With all eyes in English rugby on London this afternoon, Saracens’ star men made sure Warren Gatland will have them at the forefront of his mind this evening as they put in a commanding performance against Harlequins.
With just two more opportunities to impress the British & Irish Lions head coach before he announces his squad to Tour New Zealand on April 19, the pressure was on the Sarries and Quins players this weekend as they took to the Wembley turf for a blockbuster Aviva Premiership clash.
And the in-form Chris Ashton got the party started for hosts Saracens, scoring his sixth try at Wembley Stadium and his seventh in his last five games in all competitions.
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England boss Eddie Jones might not have seen enough from the 30-year-old flyer to include him for the Red Rose during the RBS 6 Nations, but on this kind of form Gatland will think twice for the Tour.
Maro Itoje was immense in defence in what was in large part a niggly clash, making an astonishing 20 tackles and missing none.
And Owen Farrell once again was imperious from the kicking tee and commanding with the ball in hand, running the midfield for Mark McCall’s side and having a hand in three of their four tries.
The 2013 tourist, who played in the famous Third Test triumph over Australia, was flawless with the boot and notched up four conversions and four penalties for a 20-point haul – keeping Saracens well out in front throughout the contest.