Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

France ruthlessly exposed by England's tactical kicking masterclass

France ruthlessly exposed by England's tactical kicking masterclass

Jonny May scored a first-half hat-trick and there were tries for Henry Slade, Owen Farrell and a penalty try as England kept hapless France scoreless in the second half.

"When we get back together on Wednesday we'll start the process of how we can get better again".

French rugby paper Midi Olympique laid into its national team after their Six Nations capitulation against England at Twickenham, labelling the loss "Waterloo" on its front page.

The home side thought they had opened the scoring in the fifth minute when full-back Sarah McKenna breezed past two opponents to touch down under the posts, but following an intervention from the TMO the try was ruled out after Poppy Leitch was penalised for blocking Menager in the scrum.

"At the moment we are having a great deal of success with our kicking and if you chase well it's hard to counter", said Jones.

And Ball, who started alongside Alun Wyn Jones in Wales' second row that day, added: "To lose a game like that was gutting from a personal point of view, and I know the boys won't want to feel like that again".

Despite roaring into 30-8 halftime lead, Jones said he was most pleased by England's second-half display when they did not let the intensity drop.

England's 36-point margin of victory was only just shy of their largest against Les Bleus - a 37-0 win in France's first match at Twickenham back in 1911.

"You question if you kept the same team and had a real convincing win in terms of finishing off those opportunities we created, maybe the other question would be why didn't you use more of the squad when you had the chance to?" He's in a position where he can truly challenge the head coach in a way that Dylan Hartley perhaps couldn't because nobody is doubting his place in the team.

"You have a Welsh team that is doing so well".

While the hosts' kicks were chased by hungry backs, France's were purely defensive, and Brunel's side were nearly always on the back foot.

"Yes, it was pretty good, pretty useful", conceded Jones.

"Some of the chasing was outstanding".

Jones said, "Jonny May is like, when you go to the park, and you see a person with a tennis ball and they throw it, and the dog runs 100 miles per hour and chases and brings it back".

He tweeted: "No one is above criticism and I certainly am not".

"But I have not got the time to do that at the moment".

France started to get into the game but their cause was not helped when, near the England line, hooker Guirado missed his intended jumper by throwing the ball over the top of a line-out.

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