Apr 07, 2017
'Let's Push On' says Chris Ashton ahead of 'special' Wembley date
Derby Day at Wembley is just 24 hours away and Chris Ashton is looking forward to continuing the team’s good form. Speaking on Friday, the winger told of their need to push-on and finish the season as strongly as possible.
He said: “It’s always nice to come off a big win like we had last week, but for us the season carries on. We want to win these games and we must carry on winning the games like this weekend to continue our play-off push.”
It will be the sixth time that Sarries have taken on Quins at Wembley and the 30-year old explained how important it is for the squad to prepare in the same way as they do for every match.
Asked about the team’s preparation, he explained: “It’s never just a normal game, but we do everything like we have done for the rest of the season. We don’t change anything.”
The famous stadium has been a happy stomping ground for the former rugby league star and he spoke of his early memories of watching rugby league Challenge Cups that are held annually at the ground.
He reminisced: “Being from a rugby league background, I spent a lot of time there when I was younger. Watching the Challenge Cup Final from as early as I can remember when I was four or five years old until 16/17 so obviously, it’s a special place for me.
“Although we won’t be paying rugby league at the weekend it’s still a very nice memory for me and my family to be able to play at such an elite stadium.”
“It’s nice and it’s different because it’s at Wembley but for us, this is our home game.”. He added, “It’s one that we normally would have played at Allianz Park but we take it to Wembley because it’s a good day for the fans and it’s a great place to play.”
Ashton also spoke of talked about the threat posed by Harlequins and warned that despite the hots’ superior league standing, the 2012 Premiership Champions would offer a good challenge on Saturday.
“Quins are in the middle of the table at the minute so we expect them to be fighting like they always are.” He said."
"It’s going to be a nice day so I’m sure they’ll want to throw the ball around a bit and move it around. We’ll be expecting that, they’ve got some good players and a good leadership group that are playing well and are fighting for that top-six place so they’ll come fighting definitely.”
Tickets for Derby Day remain on sale today and will be available on the day at the ticket office. For all the key information head to saracens.com.
By Will Freeman