May 13, 2017
Ashton Unfazed By Try-Scoring Record
Chris Ashton could break the European try-scoring record in Saturday’s Champions Cup final but says he is remaining focussed on making sure the team is in the best possible shape to secure victory, rather than focusing on individual accolades.
Ashton equalled the record with a brace against Glasgow Warriors in the quarter-final of the Champions Cup to draw level with Vincent Clerc on 36 tries in the competition, but says the prospect of beating the record doesn’t bother him.
He said: “I haven’t thought about the record at all; I’m not bothered about it in the slightest and will be fully focussed on making sure that I’m in the best position to help the team win, as long as that happens I’m happy.”
Clerc was part of a Toulouse side that won the Heineken Cup three times in 2003, 2005 and 2010 but Ashton has the chance to secure back-to-back crowns with Saracens in the final at Murrayfield which kicks off at 5pm on Saturday afternoon.
The 30-year-old winger shares the record with Clerc ahead of Brian O’Driscoll on 32 tries, the legend who was part of the Leinster team who went unbeaten in 17 games in the competition between 2010 and 2012.
Saracens are also 17 games unbeaten since 2015 and that is another record that could be broken today should Ashton help his team to victory as a win would take Sarries clear of Leinster.
Ashton has backed his team to do just that and insists that things go on as normal, even in these biggest of matches.
“We’ve had a good week.”, he explained, “We always do for these kinds of matches, so preparation has all gone as well as it could have.
“You don’t really need to change things for a week like this, we try and stick to what we know because if it works, why change it?
He added: “That’s the way we are at the minute, we’re in a good place”