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Six Nations | England demolish France at Twickenham

England have hammered France 44-8 in Twickenham.

Jonny May continued his fine start to the Six Nations with a hat-trick of tries, with Owen Farrell and Henry Slade also crossing the white line for the home side.

Damian Penaud scored France's only try in the 35th minute in what was a miserable day for the visitors.

May grounded his first try in just the 66th second as England came flying out of the blocks once again.

Farrell missed his conversion, but slotted a penalty between the posts to extend England's lead in the seventh minute after a foul by Guilhem Guirado.

Morgan Parra got France on the scoreboard with a 10th minute penalty, but Farrell responded in kind within three minutes for Eddie Jones' team.

May's second try came in the 24th minute following an England lineout.

The Leicester wing danced past Penaud and over the line after being picked out by Farrell, who again missed his conversion.

The 28-year-old then completed his hat-trick just before the half hour mark, running on to Chris Ashton's sublime kick after 16 phases of attack.

Farrell converted this time, giving the Grand Slam hopefuls a 23-3 lead.

France scored their solitary try five minutes before the interval.

Yoann Huget powered past Slade, Tuilagi, and May, before setting up Penaud in the corner.

Parra failed to convert, and England scored their fourth try in the 39th minute.

Ashton was stopped short of the try line, but England eventually recycled the ball to Slade who drove over the line.

The half-time whistle sounded England led 30-8, with a bonus point already secured.

England's fifth try was a penalty try, awarded after Gael Fickou's cynical foul on Ashton.

Fickou was shown a yellow card, and Farrell made no mistake from the conversion.

The England out-half scored his country's sixth and final try, which was eventually awarded after a TMO consultation.

It was a comfortable and comprehensive victory for the hosts, and another day to forget for Les Blues, who lost to Wales at home last week.

Next up for England is a tricky trip to Wales, while France host Scotland in the third round.

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