Saracens wingers aim to continue their try-scoring form at Leicester
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Wings David Strettle and Chris Ashton are looking to continue their try-scoring form when Saracens travel to Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday.
The England duo, who were overlooked by Stuart Lancaster for the autumn international squad, have scored 14 tries between them so far this season and were in fine form on Sunday when they both crossed the line twice in Saracens’ 46-22 win over Currie Cup Champions Western Province.
Ashton scored two in the first half, while Strettle crossed either side of the break against the South African champions at Allianz Park – but now the focus is on the return to league action.
“You know that any time you head to Welford Road, you are in for a tough match,” said Strettle ahead of the game. “Leicester had a tough start to the season and they probably haven’t had the results they would have liked so far, but in recent weeks they have shown why they have made the Premiership final so many times in recent years.”
Strettle’s seven tries this season have helped his team to second in the Premiership. He added: “I’m really enjoying my rugby and it’s fantastic to be scoring tries in a winning side, but I know there are always things I can improve on and as a squad we are looking to get better week on week.”
Strettle’s try-scoring partner Ashton added: “I’d like to think I am in good form and both Stretts and I have been going really well and that’s down to the way the lads have been playing. We’re really fortunate to be on the end of a good team and we need to continue that at Leicester.”
Jacques Burger has returned from international duty with Namibia and director of rugby Mark McCall will be waiting on the England team announcement later today (Thursday) to see if head coach Stuart Lancaster releases any players back to the club to feature at Leicester.
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Owen Farrell, Brad Barritt, Billy Vunipola and George Kruis were all in action for England against New Zealand, while Richard Wigglesworth and Alex Goode are in the wider training squad.
Barritt says playing against his country of birth will be meaningless when he steps out for England against South Africa.
The centre represented South Africa at under-21 level, but qualified to hold a UK passport through his Rhodesian parents.
“There is certainly an added incentive playing against your country of birth,” he said. “But for me it is all about representing England and us getting a performance we can be proud of.”