English winger Chris Ashton breaks Top 14 try-scoring record

Chris Ashton set a Top 14 record on Saturday when he scored his 22nd try of the season as the three-time European champions stunned leaders Montpellier 32-17.

The 31-year-old Ashton touched down in the seventh minute in Marseille after a pass from former All Black centre Ma’a Nonu, completing a move started by Facundo Isa and Semi Radradra.

For the last three weeks, Ashton, who left Saracens for France last summer, had been tied with Fijian Napolioni Nalaga, who scored 21 tries for Clermont in 2008-2009.

Toulon scored all of their four tries in the first half with Radrada, skipper Mathieu Bastareaud and Isa adding to Ashton’s opener.

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