Jonny May hat-trick inspires England to 44-8 bonus point win over France

Jonny May was England's hero at Twickenham on Sunday
Jonny May was England's hero at Twickenham on Sunday

England 44-8 France, Twickenham Stadium

Jonny May scored a hat-trick as England came up with a clinical display at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday to trounce France 44-8 in the second round of the Six Nations.

The bonus point win is England's second from as many games that has taken them to the top position in the table while France are at fifth after losing both their games.

An early mistake from France proved them costly as Elliot Daly capitalised on a knock-on and offloaded to May for a second minute try as England raced to five point lead. Owen Farrell missed out on the conversion but kicked two penalties sandwiched by a three-pointer from Morgan Parra as the scoreline was 11-3 by the 13th minute.

As the half hour mark was approaching England stepped up the accelerator with May diving over in the 24th minute and five minutes later May grabbed a grubber kick from Chris Ashton to complete a hat-trick as Eddie Jones' side stretched their lead to 23-3.

France finally managed to break the shackles and had something to celebrate when Yoann Huget raced through before offloading to winger Damian Penaud, who touched down as France raised their tally to eight points but England went on to claim their bonus point before the break when a combination of Ashton and Kyle Sinckler sent Henry Slade over the line as the first half ended with a 30-8 scoreline.

England were not able to add to their tally until the 49th minute when they were awarded a penalty try after Ashton was illegally tackled by Gael Fickou with the France winger even sin-binned.

Things only went from bad to worse for the visitors as a Farrell and Youngs partnership sent the fly-half crossover in the 55th minute and even managed to kick the conversion to complete a 44-8 victory.

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