Ashton: 'It was 60 minutes before I touched the ball'


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The euphoria of scoring England's winning try faded quickly for Chris Ashton. A short, sharp sprint took Ashton to the top of the World Cup scorers' charts but he was almost as relieved simply to get the ball in his hands as he was to score a 15th try in 19 Tests.

"I reckon it was 60 minutes in before I touched the ball," said the Northampton wing. "I was running around hitting a lot of breakdowns, which I'm not very good at. The first touch was a kick to the corner, the second was another kick and the third was a try. But I've got to get used to it because these games are only going to get worse."

The lesson may just be to feed Ashton more often. It was Toby Flood's decision to kick for touch rather than goal that led to Ashton's score.

"Maybe if we move the ball around a bit more we could have a bit more confidence and we could get a bit more go-forward," Ashton said. His full-back, Ben Foden, would agree.