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Former England scrum half Lee Dickson analyses Sunday’s win over France and picks out his standout play.
My Play of the Week is Jonny May's opening minute try but before we run through it, let's remind ourselves of the score.
It’s just becoming something of an England signature these early scores, and it was so good to see a game plan executed in minute one, and stuck to throughout – this got Eddie Jones' side off to the perfect start.
Courtney Lawes and Tom Curry (red box above) show great line speed to get up and put pressure on the French. As a result Guilhem Guirado (about to receive ball yellow) spills the pass and Ben Youngs (below) who is quickest to react, finds the onrushing Elliot Daly (below red).
Daly considers kicking straight away, but that counter-attacking instinct of his comes in to play, and he goes for it, beating Camille Lopez (below) and drawing in a further three France defenders.
Jonny May (red square below) has worked incredibly hard to get himself onside, and as Daly weaves his way into the French half he identifies space in behind, and times the release of his kick perfectly - threading it beautifully towards the French try line.
Then it’s all about May. He is so fast; it actually looked like he was racing a forward to the ball. There’s only one winner here, and to finish the way he did with just one hand shows the confidence he is currently playing with.
It was a superb finish, and perfect way to start the game; it gave the Twickenham crowd something to get behind early on, and provided a blueprint for how the rest of the Test would play out.
The kick chase is becoming a weapon for England, and when you have the likes of Owen Farrell, Henry Slade, Daly and Youngs in your back line – all of whom are class kickers – with May chasing, it becomes a real threat.
I had the privilege to play with Jonny, and what he does off the field is equally impressive as what he does on it; his stretching, his speed work, pool work and how he generally treats his body. Everyone is now seeing the benefits of how hard he works. The best winger - on current form - in the world.