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McCall hails two-try Ashton

21st January 2013 09:58

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Chris Ashton Saracens 2013

On form: Chris Ashton

Saracens rugby director Mark McCall believes England wing Chris Ashton is back up to his best form ahead of the upcoming Six Nations Championship.

Ashton scored a brace of tries against Edinburgh in the club's 40-7 win in Watford as Saracens made it into the last eight of the Heineken Cup.

"It was great to see Ashy score a couple of tries and getting back to what he really does best," McCall said after their victory at Vicarage Road.

"The second try was fantastic and I wish I could claim credit for thinking that up; Ashy and Owen (Farrell) just saw each other and they pulled it off.

"We can appreciate just how difficult it was out there and we said after the game that the conditions were as bad as it gets with the ball like a bar of soap.

"The key was being patient and to keep our composure, but also to control the game enough through position and with that the opportunities would come and then we would put them away.

"I get questioned about why I start Charlie (Hodgson) with Owen playing well last week but they combined really well."

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