England 41 - 26 France Women - Match Report & Highlights

Mathieu Bastareaud

Bastareaud has scored five tries in 50 appearances for France

England were not able to add to their tally until the 49th minute when they were awarded a penalty try after Ashton was illegally tackled by Gael Fickou with the France winger even sin-binned.

They had no answer to England's relentless attacks, particularly their array of kicks that had them turning, retreating and tying themselves in knots from start to finish.

England's 36-point margin of victory was only just shy of their largest against Les Bleus - a 37-0 win in France's first match at Twickenham back in 1911.

Two rounds into the Six Nations, only two teams remain unbeaten.

French rugby paper Midi Olympique laid into its national team after their Six Nations capitulation against England at Twickenham, labelling the loss "Waterloo" on its front page. Come and referee a game yourself then you can let us all judge you then.

The wing got his first score inside the opening two minutes after Elliot Daly dazzled with the ball in hand before angling the ideal kick for May to put his hand on.

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"I'm Irish through and through but f*** me - Jonny May is on fire, fair play to England", one supporter said. It appears that head coach Jacques Brunel is not sure what his best team looks like, or perhaps even what their best positions are.

England were not done before half-time, when McKenna's superb line break set up Breach for her second as she dived over in the corner as the bonus-point was secured before the break.

And May clinched his hat-trick in the 30th minute when Parra knocked on a high ball and a clever kick from fellow wing Chris Ashton, making his first Championship start in six years, saw him sliding in again.

England ensured the showdown with Wales in two weeks in Cardiff will be extra spicy by crushing France 44-8 at Twickenham on Sunday. Farrell kicked an additional 14 points. It was a tactic that England used heavily against France as they exploited the backs' inability to deal with facing their own touchline. England bashed at the defense and Farrell passed out left to May, who stepped opposite Damian Penaud and was over.

Yet England entered the interval with a 30-8 lead as Slade scored their fourth try on the stroke of half-time, with Danny Care's grubber kick turning the French defence once more. Guirado stuck to his task and made one bullocking run in the second-half but the 32-year-old who spoke prior to the tournament of restoring pride to the French jersey may not have too many more chances of doing so with such a performance.

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