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Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall delighted with performance of Chris Ashton in Bath win
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall described Chris Ashton's performance against Bath as "exceptional" and believes the England winger is carrying out the nitty gritty parts of the game required at international level.
Ashton has only scored one of Sarries' 13 tries so far this campaign but the former Wigan man has been impressive nonetheless.
Against Bath, Ashton provided David Strettle with one of his two tries and he also made a brilliant last-ditch tackle on George Ford in the latter stages
McCall was delighted with Ashton's display and says while the 26-year-old his own harshest critic, he should be pleased with his contribution.
"He judges himself purely on whether he scores a try or not but for me in the last two weeks he's been exceptional," McCall said.
"He's got a lot of stick in the last 12 months or so over various aspects of his game.
"One thing he is brilliant at is try-scoring and that will happen but his work on the ball, coming out on those counter-attacks today, his collisions, the way he chased kicks - all of those things were at an international level today, I thought he was brilliant. And it's great for Stretts (David Strettle) as well to score a couple.
He continued: "It's a wonderful tackle at the end but the way he did the things that aren't that sexy - those things you need to have when you play at the top level.
"He's worked really hard at that, he still judges his game on whether he scores a try and Stretts is 4-1 up after the first three games but I thought Chris was exceptional today."
McCall added: "In fairness to Stuart Lancaster and his coaching staff they told him where they think he needs to make small improvements.
"They werent big improvements but he's worked incredibly hard at that, he's hungry to get better and I think he's playing exceptionally well."
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