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Chris Ashton: 'Retaining European title with Saracens a pleasure'

Chris Ashton: 'Retaining title a pleasure'
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Chris Ashton says that becoming the top try-scorer in European competition is the "icing on the cake" after helping Saracens to a 28-17 victory over Clermont Auvergne.

Saracens winger Chris Ashton has aired his delight at playing a vital part in the club's famous 28-17 victory over Clermont Auvergne in the European Champions Cup final.

The English champions came out on top in a lively clash at Murrayfield to successfully retain their continental title.

Clermont recovered from 12-0 down and, even after Owen Farrell edged Sarries eight clear, refused to give up in a thrilling Edinburgh final.

Ashton opened the scoring when crossing over 12 minutes in, taking him to 37 in European competition overall - clear of Vincent Clerc as the all-time top scorer.

Speaking after the match, Ashton told BBC Sport: "It's pretty hard to put that into words right now. We've worked so hard for the past five or six years.

"It's such a pleasure to be with this group. It's so hard to be in these finals, so to win two is a pleasure. To become top try-scorer is just the icing on the cake."

Saracens are the fourth side to retain the European Cup, joining Leicester Tigers, Leinster and Toulon in doing so.

England's Owen Farrell kicks a penalty in the match against Australia on June 25, 2016
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