David Strettle sharpened up for Saracens' Heineken Cup semi-final against Toulon at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday, 28 April with a record hat-trick of tries at the weekend.
The England wing scored the fastest treble in Aviva Premiership history when he touched down three times in the opening 22 minutes of Saracens' 47-17 victory over Worcester Warriors. The win clinched a home semi-final for the Premiership leaders just a week after their Heineken Cup quarter-final success over Ulster.
It was just the sort of form head coach Mark McCall will want from his players as they eye a Twickenahm return for the titanic semi-final clash with the leaders of the Top 14. Both teams will be battling for a place in theri first Heineken Cup final.
"We took our opportunities really well when they came along and it was great to see David Strettle in the sort of form he is in. The second try he scored was about as good a finish as you'll see anywhere," said McCall.
"We were very pleased to back up what was a huge weekend for us at Twickenham last week against Ulster. We made nine changes to the team so this performance says a lot about the strength in depth we have here. We will need that for some huge games that are to come."
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.