|Six Nations Championship|
|England: (30) 44|
|Tries: May 3, Slade, penalty strive, Farrell Con: Farrell 3 Pens: Farrell 2|
|France: (8) 8|
|Tries: Penaud Pens: Parra|
England blew France away with a first-half hat-trick of tries from Jonny May to proceed their fabulous start to the Six Nations.
May went over thrice within the left-hand nook within the first 30 minutes as England’s forwards steamrollered France and their backs’ kicking recreation reduce them aside.
Eddie Jones’ men added two extra within the second half, one via the relentless Owen Farrell and the opposite a penalty strive after Chris Ashton had been introduced down with out the ball.
France had no reply to England’s physicality, their again three turned inside out by the fixed kicks rained in behind them, and their appalling run at Twickenham goes on.
England have now received 10 of their final 13 Six Nations matches in opposition to France, Les Bleus on a horrible run of eight defeats of their final 9 with the 2 sides due to meet on the group phases of this autumn’s World Cup.
With Italy and Scotland to come at house subsequent month – one who’ve by no means received at this stadium, the opposite not in 36 years – the conflict in opposition to Wales in Cardiff in a fortnight’s time is shaping up to be the decisive match on this 12 months’s championship.
May Day comes early
England had scored early tries in every of their previous 5 matches and so they accelerated out of the blocks as soon as once more.
The men in white counter-attacked after a French knock-on, Daly reduce a swathe via the scattered French rearguard and kicked forward into acres of area for May to race clear and contact the unfastened ball down.
Farrell slid the conversion large however banged over a penalty both facet of an easy one for Morgan Parra for 11-3, and as a rain squall blew in on the chilly wind, each side regarded to kick into area of their opponent’s again subject.
And it was May who struck once more. Farrell’s lengthy miss-pass after a collection of heavyweight drives on the French line left the winger one on one with Damian Penaud however standing nonetheless, but he stepped his reverse quantity with insouciance to dance into the nook.
With lower than half an hour gone he had his hat-trick as England’s thundering forwards left the French line of defense reeling earlier than Ashton dabbed the ball into the empty areas behind for May to dash via and slide throughout the try-line.
Yoann Huget labored a gap down the England proper for Penaud to dive into the nook, nevertheless it was the briefest of interruptions as one more kick via put Ashton within the clear.
The 31-year-old was hauled down a metre from the road however prop Kyle Sinckler spun a scrum-half’s cross out left for Henry Slade to step inside Guilhem Guirado.
England had their fourth try to a bonus-point earlier than the half-time whistle had been blown, Farrell sliding over his conversion for 30-Eight and the cavorting house crowd giving their facet a standing ovation as they jogged for the dressing room.
England discover consistency to bolster perception
It was to worsen for France. Slade picked off a unfastened cross on a uncommon French foray into England’s 22, and when he kicked forward for the galloping Ashton, Gael Fickou’s determined chase ended with him hauling down his reverse quantity with out the ball.
Referee Nigel Owens ran to the posts to sign a penalty strive after which despatched Fickou to the sin-bin to compound the guests’ woes.
France had been on the ropes and it was Farrell to land the following blow, following up his personal kick after Ben Youngs took a fast penalty and May couldn’t fairly collect for one more strive.
There was a query of whether or not May had hooked an arm round Antoine Dupont as they fought for the unfastened ball, simply as there had been about how possible Ashton would have been to rating with out Fickou’s unlawful intervention, however with a 34-point lead and greater than 1 / 4 of the competition nonetheless to come, England didn’t care.
Courtney Lawes introduced one other roar as he despatched the enormous Mathieu Bastareaud backwards within the deal with earlier than the depth dipped as Jones threw on his replacements.
Four years in the past England caught 55 factors on France and but later that 12 months crashed out of the World Cup on the group phases.
But after backing up final week’s spectacular win over Ireland in Dublin with this efficiency, their supporters shall be believing that this time round may be completely different.
Man of the Match – Jonny May
View from the gantry
Former England worldwide and BBC Radio 5 stay pundit Matt Dawson stated: “It was ominous for France even after a minute.
“England had been good however France stored going, they did not throw the towel in. It was full management from England for a lot of the 80 minutes although.
“The game in Cardiff has enormous consequences. Don’t underestimate Wales, they don’t need motivating. They will be fully pumped.”
England: Daly; Ashton, Slade, Tuilagi, May; Farrell, Youngs; Vunipola, George, Sinckler, Lawes, Kruis, Wilson, Curry, Vunipola
Replacements: Moon for M Vunipola (44), Launchbury for Kruis (47), Hughes for Curry (47), Nowell for Ashton (52), Cole for Sinckler (57), Cowan-Dickie for George (62), Ford for Tuilagi (62)
France: Huget; Penaud, Bastareaud, Doumayrou, Fickou; Lopez, Parra; Poirot, Guirado, Bamba, Vahaamhina, Lambey, Camara, Iturria, Picamoles
Replacements: Ramos for Huget (41), Ntamack for Penaud (47), Dupont for Parra (47), Aldegheri for Bamba (57), Willemse for Vahaamhina, Alldritt for Lambey (70)
Not used: Bourgarit, Priso
Ref: Nigel Owens (Wales)
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