Hat-trick for May as England crush France

Hat-trick for May as England crush France

Hat-trick for May as England crush France

And yet, despite those somewhat surprising stats, England ran in six tries to France's one, cruised to a bonus-point before half time and eventually wrapped up their biggest win over Les Bleus in 100 years with a 44-8 triumph.

"You go there and it is a tough game, they are a good side, (there is a) loud crowd but it has never been a fortress to me", added Jones, who has never lost to Wales since he was appointed England coach in 2015.

"I don't want to speak too soon and we still have a lot of work to do but we are a more mature team than we were 12 months ago".

England's 36-point margin of victory was only just short of their largest against France - a 37-0 annihilation in France's first match at Twickenham in 1911. When all around you are losing their heads the one thing a team requires is a steady hand but Guirado had a disastrous opening few minutes which unsettled the rest of the team and set the pattern of the humiliation.

What the French hype as "le crunch" ended up "la mush" as England crushed France on Sunday at Twickenham in the second match of the Six Nations championship.

But first Eddie Jones' side had to see out the second half against France.

England's Henry Slade (centre) scores his side's fourth try at Twickenham.

By then, Ashton had bombed a try by dropping a lob pass from Manu Tuilagi, but earned a penalty try when he was tackled off the ball from behind by counterpart Gael Fickou.

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Wales rugby coach Warren Gatland is being urged to put his faith in Kiwi Gareth Anscombe as his first-choice first-five for the looming Six Nations clash with England.

"At the moment we're having a great deal of success with our kicking, but that could create opportunities in the next game somewhere else".

Jones was pleased with the result but sees room to improve and felt his team "left 15 to 20 points on the field" and despite a 30-8 interval lead claimed: 'We weren't very happy at half time'.

Jones reserved particular praise for May, who took his Test tally to 22 tries in 42 appearances, with two of his scores coming as reward for chasing kicks.

But Gatland also knows the size of Wales' task when they meet a team undefeated against them in Six Nations combat since 2013. More remarkably, it was the fifth consecutive match England have scored in the first two minutes.

"There's nothing to say", Brunel told France 2 after the slaughter.

"We were really under pressure from the English side, especially from their kicking game and we were not able to overcome that".

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