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

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.

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. "The pressure was constant and we never managed to get out of that".

Jones has got England coming out the blocks hard and fast in recent Tests and it was no different against France as they took the lead within a minute, Jonny May scoring his first of three tries. "We, the players, try to find solutions, but it is complicated". It appears that head coach Jacques Brunel is not sure what his best team looks like, or perhaps even what their best positions are. The try was set up by a thunderous double tackle from Billy and Mako Vunipola that dislodged the ball from Guilhem Guirado's grasp.

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The Welshman judged that winger Chris Ashton was taken out off the ball, preventing him from scoring a certain try, and after a double checking with his TMO - awarded a penalty try.

Ireland paid a heavy price against England last week for playing an inexperienced fullback and France fell into the same trap.

"It's probably not higher intensity, just more consistent with it".

While the hosts' kicks were chased by hungry backs, France's were purely defensive, and Brunel's side were nearly always on the back foot. They not only started with a non-specialist, Yoann Huget, at 15 but with two converted centres Damian Penaud and Gael Fickou on the wings.

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England had all but wrapped up the match by half-time, leading 30-8 and having already claimed a bonus point after May's hat-trick and one from Henry Slade, leaving France with little to play for in a second half in which they failed to register a single point.

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.

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 worldwide points.

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