Who said what in the Aviva Premiership

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Sale Sharks 34-30 Leicester Tigers

Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond: “We didn’t get a scrum all day so to come out of the game where you don’t get a scrum and win, you’ve got to be delighted. Statistically, we’ve got the best scrum in the competition over the last two years, we’ve not lost a ball but we gave five penalties away today.

“We’ve got Kieran Longbottom who’s come from Saracens to join us and he’s playing against a lad who’s making it, but we’re adjudged to be illegal five or six times. It’s unheard of, it was a rookie performance by the kid.

“He [referee Craig Maxwell-Keys] had a reasonable game apart from certain areas, which were crucial decisions, and that’s what we come across regularly.”

Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill: “There was poor execution, we’ve got to look after the ball. We coughed up soft tries and were, on a couple of occasions, very easy to score against.

“Away from home, when you’re in control of the game, you need to be better than that and we weren’t. It’s a concern that we keep conceding tries like that and it’s costing us games.

“We’re working on everything but players make poor decisions and you get caught, and it happened at least twice today. We got caught too easily and are making poor, fundamental errors.”

Northampton Saints 20-19 Exeter Chiefs

Northampton Saints second-row Courtney Lawes: “Harry [Mallinder] is growing as a player, he is learning from every mistake he makes — unfortunately when you are young you do make a lot of mistakes. He is growing as a character in the team and he is a brilliant player, he did fantastic today with unbelievable composure to get the win at the death.

“We were desperate for that win and I think it really showed out there – we came back twice. We really back ourselves, we know we have been playing in patches and if we can string it together for the full 80 minutes there are not many teams who can live with us. We are just looking to stop these lapses of concentration.”

Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter: “”We never really grabbed control in that final quarter. There was an opportunity to squeeze the game out, but crucially we needed to hold up a bit better in the lineout, that is where we lost possession and it started to get a little bit messy.

“We looked a little bit too edgy in that final quarter, we didn’t really look like the team going out to win the game and we were on the back foot for too long.

“There was a pretty clear block that opened up some space in their second try, but that is a bit churlish, we missed a couple tackles and sometimes when you get bumped it is because you are not focused.”

Bristol Rugby 0-39 Saracens

Bristol director of rugby Andy Robinson: “I am disappointed in the result. We started a lot better, but again, we haven’t performed for 80 minutes.

“One of the things we talked about was to build pressure on the opposition, but we turned over possession in our first two attacks, and we are not going to able to build pressure on the opposition if we do that.

“We made some courageous tackles and worked very hard, but Saracens kept their accuracy and throughout the game put us under massive pressure.

“It is something these guys have got to learn. Are we learning fast enough? We will find out next weekend when we play Newcastle.

Saracens rugby director Mark McCall: “I thought it was a really good professional performance by us. It wasn’t perfect, but I thought we dominated the game and dominated field position.

“We put them under a lot of pressure, and 10-0 didn’t feel a satisfactory lead at half-time, but I think all of that hard work paid off in the second-half and we were able to get the bonus point that we wanted.

“I was pleased with our energy, and when we had to defend we defended with real intent. The pressure eventually told, and we got what we wanted from the game, which was pleasing.”

Gloucester Rugby 6-15 Bath Rugby

Gloucester director of rugby David Humphreys: “There is always pressure here, whether you are winning or losing.

“It is certainly an unacceptable start to the season, with three losses at home. We know that is not good enough.

“We’ve let ourselves down this season. We have got to be smarter in games, and we have got to find a way to win a game like today.

“The bottom line is we are making too many simple, unforced errors, and that is not allowing us to generate pressure.

“For me, it’s really a case of we knew there would be some ups and downs with changing our playing style, but you have also got to play rugby to win games, and we haven’t done that this year.”

Bath Rugby director of rugby Todd Blackadder: “The conditions were heavy, and we knew it was going to be a real arm-wrestle. We absorbed a lot of pressure in the first half, and we knew if we played down in Gloucester’s half in the second period we were in with a good shout, and that is probably what happened.

“We toughed it out, and I am just pleased we are improving every week. We knew we had to keep persevering and keep wearing them down. It took us a long time to get into our game, and it was a bit frustrating when we didn’t take our opportunities.

“I am just proud of the squad. If you are fit at the moment, you are selected and out there and doing a job. We will only get better as time goes on.”

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