcome return from injury with 12 minutes remaining but Moroni jinked through for a first Argentina try – only the second England have conceded in Japan.
However, Nowell crossed on the right wing with a fine individual score, bouncing out of one tackle before flying over in the corner.
And Cowan-Dickie had the final say crashing over off the back of a driving maul after Farrell had kicked to 5m.
England will complete their Pool C fixtures against France in Yokohama on Saturday 12 October (KO 9.15 am, live on ITV) as they look to top the pool.
England: Tries – Daly, May, Youngs, Nowell, Ford, Cowan-Dickie Cons – Farrell 3 Pens – Farrell
Argentina: Tries – Moroni Cons – Urdapilleta – Urdapilleta Pens
England: 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Owen Farrell (c),15 Elliot Daly, 11 Jonny May, 9 Ben Youngs, 5 George Kruis, 6 Tom Curry, 7 Sam Underhill, 8 Billy Vunipola, 4 Maro Itoje 1 Joe Marler, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 14 Anthony Watson, 10 George Ford.
Finishers: 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Dan Cole, 20 Lewis Ludlam, 21 Willi Heinz, 22 Henry Slade, 23 Jack Nowell, 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 19 Courtney Lawes.
Argentina: 14 Matias Moroni, 13 Matias Orlando, 11 Santigo Carreras; 10 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 9 Tomas Cubelli; 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 3 Juan Figallo; 4 Guido Petti,5 Tomas Lavanini; 6 Pablo Matera, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 15 Emiliano Boffelli, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 2 Julian Montoya, 7 Marcos Kremer.
Replacements: 17 Mayco Vivas, 18 Santiago Medrano, 20 Tomas Lezana, 22 Lucas Mensa, 16 Agustin Creevy, 19 Matias Alemanno, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 23 Bautista Delguy.