Hat trick for May as England crushes France

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England's Jonny May in action against France during their Six Nations Championship match at Twickenham Stadium, London, Sunday. — Reuters

LONDON — Winger Jonny May scored a hat trick in the first 30 minutes as a scintillating England ripped through a sorry France for a 44-8 victory at Twickenham Sunday to put them top of the Six Nations table after two rounds.

After claiming an unexpected bonus point victory over Ireland last week, the extra point was in the bag by halftime as Eddie Jones's team exposed France's ragged defense again and again with a relentless deluge of kicks of every description.

The irrepressible May bagged the first three and Henry Slade the fourth as England forged a remarkable 30-8 halftime lead.

A penalty try and one for Owen Farrell put the game to bed early in the second half as England delivered on Jones's promise that they would be even better this week.

"Trying to raise the bar after last week was the challenge, but we came out and definitely played some good rugby today," May told ITV Sport.

"The brand of rugby we want to play, we want to put teams under pressure. I’m just doing my job, we are all working hard and putting some good performances together."

England tops the standings with 10 points from two bonus-point wins, with Wales on eight after its two opening victories.

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

France, which beat England in Paris a year ago, has now lost a remarkable 15 of its last 19 games and has managed only two championship victories at Twickenham in 30 years.

They had no answer to England’s relentless attacks, particularly its array of attacking kicks that had it turning, retreating and tying itself in knots from start to finish.

Wales beats Italy

Wales made history by equaling its best run of 11 straight Test wins with a 26-15 victory over Italy Saturday.

Josh Adams and Owen Watkin touched down following the break after Dan Biggar had kicked four first-half penalties for the visitors to lead 12-7 at the interval.

England women thump France

England defeated Grand Slam champions France 41-26 in their women's Six Nations clash at Doncaster Sunday to emerge as favorite to clinch the title this year.

England, which tops the table ahead of Italy with two victories from as many games, dominated the match billed as a potential tournament decider by scoring seven tries to France's four.

The hosts surged to a 24-0 lead in the opening half with two tries each from lock Poppy Cleall and center Jess Breach before France hit back with a strong performance after the break, but it was too little too late for the champion. — Agencies


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