Who said what in the Aviva Premiership - Round 7

Northampton's George North makes a break against Gloucester Rugby. David Rogers/Getty Images

We take a look at the reaction from around the grounds after the results of round 7 in the Aviva Premiership.

Northampton Saints 23-20 Gloucester Rugby

Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder: "It was a close game, Gloucester showed some really good line speed in defence and put us under pressure. They have gone back to basics a little bit and they kicked well, particularly from nine. We didn't control the ball, we conceded a couple of tries which were loose, but we got there in the end.

"We are not playing at the top of our game, but we have the players, we have done it before in the past. There are lots of parts to our game that we need to improve on and I am confident we can do that. Louis Picamoles has continued to impress, some of his offloading skills are sublime; the pass to Kessell was outstanding today. He is world-class."

Gloucester director of rugby David Humphreys: "I thought we deserved to win the game. Our game plan was good and our defence was incredible, but credit to Northampton they found a way to win. It is something we have talked about since the start of the season, there has been so many games like that. Ultimately we have conceded too many penalties at scrum time.

"At the time Picamoles' try felt like a double movement, but that was not the moment that decided the game, we still did enough to win the game. There were a couple of big penalty decisions that were crucial."

Saracens 24-10 Leicester Tigers

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall: "It was massively frustrating the bonus points didn't come. In the first half we showed some really good signs about how good we can be and the standards we want to achieve. We attacked really well. We made a couple of errors along the way, but they were forced by Leicester's defence.

"The half-time score of 17-3 was about right, but when we got to 24-3 we were really sloppy. We had the ball for 15 minutes but did our own thing when the job wasn't done. It's a big lesson for us because we didn't get the job done that we wanted to. We spent the last 15-20 minutes defending which is not what we wanted to do. We should have got five points and it's frustrating that we didn't."

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill: "I'm pleased we stayed in the battle and were playing for the bonus point in the end, but the first half was difficult for us and they controlled the game well. At 24-3 down we had nothing else but to throw the kitchen sink at them. We did that and stopped them getting their bonus point. We can build on that spirit and effort, but it was still disappointing."

Harlequins 36-14 Worcester Warriors

Harlequins director of rugby John Kingston: "I wasn't really bothered about Joe (Marler) as he had 10 minutes' rest for the yellow card and hasn't had a lot of rugby. I was also keen to bring Mark Lambert on for his 200th appearance, so it was a balancing act for the two props. Joe is a combative sort who sails close to the wind as he's that type of player.

"We scored very early on but we got too ambitious and impatient on the ball and defensively we weren't as intense as we can be and being just one per cent off at this level can be enough. I got some messages across at half-time and thereafter we moved skilfully through the gears and by the end we looked a really good side."

Worcester head coach Carl Hogg:

"Ben (Te'o) was outstanding today after a somewhat stuttering start to his Warriors' career. He's a class act and it is important for us as he gives a different dynamic to our back line. We put Quins under pressure in the first half and we needed to nail that attacking line-out when they were down to 14 men and then we would have put them under more pressure.

"After the restart, Quins scored two quick tries and the game was a different contest as we conceded a few soft tries out there. That 10-minute window early in the second half saw us lose control and we need to be more robust when the pressure comes on."

Wasps 31-6 Newcastle Falcons

Wasps' director of rugby Dai Young: "It was a bit of a tired and flat performance and the scoreline flattered us. We didn't show much control today and were fortunate to get a bonus-point win. However I never thought we were going to lose the game but it could have gone to the wire. Jimmy (Gopperth) is worth his weight in gold as he is totally comfortable wherever he plays and makes my job a lot easier.

"I thought the media's choice (of Joe Launchbury for man of the match) was right for a change, as Joe was outstanding as he always comes up with big moments in the game. He's coming into form at the right time and with injuries to the squad there's a real opportunity for him to get his England jersey back."

Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richard: "It was another questionable TMO decision for I spoke to Simon (Hammersley who was sin-binned after 17 minutes) at half-time and he said that he just went for the tackle and therefore it's a little bit disappointing. The scoreline doesn't reflect the effort we put in as our defence was outstanding to make it a difficult game for them. We created as many chances as they did but we didn't take them and a little bit more accuracy would have made a big difference."

Exeter 10-13 Bath

Exeter head coach Rob Baxter: "I am disappointed and frustrated, but we can start to set ourselves some new challenges in a way. I don't mean we are going to give up on having a good season, but the challenges now are a little bit more like a test of character. When you have a tight game, there are lots of things you can do.

"One of the first things most people do is start looking for some kind of excuse. But what I want the players to do is be a little bit more accurate in everything we do. If every player makes one less error each over the next three games, you probably win three tight games. That is what we are going to talk about. We got a bit of a nice roll on last season. This is a different challenge, and it just feels like we need to start pushing things on."

Bath rugby director Todd Blackadder: "We kept our structure at the end, and George's pass to Roko was the sign of a great decision. When you need your big guys to step up, they stepped up and did the job. I thought George was outstanding today. You are always going to miss the odd kick, but he kept attacking the line and looking for work. It was a master-class from him.

"We are not getting carried away. We are just enjoying the battles every week. We are not the complete side by a long way, but we showed fantastic character. It was good gutsy stuff."

Bristol Rugby 13-31 Sale Sharks

Bristol director of rugby Andy Robinson: "Our players kept going right to the final whistle but that is our worst performance. We have got to be better defensively and use the Anglo-Welsh games coming up to see if we can get a victory which will give a bit of confidence to everyone. "For 25 minutes of this match, we had a couple of opportunities that we did not take. We turned too much ball over in the contact area. "Defensively we dropped off and this is the nature of the Premiership in that you have to perform for more than 25 minutes. I feel for the supporters because we are in a slight hole." Robinson continued: "This is solvable and we are confident we can achieve that. At the end, while there will be anger and frustration, life is for living. We have to understand the position we would be in. There is a long way to go and we are here to fight and perform." And, after nine successive defeats in all competitions this season, Robinson is not deflated. "My confidence is fine."

Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond: "Mike Haley has the x-factor. He is good under the high ball and is a very illusive runner. He is ungainly looking now and again but he breaks tackles and is difficult to bring down. Eddie has brought him into the 33-man squad to have a look at him at the highest level so I am sure Mike won't let anyone down if he gets a chance."

"I don't expect bonus points in this competition. If you get them, it is a bonus. We took a couple of head knocks early doors but from this Monday, we are picking from a full-strength squad with everyone back from injury."