Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

France ruthlessly exposed by England's tactical kicking masterclass

France ruthlessly exposed by England's tactical kicking masterclass

England's Owen Farrell celebrates scoring their sixth try against France at Twickenham Stadium, London February 10, 2019.

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.

Farrell scored the sixth and last England try, and converted it, after Youngs' quick tap penalty from 70 meters out and Farrell's kick ahead was messed up by France under pressure from May.

It was a performance symptomatic of a wider problem in French rugby as the crisis deepens following another Six Nations defeat.

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.

England head coach Simon Middleton: 'That was a massive win for us and I was really pleased with how we came out and attacked and kept our discipline.

Leicester Tigers wing May's first try came inside the opening two minutes as he raced onto a kick from Elliot Daly, and it was via that method that England frequently found joy.

"We're playing the greatest Welsh side ever", said England coach Jones.

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"It's very painful when they score try after try", France captain Guilhem Guirado said. His delightful grubber kick set up May for one of his tries and he went close to scoring on half-time but was brought to ground - though Slade went over from the ensuing pass by Kyle Sinckler.

A further user wrote: "Wow, hat-trick for Jonny May".

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.

England ensured the showdown with Wales in two weeks in Cardiff will be extra spicy by crushing France 44-8 at Twickenham on Sunday.

Farrell's conversion hit the post but England were 16-3 up.

Guirado was then penalized for not rolling away in a ruck and Owen Farrell kicked England 8-0 ahead in a shower.

England had all but wrapped up the match by half-time, leading 30-8 and having already claimed a bonus point after May's hat-trick and one from Henry Slade, leaving France with little to play for in a second half in which they failed to register a single point.

It did not take for long for England to break the deadlock however, Breach touching down in the 11th minute after collecting a pinpoint cross-field kick from fly-half Katy Daley-Mclean, whose conversion made her the first English woman to pass the landmark of 500 global points.

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