May 14, 2017
Ashton Happy To Break Record
Chris Ashton set the all-time European try-scoring record with his opener in the Champions Cup final on Saturday.
His try in the 12th minute set Sarries on their way to win the Champions Cup and means that he beats the record he shared with Vincent Clerc after equalling the record during the quarter final against Glasgow.
The 30-year-old will leave Saracens at the end of the season to join French club Toulon after five years of service that has seen remarkable levels of success.
Speaking after the match, Ashton praised his team-mates, as well as expressing his pleasure at obtaining the record.
He said: “I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty happy about it; I think a lot of it isn’t down to me though, it’s about the group of players that I’ve been playing with for the last five years”
Ashton has won two Premiership titles and now two Champions Cups during his time at Sarries and his final games for the club will see him try to help the club to the ‘double’ for the second year in succession.
The try that was set-up for him by Alex Goode was remarkably Sarries’ first in a European Cup final after 2014’s loss and all the points in 2016’s win coming from the right boot of Owen Farrell and Ashton explained the difference in the two games.
He explained: “It was very different to last year, today we were able to play with the ball a lot more, some of our attack was outstanding at times and there were a good few chances out there on the pitch.
“We didn’t let the frustrate us and I think we could have scored a few more tries, from where I was standing on the pitch the way we were attacking the lines and making breaks was amazing to watch.