Hat-trick hero May makes history as Red Rose destroy French and move near Six Nations title decider against Wales

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MAY DAY. . . May day. . . red hot Jonny May destroyed France as they sent up a Six Nations SOS.

History maker May became the first England player to score a hat-trick against Les Bleus in 95 years.

Hat-trick hero May makes history as Red Rose destroy French and move near Six Nations title decider against WalesGetty Images – Getty11 England mob wing Johny May after his first-half treble set up an onslaught

And now all eyes are on Cardiff for what is looking like a Championship Grand Slam decider against Wales in two weeks time.

Leicester Tigers star May is now the top-scorer of the Eddie Jones era and it took him less than 30 minutes to slam home his trio of tries at Twickenham.

Henry Slade added another as England wrapped-up a bonus-point in a first-half slaughtering.

Just like Dublin, this was another ruthless, relentless and revengeful display.

Hat-trick hero May makes history as Red Rose destroy French and move near Six Nations title decider against WalesAFP or licensors11 Tempers flared early in the second period at Twickenham as France tried in vain to get back into the contest
Hat-trick hero May makes history as Red Rose destroy French and move near Six Nations title decider against WalesReuters11 Owen Farrell celebrates making it 44-8 after a try confirmed by the video ref

Dopey France woke-up for a few seconds and scored through Damian Penaud.

But the centre turned-winger was part of the worst back-three this Championship has ever seen alongside flakey full-back Yoann Huget.

The white wave of attack showed no letting up all game as Jones' boys ran in six tries.

When centre Slade broke the line with an intercept and kicked through for Chris Ashton, France coughed-up a penalty try as Gael Fickou took the Sale Sharks winger out.

Hat-trick hero May makes history as Red Rose destroy French and move near Six Nations title decider against WalesReuters11 England jail Johny May after the first of his three tries in the thrilling first half
Hat-trick hero May makes history as Red Rose destroy French and move near Six Nations title decider against WalesGetty Images – Getty11 Johny May deftly touches down the third England try on their way to the top of the Six Nations table with their second straight win

And typically, no Anglo-French battle is complete without the trademark punches and prods.

Kyle Sinckler was the man who started a mass on-field ruckus when he whacked flanker Arthur Iturria on the head at the breakdown.

England then delivered their own knock-out blow with yet another break led by Farrell and May.

The winger chased hard for his fourth, but France knocked it back and Farrell was there to score then convert to finish the day on 17 points.

Hat-trick hero May makes history as Red Rose destroy French and move near Six Nations title decider against WalesRex Features11 harry Slade touches down as England run riot in the fist half at Twickenham
Hat-trick hero May makes history as Red Rose destroy French and move near Six Nations title decider against WalesGetty – Contributor11 First-half heroes Henry Slade and Jonny May celebrate as France are overpowered
Hat-trick hero May makes history as Red Rose destroy French and move near Six Nations title decider against WalesGetty – Contributor11 Jonny May and recalled wing Chris Ashton enjoy the romp as England went 30-8 in front at the interval before a quieter second period

France are a shambles, but England embarrassed them at the same time too.

Wales won't let them do that at the Millennium Stadium, but the Dragons come into this titanic battle off the back of two nervy and edgy wins.

England will arrive in Cardiff after a famous victory against the Irish and another statement performance in London against their World Cup pool rivals.

Hat-trick hero May makes history as Red Rose destroy French and move near Six Nations title decider against WalesPA:Press Association11 Henry Slade lunges in for the fourth England try against outclassed France
Hat-trick hero May makes history as Red Rose destroy French and move near Six Nations title decider against WalesAFP or licensors11 England's flanker Tom Curry is tackled by France centre Mathieu Bastareaud
Hat-trick hero May makes history as Red Rose destroy French and move near Six Nations title decider against WalesAFP or licensors11 Johny May rejoices after his early try sets England on the path to a huge victory

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