We take a look at what the coaches said after week 10 of the Aviva Premiership which saw Sale Sharks defeat Exeter Chiefs on Friday night.
Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter: “You can look at the result and think it’s really disappointing not to push on and get the bonus point try. But actually I’m really pleased with the lads because we worked exceptionally hard to get a result which got us an important win at a place where, traditionally, we haven’t played that well or got that many positive results.
“I’m just really pleased because we worked extremely hard. Defensively we were excellent with great line speed and good discipline. We controlled field possession and territory very well. Our forwards had some key moments and got us on the front foot.”
Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond: “It was disappointing. The team isn’t playing well and there isn’t much confidence in them. We will have a change of mindset over the weekend and come back in on Monday morning.
“We are not getting our basics right – we couldn’t stop a driving maul five metres out – and maybe I’ve been a bit naive by picking too many youngsters in the team. We need to wisen up because we’ve gone from a team who have finished fifth and sixth in the past couple of years to a team who look like they could be in a relegation battle. We need to pull our finger out.”
Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder: “We overcame a psychological hurdle today. We were outstanding in the first half, but we had to absorb a lot of pressure in the second half. The defensive performance showed the desire – the players worked so hard for each other.
“It’s a psychological hurdle of winning and beating a really good side, and we will be better for that. I am really pleased with where we are. We have been in the fight every single game that we’ve played. We haven’t had a time when we have not turned up physically and mentally.”
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall: “That was a game, I think everyone will agree, we probably should have got something more out of. Maybe a draw would have been a fair result. We had one bad half of rugby in the last three games, which was today.
“We have acquitted ourselves very well during this international period, and all credit to the players for getting stuck in and showing a lot of spirit. We have got nine points from the three games, and we are in a half-decent position.”
Gloucester rugby director David Humphreys: “There is no doubt the first half was not as good as we would like and that was credit to the way Bristol played and what they brought to the game. But we knew we were better than that first-half performance and it was more about making sure what we did, we did well rather than changing anything.
“To a large part, the league table is an irrelevance at this time of the season. For us, it never frames how we approach the week. We are conscious that Bristol are a team who are striving hard to move up the table and they were desperate coming into the game. The mark of a very good team is that every week they are desperate to win and I thought today, despite a disappointing first half, we came out in the second half and showed that desperation for 26 minutes.”
Bristol Rugby’s acting head coach Mark Tainton: “A big swing was our try being disallowed and then a penalty try being awarded to them and a yellow card against us. That is a 14-point swing. We listened to the TMO in the stand and he could not see much wrong with it. He is saying that the player who had run the short line did not have an effect on the defence and the referee has had another opinion.
“But the referee makes his decisions and we have to abide by it. I thought we controlled the first half well. We contained them and played some good football and they gave away penalties. We kicked the opportunities we had. But I was disappointed with our display after half-time. Our lack of concentration and discipline hurt us.”
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