Eddie Jones talks up 'greatest Welsh side ever'

Mathieu Bastareaud

Bastareaud has scored five tries in 50 appearances for France

England showed its demolition of Ireland was no fluke by crushing France 44-8 at Twickenham to remain unbeaten in Six Nations rugby on Sunday.

That impressive performance followed a win over reigning champions Ireland in Dublin in England's opening game of the tournament, but Jones is mindful that another stern test awaits in the Welsh capital on February 23.

Warren Gatland's side is now on an 11-Test winning streak.

"A lot of people will write us off, which is a good position to be in", Gatland said.

'We're playing the greatest Welsh side ever, ' he said after his side thrashed France.

"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.

"You question if you kept the same team and had a real convincing win in terms of finishing off those opportunities we created, maybe the other question would be why didn't you use more of the squad when you had the chance to?" They contest hard at the breakdown. We need to improve and keep the momentum going'.

Elliot Daly's grubber kick through for Jonny May's first try inside the opening two minutes proved to be a sign of things to come as England frequently exposed the space behind France's backs.

May scored England's first try after just 64 seconds, the third straight match he's scored in the first two minutes.

England led 30-8 at the interval, with four tries earning a bonus-point victory, but Jones insisted the second-half performance was even better.

And Ball, who started alongside Alun Wyn Jones in Wales' second row that day, added: "To lose a game like that was gutting from a personal point of view, and I know the boys won't want to feel like that again". Even though we didn't score as many points, our focus and our discipline to keep France scoreless was outstanding. "He does that pretty well".

Prop Mako Vunipola was replaced and required the application of ice to his left ankle, but Jones was uncertain of the severity of the injury.

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.

The RTÉ analyst was pleased to see Joey Carbery get more game-time in the heat of battle and while the Munster out-half is likely to get the nod for the trip to Rome, Jackman doesn't envisage Schmidt mimicking Wales and making wholesale changes in personnel against an Italian side on a 19-game losing streak in the competition.

"We were really under pressure from the English side, especially from their kicking game and we were not able to overcome that".

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