England's hat-trick hero Billy Vunipola is keeping his focus as Argentina tour continues

Last Updated: 03/06/13 1:59pm

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Billy Vunipola: Keeping grounded despite hat-trick on his first England start

Billy Vunipola: Keeping grounded despite hat-trick on his first England start

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Billy Vunipola is keeping his feet firmly on the ground after his six-minute hat-trick in England's 41-21 victory over a South American XV.

Vunipola's first England start in Montevideo came the day after his elder brother, Mako, and his cousin Toby Faletau had made their debuts for the British and Irish Lions in Hong Kong.

He marked the occasion in fine style, running in his first hat-trick in senior rugby, but he is not letting the achievement go to his head.

He said: "I spoke to my brother on Friday night and I just said good luck to him. I am really happy for him and Toby to be playing.

"He texted me saying 'good luck, concentrate on the things I do well like carrying the ball and not get overawed by the occasion of playing for England for the first time'.

"I have never scored a hat-trick. Maybe I did in school - but school is a bit easier than international rugby.

"Personally I thought I went OK, but nothing exceptional. I will tell him I did OK, I don't want to blow my own trumpet."

Despite England's winning scoreline, the CONSUR XV - comprised of players from Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Chile - dominated the first and last quarters of the match.

And they made life difficult for England at the breakdown throughout to send warning signals to Stuart Lancaster's side ahead of the first Test with the Pumas next Saturday.

"As a team we need to go back to the drawing board and try to work on the fundamentals - the ruck and the tackle area - because Argentina will come at us hard there. We slipped off a few," Vunipola said.

"That will be the biggest challenge for us."

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