Ashton hopes to end Euro drought

Date published: April 25 2016

Saracens winger Chris Ashton is hoping after two final defeats to at last taste European glory when his side face Racing 92.

Ashton was part of the Northampton side who lost to Leinster back in 2011, before heading to Saracens and reaching the final in 2014 when they were defeated by Toulon.

The England winger therefore hopes that next month's final in Lyon will have a different outcome.

Saracens did enough to defeat Premiership rivals Wasps in last Saturday's semi-final and Ashton believes there is more to come from a talented squad who are still chasing a first European crown.

"I've been to the final twice before and lost them both so hopefully it will be third time lucky. We've definitely got the team to do it," Ashton told EPC Rugby. 

"Wasps have a good team but we had enough to beat them and we've still got more left in us.

"We've learned a lot from the losses and we saw that here. It would have been easy to fold after going 7-0 down so early and try to fix things quickly. But we were always comfortable in the situation we were in and confident that we would get ourselves back in it. So the experience of playing in these big games from precious years helped us.

"We've learned from those defeats like the final to Toulon and used that today. You store those moments in the bank to get better. You have to lose a few games like these to finally win one. I just hope we've lost enough to finally win one.

"What I've learned us that there are such fine margins in semi-finals and finals. Against Toulon there was one fluke bounce from a kick that fell for Drew Mitchell and he scores. That was the game. Northampton was a different story. It was a game of two halves."