Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Josh Navidi calls on Wales to maintain momentum ahead of England clash

Josh Navidi calls on Wales to maintain momentum ahead of England clash

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.

Jonny May ran in a first-half hat-trick of tries as England thrashed France 44-8 at Twickenham yesterday to make it two wins from two this year's Six Nations.

"We're playing the greatest Welsh side ever; we're going to have to be at our absolute best".

England Women next travel to face Wales Women in a fortnight's time, while France Women host Scotland.

Farrell kicked for a whopping 589.3 metres on the day, almost double the next most by a player on either team.

England were keen to build on the brilliant opening victory over holders Ireland in Dublin and they did just that with another dominant display at Twickenham.

They have a mix of attacking left and right foot kickers with Ben Youngs, Owen Farrell, Henry Slade and Elliot Daly while Jonny May is a huge threat on the wing with his speed and deft kick and chase game.

"When you've got a bonus point after 30 minutes, you've done pretty well but I thought our second half performance was even better", he said.

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They stretched that with a penalty try after Gael Fickou dragged down Ashton as he bore down on another kick through by Slade and Farrell added the sixth, chasing his own kick after he took a quick tap and go on the halfway line.

While England were processing the loss of one of their most important players, Wales received confirmation that Taulupe Faletau, the No 8, will not play in the tournament either because his broken arm requires surgery.

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

But England had a bonus point try on the stroke of half-time.

Jones reserved particular praise for May, who took his Test tally to 22 tries in 42 appearances, with two of his scores coming as reward for chasing kicks.

"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". The teams meet again in Yokohama in October.

And, he's also learned that he needs to be less autocratic with John Mitchell appointed in September and Scott Wisemantel, who came in on a temporary basis in the summer, given the job on a more permanent basis recently too.

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.

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