Three key things from England v France Six Nations clash

Aubrey Yates
February 12, 2019

Nigel Owens has called out a fan on Twitter after he criticised his decision to award a penalty try to England in their win over France at Twickenham on Sunday.

Barely had the anthems finished when France's bid for a first Six Nations win at Twickenham since 2005 was rocked by May's opening try.

One method England have used to get on the front foot early is to kick in behind the opponents and put their wingers and full-back under pressure.

Jonny May stole the thunder from the former rugby league star's return to the starting line-up of a Six Nations fixture for the first time in six years.

"England dominating another poor French side".

France captain Guilhem Guirado knocked on and England full-back Elliot Daly, recovering the loose ball, cut a line through the visitors defence before putting in a clever angled kick behind the cover and into the in-goal area.

May opened the scoring in the second minute as England, for the fifth Test in a row, had a try inside the first three minutes.

"We're playing the greatest Welsh side ever, so we'll have to be at our absolute best", Jones said.

France head coach Jacques Brunel said: "Obviously I'm very, very disappointed".

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May's hat-trick score was nearly a carbon copy of his opening try, with Chris Ashton threading the kick behind the French line on that occasion.

Despite roaring into 30-8 halftime lead, Jones said he was most pleased by England's second-half display when they did not let the intensity drop.

"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 100 miles per hour and chases it and brings it back". England bashed at the defense and Farrell passed out left to May, who stepped opposite Damian Penaud and was over.

Guirado was then penalized for not rolling away in a ruck and Owen Farrell kicked England 8-0 ahead in a shower.

Brunel has been heavily criticised for fielding a makeshift back three that included two centres on the wing and wing Yoann Huget at fullback.

"He's chasing kicks, putting pressure on teams, he's getting the ball back for us, he's creating chaos and he's scoring a good few tries off the back of it".

England led 30-8 at the interval, with four tries earning a bonus-point victory, but Jones insisted the second-half performance was even better.

Such a performance in the opening period wrapped up a bonus-point by the break, with further scores coming in the second half through Cleall, Hannah Botterman and Catherine O'Donnell.

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