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Petrus du Plessis: Saracens very happy with start to title defence

Saracens prop Petrus du Plessis believes Saracens’ monumental European performances over the last two weeks have underlined their title credentials once again in Aviva Premiership Rugby.

The north Londoners inflicted Toulon’s first ever European Cup defeat at the Stade Felix Mayol to write another chapter in the history books at Allianz Park a fortnight ago, before beating the Scarlets in Round 2.

Sarries have begun the defence of their Champions Cup and Aviva Premiership Rugby titles in style, and sit top of the standings in both competitions.

But while their form shows they are more than capable of claiming both trophies again, du Plessis insists they will not allow themselves to look too far ahead.

“We were pretty much in point on the day and for us to make another memory to beat Toulon there for the first time in Europe was pretty special,” he said.

“We were talking in the meetings the other day and we were looking at where we are after this block of games and we’re pretty happy with where we are.

“But we’ve always said we take it week by week, we don’t go and set a goal we want to win the double again.

“Of course it is in our aim but we take it week by week and if we concentrate on that the results will come and when we get to the business end and focus on making the play-offs, making the finals and then it’s whoever turns up on the day.

“But we will make sure we are well prepared and that is all we can do.”

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The club announced on Tuesday that winger Chris Ashton would be joining Toulon next season after five years at the club.

Ashton, who is currently serving a 13-week ban, departs as the club’s leading try-scorer and with two Aviva Premiership Rugby medals.

The winger’s decision may well have come after his exclusion from Eddie Jones’ recent England squads, but despite that Du Plessis said he leaves with the team’s best wishes.

“We believe he is good enough to play in an England shirt, he wasn’t chosen for whatever reason,” he said.

“But if someone comes along and offers a different scene at one of the best clubs in the world, and to gain that experience for him and his family we wish him all the best of luck.

“We’ll always be in contact but we’ve got a season to play first so it’s not as if he’s leaving tomorrow.”

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