Six Nations: England thrash France 44-8 to secure win at Twickenham

Ruben Hill
February 11, 2019

Ireland are likely to keep team changes to a minimum against Italy next time out, while Wales will be a "dangerous game" for England in Cardiff, according to Bernard Jackman.

"At the moment we are having a great deal of success with our kicking and if you chase well it's hard to counter", said Jones.

Next for Jones' men is a trip to Cardiff on 23 February, with Jones apparently having forgotten the great Wales sides of the 1970s and the Grand Slam winners of 2005, 2008 and 2012 in his assessment of Warren Gatland's men. Because of the history of the two countries and the history of rugby between the two countries it's special. You're playing against a tough, physical team.

Jones' outburst appeared to be in direct reference to Gatland's previous shot at England.

Winger Jonny May scored a hat-trick in the first 30 minutes as a scintillating England ripped through a sorry France for a 44-8 victory at Twickenham on Sunday to put them top of the Six Nations table after two rounds. The Kiwi said last June: "The difference between the teams right now in terms of where we are and where they are is poles apart".

"If we make a lot of changes against Italy, we are going to miss out on that opportunity".

"England is going to be a massive crunch match", said the Berkshire-born Scarlets forward. You're not always brilliant and we weren't.

'We didn't speak about the record at all this week, but we will probably talk about it before England, ' Gatland added. If this group of players achieve that, it'll be something nobody can take away from them.

Wales face their fiercest rivals in 13 days' time on the back of equalling a winning run that has stood for 109 years.

'There will definitely be no lack of motivation in trying to beat England and break that record'.

'We've got a chance, we are at home, the stadium will be full, it will be some atmosphere at the Principality Stadium.

The victor of the match between the two teams in two weeks' time will therefore take a big step towards winning the Six Nations title, and it didn't take long for Jones to start playing mind games.

"I have never found it to be a fortress", Jones said.

"You know you're playing against a Warren Gatland side".

"We were really happy with our second-half, with our discipline, our focus and our ability to be relentless". Once you are on a run like this [11 successive wins], you don't want it to go.

After claiming an unexpected bonus point victory over Ireland last week, the extra point was in the bag by halftime as Eddie Jones's team exposed France's ragged defence again and again with a relentless deluge of kicks of every description. "We will have a message on Saturday week, but we will leave it until then".

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