England: (30) 44
Tries: May 3, Slade, penalty try, Farrell Con: Farrell 3 Pens: Farrell 2
France: (8) 8
Tries: Penaud Pens: Parra
England Rugby Union side carried off were then had finished a week earlier in Dublin sweeping France aside at Twickenham to make it two from two on their path to regaining the Six Nations title.
France just couldn’t live with England’s physicality as they dominated at the break down and England’s kicking game was constantly turning the French back three leaving them isolated on the kick returns.
The lighting start saw wingman Johnny May (pictured) snatch a first half hat trick as England opened a 30-8 half time lead before completing the route with a further two after the break.
France, just couldn’t live with the speed at which England Started and as in most of their recent performance’s England got off to a great start with Jonny May crossing for his first after Elliot Daly had split the French defence before producing an each perfect kick ahead for his wing to collect. With Farrell missing the conversion but managing to find the target with two penalties either side of Morgan Parra’s penalty England found themselves 11-3 up after the first quarter.
With England defying the Cold, wet breezy weather by playing some attractive rugby, it was May who crossed for the next try, this time Collecting skipper’s Owen Farrells precise cut out pass, before stepping his opposite number and crossing in the corner.
On the half hour mark he was over again, this time England’s forwards ploughing through the French defence before his opposite winger Chris Ashton showed his skills by nabbing the ball behind the French defence for May to bounce and slide over the white wash.
France did produce a mini fight back when good work from Yoann Huget saw countryman Penaud cross for France’s solitary try of the game. However, the fightback was short lived as Ashton Swooped on a French kick to race down feld only to be brought down a meter from the line. The ball was recycled with prop forward Kyle Sinckler ending up with the ball in his hands before producing a pass any scrum half would have been proud off to find Henry Slade who calmly stepped inside Guilhem Guirado to cross for England’s fourth try of the game. Farrell slotted the conversion to make it 30-8 at the break.
The second half didn’t start any better for the visitors as a rare visit to England’s 22m area only found the ball ending up in Slade’s hands before he kicked ahead to release a flying Chris Ashton who was hauled down by Gael Fickou just before he collected the ball meters from the line.
Referee Nigel Owen was quick to award the penalty try and then send Fickou to the sin bin to compound the French woes.
Not long after England scored their seventh try when Farrell followed up his own kick to cap off another outstanding display from the skipper as Jone’s decision to introduce a mass of changes saw a visible dip in England’s intensity as they now seemed secure in just finishing the game.
The result see’s England top the table after two games and with Scotland and Ireland both yet to come to Twickenham, it could be England’s crucial game against the other undefeated side Wales in Cardiff in a fortnight that could decide the destination of this years six nations title.