Who said what in the Aviva Premiership – Round 4

Harlequins 17-10 Saracens

Harlequins director of rugby John Kingston said: “It must have been a wonderful game to watch, two sides going at it hammer and tongs. I’m just so pleased for the players that they got their rewards and an injection in belief and confidence which was very important for the season ahead.

Karl Dickson came on when Danny had to go off after half-time when we were massively under the pump and playing into the wind. He did a such a wonderful job. Charlie Walker didn’t get much notice that he was playing after Marland pulled out before the match. And then James Chisholm stepped in for Jack Clifford, who had that unfortunate injury.

The way they all played when there was so much disruption was really positive. You expect your big players to play, but those boys stepped in and a wonderful job.”

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall said: “Overall we have to be disappointed with our performance. It was 10-0 but nothing had really happened in the game. They then scored again quickly and your mind starts playing tricks on you, you think they’re more on top of you than they actually were.

A 17-0 lead is a big lead to take into half-time. It was an uphill battle in the second half. I don’t think they go into our 22 again for the rest of the game and we seemed to spend a lot of time down their end. But Quins played well.”

Gloucester 13-18 Newcastle

Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards said: “I am pleased. We have come so close to winning away from home in the last year and have not quite achieved it. The mistakes we were making last year, we weren’t making quite as many today. We are quite combative and will tackle our hearts out, and If we take our chances, as we did today, we should be competitive with most people.

We looked at our opening games of the season and said there is no reason why we cannot win three or four out of those. In some ways, the boys are disappointed that they did not win against Leicester but they will take the plaudits from today.”

Gloucester director of rugby David Humphreys said: “Today, we dominated territory and possession but then we dropped the ball and kicked the ball away. I’m bitterly disappointed. Ultimately, we could not find a way to win the game.

It is really frustrating because over the past two weeks, parts of our game have been very good. At key moments in the game, we lost line-outs when we could have put Newcastle under pressure. They defended and absorbed brilliantly.”

Northampton 15-20 Wasps

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young said: “I said to the players, we rode our luck today without a shadow of a doubt. We won that game today on sheer heart and togetherness. We found a way to win. I’m really pleased because we were under pressure for big parts of that game today. I thought we showed a real attitude and a fight.

It was nothing serious when Danny Cipriani went off. He went off for a head check and we just made the call pretty much. With Kyle Eastmond on the bench as well, we were probably five or 10 minutes away from making a substitution anyway.”

Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder said: “We just have to be a bit more accurate.

We had lots of chances to win that game but sometimes that’s life. You’ve got to dust yourself down and get back into it which we’ll do and we’ll come out fighting against Exeter.”

Worcester 34-34 Sale

Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond said: “Worcester are a better side than they were last year so I’m happy to come away with three points as we are missing six or seven players through injury and we are hoping that the magnificent seven will be back within the next few weeks.

At 31-17 I thought we were too far away for a comeback but we got our driving maul going in the last quarter. AJ MacGinty was magnificent today. He controlled the game for us and kicked the goals.”

Worcester head coach Carl Hogg said: “It’s very disappointing as five tries and 34 points should be enough to win you a Premiership game. We made a slow start but we got ourselves back into it and by half-time we looked a very dangerous side and were dominating.

We had two or three opportunities to put the game to bed, which we didn’t take and in the end ill discipline in giving them the ball back in the final quarter cost us the win. We had the wind in our favour in the second half but we gave away ten penalties, which allowed Sale crucial positions in our 22 and they had a strong enough pack to rumble over.”

Bristol 17-41 Exeter

Exeter head coach Rob Baxter said: “We are obviously pleased to come away, get the win and a bonus point. I was really pleased with the attitude of the players. You could feel they were ready to hit the pitch tonight with a lot of energy. We got what we needed out of the game, which was fantastic.

We managed to keep the intensity of the game just at a high enough level for it to be uncomfortable for them for long periods. The hardest thing to adapt to is the intensity, and Bristol will adapt. They will be better for today, and they will be better for next week.”

Bristol director of rugby Andy Robinson said: “The result is pretty disappointing. There was plenty of effort, but I have got to pay credit to Exeter for the way in which they went out and played the game. Their speed, their breakdown work, the way they attacked was very impressive.

We’ve got to keep learning and keep working. There were signs of improvement from us, but you also see a gulf currently between a side like Exeter that can play with real power, pace, physicality and guile against us, who are scrapping for everything. We are learning a lot about ourselves. We will get through this.”

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