Guirado: France blown away by England in first half

England 44 - 8 France: Jones’ men sets sights on ‘greatest’ Welsh side

England's Six Nations wins over defending champions Ireland and France were the best the team had played since Eddie Jones was appointed head coach in 2015, scrum half Ben Youngs said.

By halftime, England had the bonus-point fourth try.

Kelly Smith, Hannah Botterman and Cath O'Donnell also got on the scoresheet for England to leave them full of confidence ahead of their meeting with Wales in Cardiff on February 24.

Jonny May scored a first-half hat-trick as England routed France 44-8 at Twickenham to maintain their ideal record in the 2019 Six Nations.

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.

It was their second-highest margin of victory over the French, a point shy of their 37-0 win in 1911.

"We have to get defenders back there and the only way we do that is to put the ball in that space".

Under Brunel's stewardship, France have lost nine of their last 10 tests, which have included a first-ever loss to Fiji, their biggest defeat to England in more than a century, a second half capitulation which led to defeat against Wales, and a three-match series pummelling at the hands of New Zealand past year.

This is England's second match of the tournament following that opening weekend triumph, and they are expected to have too much for their opponents in Paris.

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"At the moment we're having a great deal of success with our kicking, but that could create opportunities in the next game somewhere else".

He missed the November series because of a calf injury, but his recovery from injury alongside brother and No. 8 Billy Vunipola and centre Manu Tuilagi has transformed England into the championship favourite.

This time Farrell kicked the conversion and England were nearly out of sight at 23-3.

"The England game is going to get hyped up a lot, but we need to just focus on ourselves", Navidi said.

France replied through a Morgan Parra penalty and Damian Penaud try in an error-strewn performance which does not bode well in World Cup year. If you're 30-8 up against France at half-time you are doing something right.

And another added: "No way back for France now with Jonny May in this form".

The die of England's go-to attacking tactic was cast in the opening exchanges and France failed to find any answers.

Gatland said: 'For us, there is a bigger picture that we were looking at for the first two games (against France and Italy).

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