Ashton scores 3 tries for Barbarians in 63-45 win v England

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LONDON (AP) — Chris Ashton scored a hat trick of tries as the Barbarians condemned England to an embarrassing fourth straight defeat by emerging 63-45 winners at Twickenham on Sunday.

Ashton carried his record-breaking club form for French giant Toulon into his first appearance against the nation for whom he won 39 caps until departing for France last year.

The 31-year-old winger hopes to revive his England career in the future and this performance — albeit in a match where defending was low down both teams' agendas — issued a reminder of his artistry as a finisher.

Barbarians' Chris Ashton scores his third and his side's fourth try during the Quilter Cup match between England and Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium, London, Sunday May 27, 2018. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)
Barbarians' Chris Ashton scores his third and his side's fourth try during the Quilter Cup match between England and Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium, London, Sunday May 27, 2018. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)

The chances largely dried up after he raced into the right corner for his third try, celebrating with a second "Ash Splash" of the afternoon.

It was hard for England coach Eddie Jones to draw any meaningful pointers from a chaotic non-cap international. A first defeat in this end-of-season fixture since 2014 serves as the prelude to next month's three-test tour of South Africa.

The English were beaten 9-6 on the try count despite fielding seven regular test team starters, all of whom were involved in the Six Nations, and were in camp for two weeks.

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