French media slam France after emphatic loss to England in Six Nations

Ross Houston
February 13, 2019

Wales finished second in last year's championship, three places above England, with Gatland twisting the knife by declaring the two sides were "poles apart", after Jones' side continued to slump after the tournament.

Looking to the February 23 trip to Cardiff, he said: 'We're playing the greatest Welsh side ever; we're going to have to be at our absolute best.

Despite roaring into 30-8 halftime lead, Jones said he was most pleased by England's second-half display when they did not let the intensity drop. When all around you are losing their heads the one thing a team requires is a steady hand but Guirado had a disastrous opening few minutes which unsettled the rest of the team and set the pattern of the humiliation.

But first Eddie Jones' side had to see out the second half against France.

France responded in the opening stages of the second half when Safi N'Diaye got their first points, but some strong forward work close to the line saw England respond and Cleall crossed for her second.

"Our focus and discipline to keep France scoreless was outstanding".

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By halftime, England had the bonus-point fourth try.

Following a touchline flare-up, Farrell chased up his own kick as England scored yet another try by putting the ball behind a powerful but sluggish France.

While England will pose an altogether tougher examination - they have beaten Wales five times on the bounce in Six Nations action - Navidi and company know they can make history and stay on a Grand Slam course by winning at the Principality Stadium.

"At the moment we're having a great deal of success with our kicking, but that could create opportunities in the next game somewhere else".

"He has worked incredibly hard to improve every aspect of his game", said Jones. The teams meet again in Yokohama in October.

Jacques Brunel, the France coach, made six changes to his starting XV following that match but this humiliation meant his side had now lost 10 of their last 13 Tests.

That number was more than any England player totalled in the game and his two tackle breaks and four offloads were also top of the charts.

England's kicks in behind put Huget under heavy pressure in the first half before he was removed for failing a head injury assessment at half-time, while the hosts constantly found space in behind Damian Penaud on the wing, although the 22-year-old was in fact one of their better players.

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