May 18, 2015
Sarries' quick-fire hat-tricks
Chris Ashton’s three tries in five minute against London Welsh was the quickest hat-trick ever scored in the Aviva Premiership.
The deadly finisher crossed for four tries on the day to bring his season tally to 17 in all competitions.
Ashton’s trio of tries was the quickest recorded on the English top flight, ahead of former Saracens and England man Dan Luger, who crossed for a hat-trick in seven minutes against Rotherham at Vicarage Road in September 2000.
We take a look at some other quick-fire hat-tricks recorded by Saracens players over the years.
Ryan Constable vs Bedford Blues April 2000 – 8 minutes
Crossing the whitewash for a hat-trick of tries is the stuff of dreams for most finisher’s so when Australian/Ulsterman Ryan Constable crossed for six tries in Saracens’ 57-29 win against the Blues, Constable could be forgiven for pinching himself.
Constable crossed for a hat-trick in either half, with his first triumvirate of scores coming in a devastating eight minute spell. Constable still holds the record for tries scored in a Premiership match.
Dan Luger vs Rotherham September 25 2000 – 7 minutes
Dan Luger held the Premiership record for the quickest hat-trick until Saturday afternoon, running in three scores in just seven minutes. The former England wing ran in-three tries in Saracens’ 59-5 win over Yorkshire side Rotherham.
David Strettle vs Worcester Warriors April 2013 – 12 minutes
Allianz Park’s very own ‘Hotstepper’ ran in a hat-trick in a deadly 12 minute spell, as Saracens beat the Warriors 47-17 at Allianz Park. The England wing continues to sparkle at Saracens’ north London home, having scored a remarkable 28 tries at Saracens' home ground.
Richard Wigglesworth vs London Welsh December 2014 – 14 minutes
Scoring a hat-trick off the bench as a second half substitute is pretty much unheard of, yet Richard Wigglesworth can boast such an achievement.
The England man replaced Neil de Kock midway into the second half and showing fantastic support play, managed to cross for three quick-fire scores as Saracens piled on the points and the misery on basement side London Welsh. Saracens won the game 78-7, crossing for ten tries in the Christmas rout at Allianz Park.