- Jonny May scored both England’s tries as they beat Wales 12-6 at Twickenham
- He is determined to hold on to England’s No 11 shirt for the rest of the Six Nations
- May believes the Wales win reflected the unity in England’s team at the moment
Two-try hero Jonny May believes he is playing the best rugby of his career and is determined to hold on to the No 11 shirt after his efforts helped England to a cagey 12-6 win over Wales at Twickenham.
England flew out of the blocks and stunned Wales with two tries within the opening 20 minutes. May’s first came from Owen Farrell’s incredible vision, putting through a 40-metre grubber kick to allow the Leicester flyer to open his legs and latch on to it over the line.
His second, and ultimately decisive, score was handed to him on a plate courtesy of superb handling by Joe Launchbury, who showed the dexterity and awareness to offload and find May just yards out from the line.
And, with the in-form Anthony Watson on one wing and returning British and Irish Lion Jack Nowell entering the fray again, May hopes his efforts on Saturday means coach Eddie Jones keeps faith in him as England’s Six Nations title defence hurtles on.
‘I love being a part of this team and will do everything I can to stay in it,’ said May. ‘We are pretty happy but we are never content. I want to be the fastest. That’s what I work on and score tries whenever I get the chance.
‘That’s my job. I also have to work harder on my kick chase, defence and rest of my game. ‘I feel I am playing my best rugby at the moment. This environment means if you want to stay in you have to keep getting better and improving all the time.’
For all of England’s expansive displays of late, this was an ugly win. They ground out, played short from No 9 and flew up in defence.
May believes the victory – England’s 24th out of their last 25 Tests – typifies the unity of this extremely exciting crop of players.
‘We were relentless in punching holes in them and we did that all day,’ he added. ‘It was a great win. It shows the experience and the tightness of the group we have. We have a lot of players who have been through a lot together and fight for each other. Winning is a habit and we are finding ways to win.’
May conceded that Wales did not relent and, were it not for the TMO ruling out Gareth Anscombe’s effort in the corner, the result could have been very different.
It was a performance which did little to convince that England’s chances to claim a Grand Slam are a certainty, but a result which ensured they remained on course to do so.
After the fallow week, Jones’s side travel to Murrayfield to face Scotland and May is relishing the challenge.
‘We will focus on Scotland once we have enjoyed this win. I’ve played at Murrayfield a couple of times. It’s an awesome place to play and we will be looking forward to going up there.’