European Rugby Challenge Cup – Chris Ashton Shines On Sale Debut

Sale beat Connacht in the European Rugby Challenge Cup, as Chris Ashton got a hattrick on his debut.

The England winger, who missed the initial 7 weeks of the season in the wake of being prohibited for a tip tackle in pre-season, dashed in toward the finish of the principal half.

His attempt offset Shane Delahunt’s score five minutes sooner as the groups went in level at 13-13 at half-time.

Josh Beaumont expanded the lead before Ashton went over twice more to seal the reward point.

Sale had a troublesome begin as Faf de Klerk was sin-binned in the opening minutes for a knock-on, however the Sharks were just 3-0 down after Conor Fitzgerald’s penalty.

Fitzgerald kicked a 2nd penalty pursued by two from De Klerk before Delahunt went over in the corner after some great forward play before Ashton’s opener.

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Be that as it may, Sale ruled the second time frame as Beaumont and Ashton both crossed in a three-minute duration, before the winger – who was named in Eddie Jones’ England squad – anchored a reward point with 15 minutes left as Sale exploited Paul Boyle’s yellow card for handling a player without the ball.

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