Ruthless England delight Twickenham as they crush France and win in style

Mathieu Bastareaud hits the weights in the gym

Mathieu Bastareaud hits the weights in the gym

The penalty try was awarded after Chris Ashton was perceived to have been tackled off the ball, meaning he was prevented from nearly certainly crossing the line to add another five points, to their 30-8 lead at the time.

Penaud and France had no answer to one of the world's best finishers.

Les Bleus conceded six tries at Twickenham, five from offensive kicks that put them under pressure.

Jonny May stole the thunder from the former rugby league star's return to the starting line-up of a Six Nations fixture for the first time in six years.

For England, the signs are positive, but they will have to go to Wales in the next round and do it all again against the only other unbeaten side in what could prove an early Six Nations decider.

France responded in the opening stages of the second half when Safi N'Diaye got their first points, but some strong forward work close to the line saw England respond and Cleall crossed for her second. "Tonight we will let ourselves celebrate a great win but there is no place for complacency".

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. It appears that head coach Jacques Brunel is not sure what his best team looks like, or perhaps even what their best positions are.

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A long Farrell pass then offered May a one-on-one with Penaud and an easy finish, and just before the half-hour May completed his hat-trick as more French incompetence was exposed by Slade's up-and-under and the recalled Chris Ashton chipped on for him to score.

Following a touchline flare-up, Farrell chased up his own kick as England scored yet another try by putting the ball behind a powerful but sluggish France.

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

Brunel has been heavily criticised for fielding a makeshift back three that included two centres on the wing and wing Yoann Huget at fullback.

It lifted the Wiltshire winger's strike rate to 12 tries in as many Tests and helped propel England to a 30-8 half-time lead at Twickenham that included the bonus point sealed by Henry Slade's touchdown.

The last 25 minutes went scoreless, with Jones saying he was pleased England didn't relax in the second half.

It did not take for long for England to break the deadlock however, Jess 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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