While Saracens have been dancing in the glory of recent win against Sale Sharks, the team wing Ashton (Chris) is hopeful that his squad would be able to improvise to an even better position soon.
The Northern London rugby squad ran-in 3 tries to defeat the domestic rival with a 28-15 score recently. The match was hosted by Allianz Park.
Ashton’s team is just 1 point behind ASM Clermont who are in the leading position in Pool One. Saracens had a hard match with the leaders which displayed a kind of “winner-takes-all” powerplay in the 6th round. But according to one of their best players Chris, the team is yet to deliver it’s best and he is hopeful that his squad has all the potential of further improvisation and even better performance than what was witnessed at Heineken Cup loast season- where they were the runners up.
“I feel that we missed out on few tries today. there were plenty of mistakes & I strongly believe that we have some more gears within us yet”, stated Ashton while speaking on the team’s triumph against Sale Sharks.
“We are very happy with our triumph of late but we would be able to improve a lot. Its little frustrating when you can’t achieve bonus point. What I feel is that it’s our discipline that downs us again & again & it’s certainly something that requires serious hard work.”
“The result, certainly, is very positive”, he continued. “We have won the games home & away now. Hence we can jump into Premiership with 2 great results. Getting into the matches against Sharks we lost out on two on bounce & this is something which is very rare for us. Thus, it’s definitely great to get back on the winning route.”
Rugby World Cup winning former England star Dan Luger has called for Stuart Lancaster to drop Saracens FC star Chris Ashton from the national side.
Luger mentioned that the player has used up all his chances for the national team and his continued presence in the national team is damaging the credibility of England manager Stuart Lancaster as well.
Luger scored 24 tries for England in his five years for the national team, having earned 38 caps for the country and he was part of the legendary Rugby World Cup winning side of 2003 with Jonny Wilkinson clinching the title with a last minute drop goal.
And according to Luger, England should give Ashton a rest, adding that he has been putting up below par performances for the team for quite some time.
He went on to add that he doesn’t quite understand why the Saracens FC star is still in the squad, mentioning that he had burst onto the scene a few years back but hasn’t progressed from there and that is just not acceptable.
Ashton scored 15 tries for the national team in his first 17 matches but has scored just three tries in his last 20 test matches for the country, displaying how much his form has dipped over the last few years.
Luger, who had played for Ashton’s former side as well as Harlequins FC, Perpignan as well as Toulon in a sparkling, already injury hit career stated that he has lost that X-factor, adding that he doesn’t break tackles before going on to state that he doesn’t remember the last time he saw him breaking a tackle.
And Luger also mentioned that if the Saracens FC player is the best option that the England team has at the moment, then the future looks very bleak.
Saracens are said to be confident of completing the signing of England star man Chris Ashton. Ashton is out of contract at Northampton at the end of the season and it is no secret that he is likely to leave, with Saracens appearing to be clear favourites to be his destination.
On Friday Brendan Venter, Sarries technical director publically announced for the first time that his club were interested in taking the winger next season. Since switching from Rugby League side, Wigan in 2007 Ashton has had a huge impact at Northampton and for England scoring 15 tries in 18 appearances for England and 95 in 105 for the Saints.
Venter appeared to suggest talks with the star are at an advanced stage stating that “there will most probably be an announcement in the next couple of weeks”. Whilst Saracens have been ready to spend large amounts of money to bring in big names and big game performers in recent years, Ashton’s current side have taken a different approach.