Mark McCall praised winger Chris Ashton for his superb performance in yesterday’s victory against Bath.
In a game where fellow wing man David Strettle also caught the eye with two tries, Ashton’s performance was described as “brilliant” by McCall.
“Chris judges himself purely on whether he scores a try or not, but for the last two weeks he’s been exceptional,” McCall said.
“David Strettle is 4-1 up in tries after three games, but Chris was exceptional. He’s hungry to get better.”
“He’s taken a lot of stick over the last 12 months or so for various aspects of his game but he was brilliant against Bath – one thing he’s brilliant at is scoring tries and that will happen, but his work on the ball, his collisions and his kick chase were at an international level.
On his defensive performance McCall added; “It was a wonderful tackle on George Ford near the end, but the way he did things that aren’t that sexy was important as well”.