England were on fire at Twickenham on Saturday as they rolled through a lacklustre France side.
Jonny May’s first-half hat-trick set the tone for a dominant 44-8 home win, where Owen Farrell collected 17 points and widespread praise.
France, meanwhile, have work to do ahead of their clash with Scotland in Paris in two weeks’ time.
May’s hat-trick stuns France
Matt Dawson had some high praise…
The stats back it up…
🏉🌹🏉🌹🏉🌹— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) February 10, 2019
Jonny May is the first England player to score a hat-trick vs France since 1924…@matt9dawson says he’s a ‘world class’ winger
England 44-8 France
Full commentary of #ENGvFRA on Sports Extra 📱📻 https://t.co/7Mo9HSsO4w#bbcrugby #sixnations pic.twitter.com/yVJwY11VfS
8 – @EnglandRugby have scored a try within the opening four minutes of eight of their 14 Tests since the beginning of 2018, Jonny May crossing for four of those eight tries. Instant. pic.twitter.com/fZ9CCrvmxw— OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) February 10, 2019
3 – Jonny May is the first @EnglandRugby player to score a hat-trick against France since Jake Jacob back in 1924. Flying.— OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) February 10, 2019
Jonny May wondering why he isn’t wearing a training bib.— Paul Williams (@thepaulwilliams) February 10, 2019
4 – Jonny May has scored in four consecutive #GuinnessSixNations appearances, only Will Greenwood, Mark Cueto and Anthony Watson have scored in as many consecutive matches in the tournament for England since 2000. Finisher. pic.twitter.com/hb8AKj9CxV— OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) February 10, 2019
Owen Farrell leads from the front…
The England captain put in an almost faultless performance at HQ.
Wouldn’t you just love to play in a team with Owen Farrell … 100% all the time, drives the team on … name a better player on the planet at the moment?— Paul Morgan (@PaulMorganrugby) February 10, 2019
How good is Owen Farrell?! I 👏🔥— Gavin Dacey (@gavindacey) February 10, 2019
Owen Farrell cool as a cucumber band calming his team-mates down.— Eggchasers Podcast (@RugbyPodcast) February 10, 2019
What parralel dimension have I landed in?!?!#ENGvFRA
This three-phase stretch encapsulates England at their most threatening. Off-the-top ball to Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola carries from next phase. Third phase you have Billy Vunipola with Manu Tuilagi on his shoulder and Owen Farrell in behind. Utterly heinous to defend. pic.twitter.com/5gEYmrRHha— Charlie Morgan (@CharlieFelix) February 10, 2019
England peaking in a World Cup year 👀 The hype is real!
England demolished France by a score of 44-8 to take command of the Six Nations table. World Cup year and England are looking ruthless… Is it coming home?? 🏴🏆— Nouse Sport (@nousesport) February 10, 2019
Genuinely think, when England are in their element we are playing better than the 2016 year, Eddie Jones knows exactly what to do bring on the world cup— ebery (@marcus_ebery) February 10, 2019
#ENGvFRA Looking to lay down a marker in all Six Nations games, England,Jones,Whole Squad in a world cup year, Also remind northern/southern hemisphere England a major force in world rugby.🏉— Kevin Weaver (@kevinwskyquest) February 10, 2019
Where has this England team been for the past 18 months? All part of Eddie Jones devious plan to play shit for a year and catch the rest unawares at the World Cup? Starting to look the real deal! #ENGvFRA— Matt (@Hall1973Matthew) February 10, 2019
what a statement these two six nations have been for England in World Cup year #ENGvFRA— 🐇Megan🐰 (@MeganJuliaaa_) February 10, 2019
FT Eng 44 Fra 8— paul downing (@pd1001) February 10, 2019
England continue their magnificent form of last week. I almost feel like they didn’t even get into top gear, that there is more to come. This bodes well in a World Cup year. I can’t wait for the next match in two weeks time against Wales.#6NATIONS
England will provide a big challenge to the All Blacks in the World Cup later this year.— TeD (@tdubey) February 10, 2019
What a performance today. They absolutely decimated France 44-8.
a world cup win is truly on the cards for this England team in Japan this year and thats serious— Archie (@_archiehill) February 10, 2019
Though the non-English amongst us aren’t best pleased…
England in a World Cup year always get their shit together. 👎🏻🙄#6nations2019— Tommy Gallagher (@tommygall94) February 10, 2019
England are looking great this World Cup year 🙃— Gavin Binding (@GavinBinding) February 10, 2019
Looks like England are peaking in a World Cup year… pic.twitter.com/5NZZGXzKsY— Simon🏳️🌈 (@Simon63491704) February 10, 2019
England having a clue about rugby union, in a world cup year 🤦🏽♂️🤦🏽♂️🤦🏽♂️— Bon Vivant (@cheftakura) February 10, 2019