England give France Les Bleus with Six Nations thumping


Jonny May touched down three times in the opening 30 minutes with France unable to cope with the winger’s pace or England’s intensity throughout.

Damian Penaud managed to pull one try back for France before Henry Slade added another for the home side before half time.

A penalty try after Chris Ashton was taken out off the ball by Gael Fickou when it looked like he was about to score extended England’s lead at the start of the second period.

And Owen Farrell crossed for a sixth time, rounding off a miserable day for France who have not won a Six Nations match in London since 2005.

The result sets up a mouthwatering showdown with Wales in two weeks time, with the only two unbeaten teams in the tournament set to face-off with dreams of a grand slam still in tact.

May the Man

Speaking to UK broadcaster ITV after the match, May said that to score a hat trick at Twickenham, the home of English rugby, was “awesome and very special.”

May, who scored after two minutes in Dublin last weekend was even quicker off the mark Sunday, taking just 66 seconds to touch down after chasing Elliot Daily’s kick through.

That passage of play set the tone for the afternoon, with England’s kicks in behind proving difficult for France to deal with.

Jonny May celebrates scoring his sides first try against France.

England manager Eddie Jones said he was pleased with England’s second half performance after the team had “gone off the boil a little bit” towards the end of the opening period when Penaud touched down for France.

“It is a difficult game when you get points in front because you can get seduced by the scoreboard and you start doing things you wouldn’t normally,” he told ITV.

“But we kept our discipline and stuck to the game plan,” Jones added.

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