England won their 13th match in a row by beating Argentina despite Elliot Daly’s red card after less than five minutes at Twickenham.
Wing Daly was dismissed for taking out Leonardo Senatore in mid-air but a penalty try and three Owen Farrell penalties opened up a 16-0 lead.
Tries from Facundo Isa and Santiago Cordero cut the gap to two points.
A Jonny May score pulled England clear with Argentina’s Enrique Pieretto also sent off for a stamp on Joe Marler.
It is England’s 12th win under Eddie Jones and sets them up for next Saturday’s visit of Australia when another victory would equal the Red Rose’s longest winning run, set across 2002-03.
Argentina end their northern hemisphere tour with three defeats following losses to Wales and Scotland.
The result also ensures the World Cup semi-finalists will be amongst the third seeds in the draw for the 2019 tournament next May, potentially placing them in a ‘group of death’.
Daly has a very early bath
Daly became only the fifth England player to be sent off in an international after taking out number eight Senatore as he caught a high ball.
The 24-year-old, who usually plays in the centre for Wasps, tipped Senatore over his shoulder and the Argentine, who was unable to continue, landed heavily on his head and neck.
After viewing the video replay, referee Gauzere told Daly he had no option but to show the red card.
Later in the half there was a similar incident as May was taken out by Juan Pablo Estelles, but only a penalty was awarded as the Gloucester man landed on his side.
England show character in adversity
The hosts looked to be seriously up against it when Isa and Cordero scored either side of the break against 13 men after Daly’s dismissal and a yellow for Dan Cole.
Jones’ men dug in and managed to resist a tiring Argentina for the rest of the game. They even began to gain the upper hand in the scrum with Farrell kicking two further penalties before May ran in the corner after George Ford, Tom Wood and Jonathan Joseph drew tackles to release the Gloucester man.
Despite the Daly red, it had looked like it would be a more straightforward victory when referee Pascal Gauzere awarded England a penalty try just before the half hour after Matias Orlando deliberately knocked forward a Chris Robshaw pass with Wood poised to score.
Fourteen quick points against 13 men
A key passage of the match came at the end of the first half as Argentina’s pack laid siege to the England line with the hosts forced to concede a succession of penalties.
The visitors decided to pass up the opportunity for an easy three points and opted for repeated scrums. As the penalties accumulated, England lost Billy Vunipola to injury and Cole to the sin-bin as Gauzere lost patience with the repeat offending.
With the half in its 48th minute, replacement flanker Isa eventually picked up and drove through scrum-half Ben Youngs to give Argentina a huge boost going into the belated break.
Holding a two-man advantage, they went for the jugular at the start of the second half, moving the ball across the field to Estelles. The winger drew in Mike Brown on the left flank and quick passes sent Cordero clear under the posts.
The gap was suddenly down to two points and Jones’ 100% winning record looked in danger, but the hosts dominated once Cole returned to the field.
It ended with another red
The match ended as it began with Gauzere showing another red card, this time to Argentina’s Pieretto who stamped on fellow replacement Marler after the England prop held on to him.
Marler was shown a yellow for his part in the incident.
England end their autumn campaign with the visit of Australia next Saturday (14:30 GMT), looking to make it four wins in four weeks.
England: 15-Mike Brown, 14-Jonny May, 13-Jonathan Joseph, 12-Owen Farrell, 11-Elliot Daly, 10-George Ford, 9-Ben Youngs; 8-Billy Vunipola, 7-Tom Wood, 6-Chris Robshaw, 5-George Kruis, 4-Courtney Lawes, 3-Dan Cole, 2-Dylan Hartley (capt), 1-Mako Vunipola.
Replacements: 16-Jamie George, 17-Joe Marler, 18-Kyle Sinckler 19-Charlie Ewels, 20-Teimana Harrison, 21-Danny Care, 22-Ben Te’o, 23-Henry Slade.
Argentina: 15-Santiago Cordero, 14-Matias Orlando, 13-Matias Moroni, 12-Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 11-Juan Pablo Estelles, 10-Juan Martin Hernandez, 9-Tomas Cubelli; 8-Leonardo Senatore, 7-Javier Ortega Desio, 6-Pablo Matera, 5-Matias Alemanno, 4-Guido Petti, 3-Ramiro Herrera, 2-Agustin Creevy (capt), 1-Lucas Noguera.
Replacements: 16-Julian Montoya, 17-Santiago Garcia Botta, 18-Enrique Pieretto, 19-Facundo Isa, 20-Tomas Lezana, 21-Martin Landajo, 22-Jeronimo De la Fuente, 23-Gabriel Ascarate
Referee: Pascal Gauzere (France)
Touch judges: Marius Mitrea (Italy), Ian Davies (Wales)
TMO: Tim Hayes (Wales)
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