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May's hat-trick leads way in France drubbing

Sports | Feb 12, 2019
Jonny May ran in a first-half hat-trick of tries as England thrashed France 44-8 at Twickenham to make it two wins from two in this year's Six Nations.

Kicks behind the French defense on a wet pitch proved the visitors' undoing, with May repeatedly tormenting opposing wing Damian Penaud.

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

May opened the scoring in the second minute as England, for the fifth Test in a row, had a try in the first three minutes.

The half ended with outside center Henry Slade crossing for England's fourth try to put them in command at 30-8.

Sunday's victory followed England's 32-20 win away to reigning champions Ireland last week, and was another impressive display ahead of this year's World Cup.

For France, who will be one of England's pool opponents at Japan 2019, it was their second straight loss.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE



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