England 41 - 26 France Women - Match Report & Highlights

Lynette Rowe
February 13, 2019

Wales finished second in last year's championship, three places above England, with Gatland twisting the knife by declaring the two sides were "poles apart", after Jones' side continued to slump after the tournament.

Jonny May crossed three times in under 30 minutes to set England on their way to an impressive 44-8 win over France in the second Guinness Six Nations match.

"Owen has a great sense of the game, we have a lot of good kickers, but you kick is only as good as your chase and our chase was outstanding today", Jones said.

Going into this game with France, Eddie Jones warned England would have to win a battle against complacency following last week's triumph in Dublin against a team labelled the best in the world.

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.

"When you've got a bonus point after 30 minutes, you've done pretty well but I thought our second half performance was even better", he said.

May was inches away from his fourth in the second half but couldn't quite reach a kick through from Farrell, though luckily the fly-half was also chasing and dived on the loose ball to touch down.

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England top the standings with 10 points from two bonus-point wins, with Wales - who they face next in Cardiff - on eight after their two opening victories. "But we just had a quick chat in the room there and we felt we probably left 15 to 20 points on the field".

The Leicester flyer has now scored 22 tries in 42 Tests and Jones said: "Jonny May is one of the hardest working guys in our team".

Warren Gatland will stand down as Wales coach after this year's World Cup in Japan and Jones praised the New Zealander by saying: "You know you're playing against a Warren Gatland side".

"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".

And, he's also learned that he needs to be less autocratic with John Mitchell appointed in September and Scott Wisemantel, who came in on a temporary basis in the summer, given the job on a more permanent basis recently too. It appears that head coach Jacques Brunel is not sure what his best team looks like, or perhaps even what their best positions are.

"We were really under pressure from the English side, especially from their kicking game and we were not able to overcome that".

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