Danny Care - Chris Ashton proved he's a big game man in Saracens 'unbelievable' win

Last Updated: 08/05/14 10:40am

Danny Care: impressed with Saracens and their winger Chris Ashton.

Danny Care told The Rugby Club that Saracens' winger Chris Ashton has proved he can 'play in big games and score big tries', with his impressive Heineken Cup form.

Ashton, who has scored 11 tries on the European stage this season, went over the line twice in Saracens' sensational 46-6 semi-final win over Clermont last Saturday.

Harlequins and England scrum-half Care says the 27-year-old has proven his worth on the big stage after being left frustrated at not being a part of England's Six Nations squad this year.

"He's playing really well and scoring tries, which is what wingers get paid to do," said Care.

"I know how frustrated he was during the Six Nations, he always wants to play and wants to play for England as many times as he can. I think he's gone away and done exactly what he needed to do; he's proved to people that he can play in big games and score big tries.

"I think he's scored 11 tries this year in the Heineken Cup; you can't really argue with that."

"I think he's scored 11 tries this year in the Heineken Cup; you can't really argue with that."

Danny Care

Effort

Care was equally as impressed with Ashton's Saracens team-mates in last Saturday's game, as they blew away French side Clermont to reach their first ever Heineken Cup final, where they will face reigning champions Toulon.

"To be honest I thought they'd win but 46-6 is just an unbelievable result," said Care.

"I spoke to David Strettle during the week and I said 'I think you guys have got these'.

"We've played against Clermont a couple of times this year - we fell the wrong side of the result - but I just felt with Saracens defence and their ability to counter-attack from turnovers that they might do it.

"When you've got somebody like Jacques Burger making 27 tackles a game it's going to help.

"Against Saracens you can't overplay, you've got to play in the right areas because they're so good defensively they lure you into traps, turn you over and get penalties.

"You saw with people like Ashton, Alex Goode, Schalk Brits, when they get turnovers they shift it to space and score tries.

"It was an unbelievable effort from them."

Respect

Sky Sports expert Dewi Morris also had plenty of praise for the Allianz Park outfit - and reckons Saracens will have won many more admirers with that performance.

"We can't get away from the tackles, it was 165 to 57," said Morris. "Burger made 27 when the average for a back row is seven. To a man I think the top six in all the quarter-finals were the Saracens forwards.

"If the forwards are doing the tackles it enables them but then we forget they scored six tries as well!

"You don't have to love Saracens but my word you have got to respect that performance. From the 23 guys that went out there and the whole staff it was a special day for English rugby and for Saracens."