England thump France to emerge as women's Six Nations favourites

Mathieu Bastareaud is brought back in to add power to the France midfield

Jones had voiced his fears over France using a variety of tricks to slow the tempo of the game and placed the onus on Nigel Owens to act against any scheming, but the matter was taken out of the Welsh official's hands by England's devastating precision.

His England had stepped up from smashing Ireland to achieve their biggest win over France since a 37-0 result in 1911.

One bright spark in a bleak afternoon for France was Penaud, who burst through the gain line on multiple occasions during the first half and finished off a lovely try to bring his side some hope, even if it was quickly doused.

Les Blues were a rabble and Jones' title challengers ran amok, helping themselves to six tries to deliver another ominous statement in World Cup year a week after overrunning champions Ireland 32-20 in Dublin.

And May completed his hat-trick as he again raced onto a kick, this time delivered by Chris Ashton once Parra misjudged a high ball.

Against the team who won the grand slam a year ago, England raced into a 24-0 lead by scoring four first-half tries yesterday with a performance that Simon Middleton, the head coach, said came close to achieving his side's potential.

Of his heroics May told ITV: "I'm just doing my job, we are all working hard and putting some good performances together".

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.

Two Farrell penalties were sandwiched by Morgan Parra getting France on the board before May went in again, collecting Farrell's long pass and side-stepping Damian Penaud to finish.

"We are two (wins) from two, and we have a couple of weeks of training before England".

But before the visitors could begin to think about a fightback, Henry Slade went over the line for England.

Throw in the fact that England were making ground in an impressive 57% of their hit-ups and it is easy to see how France were forced to narrow their defence to suck up the pressure from the English forwards but that left space in behind and in the wide channels.

The score had England ahead 23-3 and supporters were jubilant inside Twickenham.

It was a remarkable turnaround in just one year for England, who were beaten 22-16 at the Stade de France last year.

But England had a bonus point try on the stroke of half-time.

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.

Warren Gatland has warned England to expect an extremely motivated Wales side as the two nation's prepare to face off in the Six Nations.

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