Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall declared "it's all systems go" for Saturday's Heineken Cup quarter-final against Ulster at Twickenham Stadium after his side consolidated their position at the top of the Aviva Premiership with a 22-13 win at London Wasps.
It was a game in which McCall was delighted to see England wing Chris Ashton rediscover his try scoring form as he grabbed a crucial second half try to finally give his side the lead.
"I thought he was absolutely brilliant - it was the Chris Ashton everybody talked about two years ago, popping up all over the place, hands on the ball, making breaks," said McCall.
"But he also defended very well, he was hungry for work, he was energetic so it was great for him. He's a sensitive soul and anyone in the world who is sensitive is going to be affected a little bit by some of the criticism he received.
"However, when he came back to Saracens he knew he was coming back to a place where we won't judge him in that way. We back him, we believe he's a great player - that's why we brought him to the club.
"We leave him be and we let him play and let him do what he does best. At our club we try to concentrate on what people are good at rather than what they are not good at - and Chris is good at quite a few things."
Ashton swooped for three tries in six Pool matches to help Saracens bag a home draw against the 1999 champions in this week's quarter-finals and will be seeking a similar result to the last time he faced the Belfast-outfit in the last eight in Europe.
On that occasion he was a Northampton Saints player and was in the side that won 23-13 at stadium:mk as the Saints marched their way into the final at the Millennium Stadium before falling at the last hurdle against Leinster.
As part of the build-up to next month's Cardiff 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals weekend, ERC has joined forces with the WRU, Cardiff Blues and adidas to develop an annual grassroots community rugby programme targeting young players.
The Ulster Rugby full back, Jared Payne (No 15), has been suspended for two (2) weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin arising from the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Saracens at Ravenhill Stadium on Saturday, 5 April.