Sharks winger plans to up­set Sale leg­end Cueto

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - RUGBY UNION By CHRIS OSTICK

SALE’S Chris Ash­ton has a Pre­mier­ship land­mark in his sights – 100 tries.

The 32-year-old scored his 85th top-flight try in the Sharks’ im­pres­sive 48-10 win over Har­lequins at the AJ Bell Sta­dium last week.

Reach­ing a cen­tury would make him the lead­ing scorer in the his­tory of the Pre­mier­ship, over­tak­ing cur­rent leader Tom Varn­dell who played for Le­ices­ter, Wasps and Bath.

But sec­ond in the list is Sale leg­end and Eng­land World Cup win­ner Mark Cueto, who has 90.

“I would love to get 100, that would be the goal,” Ash­ton told the Rugby Union Weekly pod­cast.

“I’m more both­ered about Cuets to be hon­est, I’m five be­hind him and it’s both­er­ing him! I don’t know if I could get to the top of the stand­ings be­fore the end of the sea­son, it is a very dif­fi­cult ques­tion.

“I would re­ally like it to hap­pen, just to get it out the way but you never know what is go­ing to hap­pen.

“Just so long as they keep com­ing, I’m happy.”

As well as Sale, for­mer rugby league star Ash­ton has played for Northamp­ton and Sara­cens.

But he will have to wait to add to his tally of Pre­mier­ship ties as the Sharks re­turn to Heineken Cup ac­tion.

Steve Di­a­mond’s troops face La Rochelle in France on Fri­day, then host Glas­gow on Jan­uary 18 be­fore re­turn­ing to the Pre­mier­ship on Jan­uary 25 when they travel to Ex­eter.

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