Ashton hungry, Brits set for comeback

Date published: March 31 2015

Chris Ashton says their clash at Racing-Métro will be the "biggest game this year" for him as Saracens look to make the Champions Cup semi-finals.

The in-form wing, who crossed twice against Harlequins at Wembley last weekend, is one of the most prolific finishers in European competition.

Ashton currently sits on 27 tries from 40 appearances in Europe and is fast closing in on former Wales international wing Dafydd James, who has 29.

But team success is far more important than tries to the former rugby league player as he looks to help Saracens prevail against Racing on Sunday.

"It will be the biggest game this year for me personally," said finisher Ashton, speaking to, ahead of the game at Stade Yves-Du-Manoir.

"My game revolves around the team and if the team is going well and I can add something to it, I am happy.

"I hope I can replicate what I have been doing on the big occasion next Sunday, although we know we will have to step it up in Paris. We were good against Harlequins, but we got turned over a lot.

"Racing have a big pack and that will make it hard work. We played them a couple of years ago and they came at us in the first 40 minutes and ran all over us.

"We pulled the game back on penalties, but we know what to expect. They are a big, physical French team who come round the corner at you hard and they also have Johnny Sexton at number 10.

"Last season's disappointment in losing to Toulon in the final remains. We enjoy the tournament, want to get to the final again and go one step further than last year."

What should help Saracens' cause will be the expected return from long-term injury of hooker Schalk Brits, who has been out since October with a knee issue.

"Schalk Brits should be available for selection for Paris," said director of rugby Mark McCall in a significant boost to their squad.

"We'll go there quite buoyant because we've won five games in a row and we're in good spirits.

"We've watched Racing closely in the last week, especially their game at Franklin's Gardens. They were tremendous that day. They've got superb half backs and a big pack of forwards."