Eddie Jones talks up 'greatest Welsh side ever'

Annette Crawford
February 11, 2019

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.

England wing Jonny May said it was "awesome and very special" scoring three tries at Twickenham as he did in the 44-8 mauling of France in their Six Nations clash on Sunday.

May scored England's first try after just 64 seconds, the third straight match he's scored in the first two minutes. Farrell kicked an additional 14 points.

England - who are bidding for their second Grand Slam under Jones - head to a potential title decider with Wales in Cardiff on February 23 with Warren Gatland's side also having won their opening two games. "When we get back together on Wednesday we'll start the process of how we can get better again".

"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.

"You know you're playing against a Warren Gatland side". He's been at the top of the tree in European rugby for the last 15 years, through his club and country and the [British and Irish] Lions.

"It is a hard game when you get points in front because you can get seduced by the scoreboard and you start doing things you wouldn't normally, but we kept our discipline and stuck to the game plan", added the 59-year-old Australian. We're looking forward to going down there.

France did manage to score their own try through Damian Penaud, but it wasn't enough to stop Eddie Jones' side from romping to victory.

"England put us under pressure throughout the game and we just could not deal with it", he said, having failed to stem the tide with the second-half introduction of uncapped fullback Thomas Ramos.

"I was pleased with our second half because we shut them out, although we missed some scoring opportunities but it was better". "Our focus and discipline to keep France scoreless was outstanding".

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.

"Jonny May's like when you go to the park and you see someone with a tennis ball and they throw it, the dog runs 100mph and chases it and brings it back - he does that pretty well", Jones added.

When they did muster a decent attack, talismanic 18-and-a-half-stone (120kg) centre Mathieu Bastareaud was cut down with a thunderous tackle by the impressive Courtney Lawes, much to the enjoyment of the majority of the 82,000 crowd.

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