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Jonny May hat-trick helps England to biggest win over France in 108 years

Mirror logo Mirror 10/02/2019 Martyn Thomas
a man playing a game of football: LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10:  Jonny May of England touches down for the first try during the Guinness Six Nations match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium on February 10, 2019 in London, England.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images) © Getty Images LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Jonny May of England touches down for the first try during the Guinness Six Nations match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium on February 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Jonny May scored a hat-trick in less than 30 minutes as England secured their biggest win over France in 108 years.

England's Grand Slam bid is alive and well heading into their round three Guinness Six Nations clash with Wales in Cardiff, thanks to a 44-8 win at Twickenham.

Man of the match May was the star of the show, while Henry Slade and Owen Farrell both crossed the whitewash and the hosts were awarded a second-half penalty try. Farrell ended the game with 17 points.

France were abject in south-west London, their points coming via a Damian Penaud try and Morgan Parra penalty in the first half.

England coach Eddie Jones had apparently picked Ashton for his ability to make a quick impact but when the first try came - after just 66 seconds - it was through May on the opposite wing.

Farrell missed the conversion but scored two penalties either side of a Parra three-pointer to give the hosts an eight-point lead.

a man playing a game of football: May took less than half an hour to score three tries © Getty Images May took less than half an hour to score three tries

England were putting pressure on France with their kicking game and their second try arrived in the 24th minute as Farrell found May on the left wing, who stepped inside Penaud to score.

It took the Leicester wing less than five minutes to complete his hat-trick as he raced onto a kick through from Ashton to become the first England player to score a hat-trick against France since 1924.

A wonderful break from Yoann Huget set Penaud on his way to score France's first try of the match.

a group of men playing a game of football: Farrell scored 17 points at Twickenham © Getty Images Farrell scored 17 points at Twickenham

But the hosts edged into a 22-point lead on the stroke of half-time as Slade showed good feet to score England's fourth try - wrapping up a bonus point in the process.

It was a similar story in the second half. England were awarded a fifth try less than 10 minutes after the break as Gael Fickou tackled Ashton off the ball as he looked to gather another kick in behind the French back-three.

Fickou was shown a yellow card for his trouble.

a group of football players on a field: England were dominant at Twickenham © REUTERS England were dominant at Twickenham

England had already lost Mako Vunipola to injury while Kyle Sinckler would be warned by Owens following a fracas on the touchline.

But the hosts stretched their lead still further in the 55th minute as Farrell turned try-scorer, touching down as the ball squirmed lose over the try line.

It looked as though May might have impeded Antoine Dupont as the replacement France scrum-half attempted to gather the ball but Owens and his TMO were happy to award the score.

From there the game petered out at Twickenham but Jones was able to hand Dan Robson an England debut as England secured their biggest win over France since a 37-0 victory in 1911.

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