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Monday, August 28, 2017

Chris Ashton makes strong debut for new club Toulon

Chris Ashton wasted no time in finding his stride for new club Toulon. The former Saracens and England winger had quite the debut, scoring two tries and making a try saving tackle in his club's dismantling of Top 14 rival Pau 41-14. 

The prolific winger has been a devisive figure among fans of the game and is certainly not without his controversial moments. However, once again, Toulon appear to have pulled the right strings as he had a significant impact on the match. 

His first try came off an intercept in the 61st minute. He picked off Colin Slade and out-paced all his chasers to dot down behind the post. The next score came only a few minutes later when he skinned Frank Halai to the corner.

Ashton also showed some pace on the defensive side by tracking down scrum-half Thibault Daubagna for a fantastic try-saving tackle (see below).

For the time being at least, Ashton seems to be relishing his new oportunity to play abroad after calling a suspension on his international career.

"I was sick of leaving my international career in someone else's hands... I took it into my own hands, not to end my international career because I hope I will play again one day, but for the time being, I chose to go to play rugby abroad," he said recently.

Some would certainly argue that moments of ill-discipline and suspension could be seen as a main contributing factor that places his career solely in someone else's hands, i.e. Eddie Jones. 

For the moment though, it appears he's playing at a high level again and is starting off on the right foot.

His two tries:

The try-saving tackle:

Credit: Rugby'O'Top/canal plus

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