Hat-trick for May as six-try England crush sorry France

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Leicester Tigers wing May's first try came inside the opening two minutes as he raced onto a kick from Elliot Daly, and it was via that method that England frequently found joy.

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. More remarkably, it was the fifth consecutive match England have scored in the first two minutes. It was a tactic that England used heavily against France as they exploited the backs' inability to deal with facing their own touchline.

France are in England's pool at the World Cup but Brunel insisted: "Lots of things can happen in the meantime".

England were not able to add to their tally until the 49th minute when they were awarded a penalty try after Ashton was illegally tackled by Gael Fickou with the France winger even sin-binned.

After Sarah McKenna was held up over the line, a break down the wing from Kelly Smith was quickly recycled for Poppy Cleall to hit a short line and power over. The try was set up by a thunderous double tackle from Billy and Mako Vunipola that dislodged the ball from Guilhem Guirado's grasp.

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. Farrell kicked an additional 14 points.

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Farrell's conversion hit the post but England were 16-3 up.

"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 had all but wrapped up the match by half-time, leading 30-8 and having already claimed a bonus point after May's hat-trick and one from Henry Slade, leaving France with little to play for in a second half in which they failed to register a single point.

Huget took a head knock and was replaced by a real fullback, debutant Thomas Ramos, at halftime.

"I'm very disappointed of course, especially in our first half" said Brunel following France's 10th loss in 13 Tests.

France conceded six tries, five of them being the result of England's offensive kicks that put them under pressure, and Parra's words were damning for his team and their management. Guirado stuck to his task and made one bullocking run in the second-half but the 32-year-old who spoke prior to the tournament of restoring pride to the French jersey may not have too many more chances of doing so with such a performance.

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