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Clever England exposed positioning of abject France - Guscott

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Six Nations 2019: England demolish France 44-8 at Twickenham - highlights
Another week and another win for England.Their display against France was not as impressive as in their opening-round success in Dublin but, given how abject the visitors were, it did not have to be.England were not required to be as creative as they were against Ireland. The France defence was more chaotic and easily manipulated than Joe Schmidt's side.
But the pre-match planning was just as clever.
England exploit Huget's shortcomings
Someone in Eddie Jones' brains trust of coaches worked out there would be space in behind the France defence and the team exploited it time and again, with three of their four tries created by a kick ahead.Despite nearly 60% of the game being played in the France half, England kicked the ball from hand more than the visitors - 49 times to 38.It helped that for the second week in succession, England came up against a non-specialist full-back. Last week, Robbie Henshaw was standing in at 15 for Ireland. This week, Yoann Huget - whose last start at full-back was back in June 2013 against the All Blacks - filled in for France.Huget's commitment to one-on-one defensive situations is not all it could be, but crucially he also failed in his role as the commander-in-chief of a pendulum defence.From that deeper role, it was his job to make sure the wings move up and down the flanks in tandem to provide cover for either touchline, depending on where England were attacking.It takes time to get used to that role and Huget, usually a winger, was exposed by England.Too often there wasn't anyone at home.
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Moments before Jonny May's third try - as Henry Slade hoists the ball into the Twickenham sky, Morgan Parra comes forward from the full-back position while Yoann Huget is practically on the wing
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Parra comes forward to compete for the ball but Huget follows the scrum-half rather than tracking back to plug the gap
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The ball spills backwards and Chris Ashton gathers it before putting in a grubber kick for May to complete his hat-trick - meanwhile Huget has followed the ball into the defensive line leaving the backfield freeIt was not necessarily a pre-planned move, but England's coaches would have raised the possibility that France would be out of position in the backfield then trusted their players' ability to read a field and work out if the theory is becoming reality on the pitch.This current England team have the personnel to exploit those situations if they arise. With Farrell, Slade and Daly all in the side there is real footballing ability in the backline. They have got the raw pace of Jonny May to lead that chase, but the physical gainline threat of Manu Tuilagi in midfield also keeps defences honest if they try and drift too wide or hang back too much.In Dublin the space was out wide and against France the space was in behind. Both times England found a way into it.At the moment, everything is going incredibly well for England. Things are falling right by and large, the ball is going to hand and their decision making has been sound. France were abject and they are a side struggling with identity. All they have is their size, but they play like they are looking forward to the next meal rather than scoring tries. Inevitably though, there will come a game where the defence gets the upper hand. There will be times when you dink it through and someone is there to collect it, or when you pass it wide there is someone there to intercept.When that happens it will be a test for England to keep confidence in their ability and adapt mid-match to find a way through.
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