Published: Sat, February 23, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Eddie Jones ready to 'see how big the gap is' against Wales

Eddie Jones ready to 'see how big the gap is' against Wales

Jonny May was the star man as England made a real Six Nations statement with their biggest win over France since 1911. And they meet next.

Eddie Jones said England would have to be at their "absolute best" to defeat the "greatest Welsh side ever" in what looms as a Six Nations title-decider later this month.

Ashton - who took Eddie Jones' advice prior to the Barbarians match previous year to return from Toulon to England and fight for a place in the national side - showed he is not just an executioner but a creator as well.

Gatland will hope to have a full selection hand available for England when Wales target breaking the record of 11 victories set between 1907 and 1910.

"We're playing the greatest Welsh side ever, so we know we're going to have to be at our best", Jones said.

There seems little doubt England will be. We let France in during the second half but that only shows what a world-class side they are.

May dotted down for his opening try in just the second minute, the first of several scores created by kicks behind the French defence.

"It's very painful when they score try after try", France captain Guilhem Guirado said.

'We've got a chance, we are at home, the stadium will be full, it will be some atmosphere at the Principality Stadium. May scored two more tries before Penaud reduced the deficit to 23-8. "He does that pretty well".

The Leicester flyer has now scored 22 tries in 42 Tests and Jones said: "Jonny May is one of the hardest working guys in our team".

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Against Ireland it took a minute and a half and against New Zealand in November they took the lead after just two minutes.

Though England skipper Owen Farrell missed the conversion, he soon had his first points of the match after converting a penalty to make it 8-0.

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With Henry Slade's try on the stroke of half-time, England had already secured a bonus point.

One of the only negatives for England was an ankle injury that forced Mako Vunipola to leave the game.

By then, Ashton had bombed a try by dropping a lob pass from Manu Tuilagi, but earned a penalty try when he was tackled off the ball from behind by counterpart Gael Fickou.

Steve Borthwick, the The Red Rose's forwards coach, is expected to voice the English concerns in the customary pre-match meeting with the officials, with England anxious that France's desire to stop their free-flowing offense will see Les Bleus resort to sly tactics, which include delaying the line-out formation and resetting scrums.

The carnage continued in the 55th minute when Farrell scored seconds after May had nearly claimed his fourth from a move that started deep in the home half, but then all urgency drained from the game and neither line was breached again.

France are in England's pool at the World Cup but Brunel insisted: "Lots of things can happen in the meantime".

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