Saturday, 23 February, 2019

France No 9 Parra slams lack of training to handle England's kicks

Syndicate Post image Jonny May scores England’s first try of the game
Kristopher Love | 12 February, 2019, 21:29

France's decision to put two centers on the wings, and a wing at fullback, was ruthlessly exposed as three of England's four tries in the first half came from expertly weighted kicks in behind the defense, where no blue jerseys were anywhere near.

Two rounds into the Six Nations, only two teams remain unbeaten. It appears that head coach Jacques Brunel is not sure what his best team looks like, or perhaps even what their best positions are.

And another added: "No way back for France now with Jonny May in this form".

France captain Guilhem Guirado knocked on and England full-back Elliot Daly, recovering the loose ball, cut a line through the visitors defence before putting in a clever angled kick behind the cover and into the in-goal area.

A penalty try and Owen Farrell's score after the break made the final margin of victory even greater, and May was pleased that there was no dip in England's performance after the impressive win over reigning champions Ireland in Dublin last weekend.

May's hat-trick score was nearly a carbon copy of his opening try, with Chris Ashton threading the kick behind the French line on that occasion.

Farrell's conversion hit the post but England were 16-3 up. 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. "We came out and definitely played some good rugby at times".

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

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.

With his 12th try in his last 12 tests, May eclipsed New Zealand's Rieko Ioane to be test rugby's highest try-scorer since the start of 2018.

May went over twice more to claim a hat-trick before Henry Slade sealed a bonus point just before the interval, with Damian Penaud, the man England targeted time and again, scoring France's sole attempt.

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.

If ever there was an invitation to kick, that was it, and things continued the same way in the second half after the introduction of Thomas Ramos.