Still more to come - but now bring on Wales
ENGLAND against France always has a bit of edge and spice - but this latest encounter was over by the 30th minute.
By then, Jonny May had completed a hat-trick which consisted of speed, great feet and some clinical finishing.
The analysis guys in the England camp did their jobs realising that the French wingers play high on the line and having French full back Yoann Huget who played on the wing against Wales at full back, looked out of sorts.
England picked two fliers in May and Chris Ashton, coupled with a tactic of kicking early into the space behind the high defensive line, so May had a field day.
England stifled the French attack with once again a high-speed defensive line, with Courtney Lawes at his destructive best.
Suddenly Owen Farrell looks comfortable playing at 10, setting the tempo of the game, leading the side with more calm and clarity.
And after so much talk for many seasons about the England midfield, Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade look as though they have been playing together for years.
The reality is this was the second time the pair had played together for England.
The flankers, Tom Curry and Mark Wilson, once again had fantastic games.
Wilson is my type of player unselfish.
He worked his socks off and making 20-plus tackles in a game that you have won by 40-odd points is outstanding.
He enjoys his fellow players taking the plaudits whilst he just goes about his work.
His partner Curry is brave over the ball; he is a ‘right place at the right time’ player thwarting dangerous attacks from the opposition.
What they both do is put their bodies on the line; give every ounce of energy, and skill in their performances.
Hooker Jamie George has grasped the numner two shirt finally, with Dylan Hartley becoming a distant memory and his fellow front rower Kyle Sinckler has grasped the opportunity also to play regular international rugby with two commanding performances.
But he has to stop the petulant moments he has in the pressure cooker atmosphere, which is international rugby.
I believe there is more to come from this England team. Billy Vunipola will only get better with more minutes on the field after injury - and also there is Maro Itoje to come back.
I am not sure where the French go from here after this latest defeat - they do not seem to have a plan on or off the field.
Their team selection is muddled and does not have any sort of consistency and on the field of play they lack any sort of leadership or direction.
Foreign players on massive pay packets are taking the place of young French players who now do not have the opportunity to play in the Top 14 has severely undermined the ability of the international side to be a success on the world stage.
England have Wales up next in Cardiff and games like this make the Six Nations the best rugby tournament outside the World Cup.
The verbals between the two respective coaches have already started with Eddie Jones stating it is the best Welsh side ever ramping up the pressure on the men in red.
Gatland has hit back saying his side will be motivated and ready when the Englishmen roll into Cardiff.
With both still on for the grand slam the atmosphere will be unreal and it will be a true test of England’s credentials of once again being a front-runner for World Cup success.
I cannot wait.
Mark Wilson had an outstanding game, making 20-plus tackles against France
with Andy Deacon, former Gloucester prop and Cirencester director of rugby