Ashton savours Wembley triumph as Saracens prepare for Champions Cup quarter-final against Racing Metro
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Saracens wing Chris Ashton gave England a reminder of his try-scoring abilities as he crossed the line twice in Saturday’s victory over Harlequins in front of a world record crowd at Wembley.
With Chris Wyles and Billy Vunipola also touching down, Sarries won 42-14 in front of 84,068 people – a record attendance for a club rugby union match – and moved up to second place in the Premiership table.
Ashton, who has lost his place in the England side despite being one of the leading try scorers in Europe for the past two seasons, was pleased with his part in a great occasion.
“It was a fantastic day,” said Ashton. “I’ve always enjoyed playing at Wembley. Not every club has a game of this size. It just makes the game that little bit bigger, and you want to perform and that’s what happened at Wembley.
“My game revolves around the team and if the team is going well and I can add something to it, I am happy. I hope I can replicate what I have been doing on the big occasion on Sunday.”
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That next outing is Saracens’ European Champions Cup quarter-final against Racing Metro in Paris.
A star-studded French side including British Lions fly-half Jonny Sexton will be the favourites on their home turf, even though Saracens beat them 37-28 in the pool stages two seasons ago.
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“Racing have a big pack and that will make it hard work,” said Ashton. “We played them a couple of years ago and they came at us in the first 40 minutes and ran over us.
“We pulled the game back on penalties and we know what to expect – they are a big, physical French team. They come round the corner hard and they have Jonny Sexton at No10.
“We will have to step it up on Sunday in Paris,” added Ashton. “We were good against Harlequins but we got turned over a lot.
“Last season’s disappointment in the European final [losing to Toulon in Cardiff] remains. We enjoy the tournament and want to get to the final again and go one step further than last year.”
Saracens are giving support to a dementia cafe offering help and advice to Alzheimer’s patients and carers.
The successful Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Cafe has run every month at Finchley Memorial Hospital for the past two years. Its future has been secured and it will run weekly from April 22, being called The Saracens Dementia Club.