Saracens fans have voted Chris Ashton’s spectacular try against Ulster in the Heineken Cup and David Strettle’s double at Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership as the highlights of the 2012/13 season.
Voting on the club Facebook page, the supporters recognised the contributions of the pedigree, proven England wings.
Strettle and Ashton scored 19 tries between them, and Ashton’s 10 scores included four on the European stage.
Strettle’s nine tries included that brace at Welford Road that sparked a fantastic comeback and victory, but he also scored the fastest ever Premiership hat-trick inside 20 minutes against Worcester Warriors at Allianz Park to cap another memorable year since joining the club.
Joe Henderson from St Albans nominated Strettle’s brace of tries away at Leicester Tigers as his most memorable moment of the season.
“I’m sure the game up at Welford Road in February will live long in the memory for many a Saracens’ fan,” said season ticket holder Henderson.
“We were well and truly up against it after Leicester bossed the first 40 minutes on what I can recall was a bitterly cold Saturday night in March. Then just a few minutes into the second half, Strettle turned the game with a scything break down the left. In that first try, he showed us fans what we have grown accustomed to since Stretts became a Saracen; great balance, evasive footwork and a lethal finish.
“It was quite the game for him, he scored another, got sin-binned as he nearly claimed an intercept in the dying moments and he was named man-of-the-match.
“He certainly is one of the most exciting wingers England has to choose from, and that finish started a fantastic comeback win for us at one of our fiercest rivals.”
Andy Clarkson opted for Ashton’s try against Ulster in the Heineken Cup quarter-final at Twickenham as his favourite moment.
Andy, from Hemel Hempstead explains; “The thing I liked the most about that moment was the sheer delight you could see across Chris’ face after scoring that try. That’s what you watch sport for, those moments where you see world class performers on the biggest stage perform to the best of their abilities. It was a vindication of sorts for Chris Ashton; he had received every kind of criticism in the build up to that game, but he scored a try that lit up the whole stadium and that’s what special players like Chris can do.
“It’s always great to see a great sportsman perform on the biggest stage and Chris proved he can deliver. He showed the world what he’s good at as a winger with that try, sniffing out a chance in the midfield and showing his power and pace to score.”
Andy added: “We’re very lucky at Saracens that we have two international class wingers at the club who can treat us fans to moments like Chris’ try at Twickenham.”