Three key things from England v France Six Nations clash

Three key things from England v France Six Nations clash

Winger Jonny May scored a hat-trick in the first 30 minutes as a scintillating England ripped through a sorry France for a 44-8 victory at Twickenham on Sunday to put them top of the Six Nations table after two rounds.

"We're gutted for Taulupe, but this is the best course of action for him moving forwards as a player", Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder said.

"You know you're playing against a Warren Gatland side".

England skipper Owen Farrell, who was struggling with the conversation in the blustery winds, fed May with a looping pass for his second try of the afternoon.

"We're breeding some good back-rowers at the moment", said the dread-locked flanker. 'Hopefully we'll go under the radar. You've got to earn every point against them.

But England had a bonus point try on the stroke of half-time.

"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".

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His coach Gregor Townsend took responsibility, saying Scotland had to improve their set-pieces. Scotland also lost three throw-ins.

"Jonny May's like when you go to the park and you see someone with a tennis ball and they throw it, the dog runs 100mph and chases it and brings it back - he does that pretty well", Jones added. "He'll do the best to keep the game moving I think".

The home side thought they had opened the scoring in the fifth minute when full-back Sarah McKenna breezed past two opponents to touch down under the posts, but following an intervention from the TMO the try was ruled out after Poppy Leitch was penalised for blocking Menager in the scrum.

This victory followed England's 32-20 win away to reigning champions Ireland last week and was another impressive display ahead of this year's World Cup.

"At the moment we are having a great deal of success with our kicking and if you chase well it's hard to counter", said Jones.

France did capitalise on a rare slip by England when full-back Yoann Huget burst through several tackles before sending Penaud in for a try at the right corner, with Parra missing the conversion. It appears that head coach Jacques Brunel is not sure what his best team looks like, or perhaps even what their best positions are.

Five minutes later, Parra spilled a high ball on his 22, England wing Chris Ashton recovered and grubbered and the chasing May was under no pressure to tap down and complete his hat trick, the first by an Englishman against France since Henry Jacob in 1924.

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