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England international Chris Ashton picked up a hat-trick tries on his Sale Sharks debut as they beat Connacht 34-13 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.
The 31-year-old winger took the game away from the Irish outfit as he went over either side of half-time.
His first try for his new club was a typical Ashton try as he showed pace and ran in from distance. This was followed up by his second where he darted over from close-range. This was the Sharks’ second try in three minutes after Josh Beaumont crashed over.
The Sale pack couldn’t be contained as they pushed to extend a healthy lead.
The Connacht defence began to falter and this showed as Sale began to cause problems.
Ashton unleashed his trademark “Ash Splash” to complete his hat-trick and round off a comfortable victory as Sale Sharks remain top of Pool Three.
Chris Ashton bagged a hat-trick on his @SaleSharksRugby debut!
Talk about making an immediate impact 🏉🏉🏉 pic.twitter.com/CB0yKlc8Rl
— Watch the Heineken Champions Cup on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) October 21, 2018
Earlier in the match, Shane Delahunt went over for the visitors’ only try. Connacht fly-half, Conor Fitzgerald had a 100% kicking record – knocking over two penalties and a conversion
Ashton revealed his delight on Instagram after the match, expressing his joy at being back on the pitch.
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The Sharks now take a break from European action and focus their attentions to the Premiership Rugby Cup as they travel to Sixways to take on Worcester.