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May magic marks memorable England victory over France

May magic marks memorable England victory over France

Jonny May crossed three times in under 30 minutes to set England on their way to an impressive 44-8 win over France in the second Guinness Six Nations match.

Henry Slade added a fourth before the break, before a penalty try and another score from captain Owen Farrell gave the hosts a bonus-point win to take them top of the table after the second round.

It was another blistering start from England, with Leicester Tigers winger May dotting down a grubber from Wasps Elliot Daly after 66 seconds at Twickenham Stadium, even quicker than his opener against the Irish.

Morgan Parra got the French on the board from the tee, before Farrell slotted two penalties of his own.

The Saracens No. 10 then put a pinpoint pass out to May who skipped past the last defender and dotted down for his second.

Unbelievably, May was in again for his treble when Slade put a high ball up and the French spilled, allowing Sale Sharks’ Chris Ashton to pick up and grubber through for May to slide over again.

The French were rocking but responded well, with Damian Penaud crossing in the corner to keep their hopes alive.

But there was still enough time for England to get one more before the break as Ashton again exploited the space in behind, leading to a looping pass out by Harlequins prop Kyle Sinckler to Slade who stepped inside and touched down.

Farrell added the extras to give England a 30-8 half-time lead at Twickenham.

May was inches away from his fourth in the second half but couldn’t quite reach a kick through from Farrell, though luckily the fly-half was also chasing and dived on the loose ball to touch down.

The fly-half converted his own score to make it 44-8 before the hour mark.

Wasps scrum-half Dan Robson saw a significant landmark as he took to the field for his first England cap, replacing Leicester Tigers No. 9 Ben Youngs for the final 10 minutes as England closed out the victory.

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