Ashton and Maitland possibles for British Lions says boss as Saracens blitz Bath
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Wingers Chris Ashton and Sean Maitland may have forced their way into British & Irish Lions reckoning according to Mark McCall – after an eight-try romp for Saracens against Bath.
Ashton scored twice in the second half and Maitland bagged one in the first half as Saracens ran up a 53-10 victory at Allianz Park.
Jamie George and Alex Goode also crossed in the first half before Saracens eased through the gears in a totally dominant second period.
Schalk Brits, Brad Barritt and Billy Vunipola added to Ashton’s brace with a try from Anthony Watson and a penalty and conversion from George Ford, all in the first half, the only Bath scores.
Despite the narrow 17-10 lead at the break, Bath offered little resistance and were simply outplayed in the second 40 as Saracens condemned the visitors to their third successive defeat of the season.
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The win also keeps Sarries’ hopes of a home semi-final alive, leaving them one point off second-placed Exeter Chiefs with only four games to play.
Saracens director of rugby McCall said: “It was a really good performance. I thought we started well. It’s the kind of performance we’re after.
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“The bench came on and took our game to a different level. We’re going to need that next week again.
“Chris [Ashton] was really good and you could see what a clever rugby player he is. Sean Maitland on our other wing was also good and the two of them gave performances that Warren Gatland might be interested in.”