Wales v England, Six Nations 2019

Wales v England, Six Nations 2019

France helped England out quite a bit by picking two centres on the wings and a winger at full back, as well as bringing in Mathieu Bastareaud to play opposite the more mobile Henry Slade, but they got it spot on tactically again on Sunday.

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. And they meet next.

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.

That advantage was increased to 36 points by the hour mark as England's kicking game continued to expose French frailties.

He has started the mind games with Warren Gatland early by saying that England are going to be facing the best Welsh team ever in Cardiff next weekend but they have just equalled their best ever winning streak and I don't mind that.

But tries from substitute Botterman and O'Donnell effectively put the result beyond doubt and late scores from Bourdon and Menager were little consolation for the well-beaten visitors. It was a tactic that England used heavily against France as they exploited the backs' inability to deal with facing their own touchline.

For the fifth successive match England registered a try inside the first five minutes, May racing through to dot down following Elliot Daly's measured kick in a move that would prove fruitful for Jones' men in the first half.

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Jacques Brunel, the France coach, made six changes to his starting XV following that match but this humiliation meant his side had now lost 10 of their last 13 Tests.

"We were under pressure throughout the game".

'If this was a normal year, on reflection, maybe we wouldn't have made so many changes, but we wanted to give everyone in the 31 an opportunity to be involved in the first two games'. "He does that pretty well". England bashed at the defense and Farrell passed out left to May, who stepped opposite Damian Penaud and was over.

With his 12th try in his last 12 tests, May eclipsed New Zealand's Rieko Ioane to be test rugby's highest try-scorer since the start of 2018.

England merely brushed that off and scored on halftime when a Ben Youngs grubber kick was scooped up by Ashton and taken to the posts.

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

All six of England's tries were either a direct, or indirect, results of England's sublime tactical kicking.