Toulon-bound wing needs just one try to go clear on 37 as Sarries take on Clermont in the final at Murrayfield
CHRIS ASHTON will bid to be crowned try king of Europe tonight before signing off from Saracens.
The Sarries wing needs to go over just once to become the Champions Cup top scorer with 37 and go clear of Frenchman Vincent Clerc.
Looking to halt Ashton, who joins Toulon this summer, will be old team-mate David Strettle and ex-England winger Nick Abendanon.
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But Ashton steps on to the Murrayfield pitch for the final against Clermont bidding to become the most prolific European marksman after crossing the whitewash five times in his last four games.
He said: “It’s definitely nice to be there. Something I have always said to myself is that in games generally I have had an impact without scoring tries, so it’s really good to be involved in these records and get close to them.
“It’s something I’ll look back on more when I finish playing.
“Having 36 in this tournament is nice but I’m only 30 and I hope there are going to be a couple more yet. If my chance comes I’ll take it.”
England exile Ashton is trying his best to not allow the occasion of his final European game with Mark McCall’s men get to him.
After the showdown with Clermont, he could have just two games left in a black shirt — as long as Saracens can beat Exeter and reach the Premiership final.
Signing off with another winner’s medal to back up last year’s win against Dan Carter’s Racing 92 would be the perfect finish to a superb time in England for the cross-code star, who started his career in league with home town club Wigan Warriors before switching to Northampton, then Saracens — and winning 53 Red Rose caps.
Ashton said: “It would be a really nice way to finish, just to back up the time that has been put in by the coaching side and being involved in an amazing playing group.
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“It would be nice to finish by winning the European Cup.
“But it doesn’t feel as though it is the last week or I have got only a few weeks left until I leave — it doesn’t feel like that at all.
“It seems pretty normal and I am not treating it like that.
“I won’t play any differently and I won’t treat this week any different.
“It’s just going to run its course — this week is the same as it was last year and anyone can win the final.”