May magic marks memorable England victory over France

Carrie Guzman
February 13, 2019

Ashton - who took Eddie Jones' advice prior to the Barbarians match a year ago to return from Toulon to England and fight for a place in the national side - showed he is not just an executioner but a creator as well.

He has started the mind games with Warren Gatland early by saying that England are going to be facing the best Welsh team ever in Cardiff next weekend but they have just equalled their best ever winning streak and I don't mind that.

"There's a lot more in this team and we understand that and we're committed to being the very best we can be". When all around you are losing their heads the one thing a team requires is a steady hand but Guirado had a disastrous opening few minutes which unsettled the rest of the team and set the pattern of the humiliation.

Mitchell is a hothead, let's make no bones about it, but I actually think his presence has helped to calm Eddie Jones down.

With the title already well out of their reach, Les Bleus must now avoid defeat against Scotland at the Stade de France on February 23 if they do not want to play a "wooden spoon" clash in Rome against Italy in their last outing.

"Our focus and discipline to keep France scoreless was outstanding".

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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.

Jones was pleased with the result but sees room to improve and felt his team "left 15 to 20 points on the field" and despite a 30-8 interval lead claimed: 'We weren't very happy at half time'. "That's what we are hearing, we'll take it at face value", said Jones.

France scrumhalf Morgan Parra tries to hold on to the ball while under pressure from England centre Henry Slade.

"At the moment we are having a great deal of success with our kicking and if you chase well it's hard to counter". It appears that head coach Jacques Brunel is not sure what his best team looks like, or perhaps even what their best positions are.

'If this was a normal year, on reflection, maybe we wouldn't have made so many changes, but we wanted to give everyone in the 31 an opportunity to be involved in the first two games'.

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 worldwide points.

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