/England 44-8 France PLAYER RATINGS: Jonny May is the form wing of 2019

England 44-8 France PLAYER RATINGS: Jonny May is the form wing of 2019

England 44-8 France PLAYER RATINGS: Jonny May is the form wing after hat-trick while Owen Farrell was masterful in Six Nations mauling

  • England thrashed France 44-8 to continue 100 per cent start to Six Nations
  • Jonny May’s first-half hat-trick sent England on their way at Twickenham
  • Owen Farrell was at his best and produced laser-guided kicking

England surged back to the top of the Six Nations standings with a six-try rout of France at Twickenham on Sunday.

Jonny May scored a first-half hat-trick while Henry Slade, Owen Farrell went over and a penalty try was awarded for the hosts.

Here, Sportsmail rates Eddie Jones‘ XV…

 

Jonny May scored a first-half hat-trick as England ran in six tries to thrash France at home

Jonny May scored a first-half hat-trick as England ran in six tries to thrash France at home

Elliot Daly 8

Growing in confidence under high ball and leaving defenders in knots with graceful running.

Chris Ashton 7

Poacher turned provider with try-less performance on his first Six Nations start in six years.

Henry Slade 8.5

Interception king is starting to have a ‘Conrad Smith’ presence with unheralded play-making.

Manu Tuilagi 7.5

Didn’t lose an inch in heavyweight contest with Bastareaud and injected power in midfield.

 

May is the form winger of 2019 after scoring England's first hat-trick against France since 1924

May is the form winger of 2019 after scoring England’s first hat-trick against France since 1924

 

Owen Farrell masterfully exploited space behind the French defence with laser-guided kicking

Owen Farrell masterfully exploited space behind the French defence with laser-guided kicking

Jonny May 9

Form winger of 2019 after England’s first hat-trick against France since Jake Jacob in 1924.

Owen Farrell 9

Masterfully exploited space behind the French defence with his laser-guided kicking.

Ben Youngs 8

Achieved his primary goal of quick ball at ruck despite the irritant presence of Parra.

Mako Vunipola 8

Set the tone before injury with a rib-crunching tackle that resulted in a turnover for first try.

 

Mako Vunipola set the tone with a crunching tackle that led to the first try for the hosts

Mako Vunipola set the tone with a crunching tackle that led to the first try for the hosts

 

Courtney Lawes bust the myth that he targets half-backs by knocking Bastareaud backwards

Courtney Lawes bust the myth that he targets half-backs by knocking Bastareaud backwards

Jamie George 8

Revved up ball boy for quick service as England tried to speed up the tempo at the line out.

Kyle Sinckler 8

Chief antagoniser with sledges of ‘Let’s go golden boy’ to Bamba as he won scrum battle.

Courtney Lawes 8

Bust the myth that he targets half-backs by knocking Bastareaud backwards like a rag doll.

George Kruis 7

Kept line out ticking over but needs to offer more around field to keep place in starting XV.

 

Tom Curry put his head where it hurts at breakdown to get blood pouring from his face

Tom Curry put his head where it hurts at breakdown to get blood pouring from his face

Mark Wilson 8.5

Led the defensive effort again with high tackle count and another workhorse performance.

Tom Curry 8.5

Face pouring with blood as turnover specialist put his head where it hurts at breakdown.

Billy Vunipola 7

Quality backfield cover to help Daly with high ball but not yet back to game-breaking best.

Subs

Ben Moon for Mako, 44 – 7.5

Joe Launchbury for Kruis, 47 – 8

Jack Nowell for Ashton, 52 – 7

Dan Cole for Sinckler, 57 -7.5

Luke Cowan-Dickie for George, 62 – 7

George Ford for Tuilagi, 62 – 7

Nathan Hughes for Vunipola, 65 – 7

Dan Robson for Youngs, 70 – 7