England scrum-half Danny Care hailed his side's debutants for their impact in the win over Argentina in San Juan on Saturday.
In total England gave international debuts to 10 players on Saturday, including Denny Solomona who scored a last-minute try to snatch victory from the hosts. Moments earlier Argentina had taken a slender lead, and Care attributes the finish to lessons learned on the training pitch.
“We thought we would crack them, and it took until the last minute, but that is what we train so hard for – moments like that,” he told England Rugby.
“Denny Solomona came on and it was an unbelievable finish from him. The new caps were all brilliant, like Mark Wilson who came on and bailed us out a couple of times on our own line – game-changing moments."
Despite a Marland Yarde try and six points from the boot of George Ford, England trailed Argentina 17-13 at half-time.
But a resurgence followed in the second stanza, spurred by a moment of brilliance from Exeter Chiefs’ Henry Slade, as he stabbed a grubber kick in behind los Pumas' defence for Jonny May to pounce on.
And although England conceded two tries, a Ford score – as well as his precise penalty kicking – kept Eddie Jones’ men within range, and the late solo try from Solomona sealed victory.
“It was a hell of a Test match, end-to-end stuff, and that’s what you’re going to get with Argentina,” added Care.
“They’re a brilliant team; they throw the ball around, keep it alive and make it entertaining.
“It’s 1-0 but we want to go away with a 2-0 win, so we will work hard on Monday and try to get another result next week.”
Ford, who was voted man of the match by England Rugby fans, accrued 23 points en route to victory but warned England must improve if they are to secure a second win next weekend.
“First game of the tour, it’s always nice to start with a win,” he said.
“We know it will be harder next week so we’ll go back, we’ll train hard, we’ll get better and hopefully put in a better performance.”