Ashton: ‘Let’s go a step further’

Date published: April 3 2015

Saracens winger Chris Ashton wants the side to find another gear when they travel to face Racing Métro this weekend.

Qualifying for the Champions Cup knockout stages as the eighth seed means a trip to Colombes for Ashton and Saracens, who were in great touch at Wembley a week ago when they hammered Harlequins.

Last year's heartache in the final hasn't been forgotten either by Ashton and the squad, when they were beaten by Toulon.

"We will have to step it up on Sunday in Paris," Ashton told the EPCR website.

"We were good against Harlequins but we got turned over a lot. Last season's disappointment in the European final [losing to Toulon in Cardiff] remains. We enjoy the tournament and want to get to the final again and go one step further than last year.

"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 over us. We pulled the game back on penalties and we know what to expect – they are a big, physical French team. They come round the corner hard."

Ashton's good form in recent weeks hasn't gone unnoticed either, with an England return ahead of the World Cup not out of the question.

"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 on Sunday."