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Who said what: Champions Cup Round 1

Sat, Oct 15, 2016, Posted by   print

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Glasgow Warriors 42-13 Leicester Tigers

Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Gregor Townsend: “Parts of the performance were outstanding, the forward pack in particular: the way they scrummed, the way they carried the ball, the way they defended the lineout drive. We drove well ourselves, we got penalties and our scrummage up against a very big pack was outstanding.

“The occasion was brilliant, the supporters were great. It was a brilliant night for our wingers and for Zander (Fagerson) to go up against two very good loosehead props, he was really controlled and strong. “It was great to see the players play well but there’s a bit of work to do and it’s mainly my coaching because there were a few attack plays that didn’t work well.”

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill: “The first 15 minutes were all right and then we went downhill rapidly. We started well against a stiff breeze, controlled the game well, our tactics were good, even with Matt Toomua in the bin. Then we made silly errors and invited Glasgow into the game, they are very good on the front foot and they played very well and they punished us.

“We couldn’t cope when they had quick ball and quick recycle. I don’t like artificial pitches, that’s my personal view. That’s got nothing to do with what happened tonight. Purely to do with us.”

Ashley Johnson of Wasps scores the sixth try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Wasps and Zebre Rugby at The Ricoh Arena. Warren Little/Getty Images

Wasps 82-14 Zebre

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young: “We knew we had to get five points and that was the big target to secure those points and have no injuries. There are a lot of smiles on people’s faces as there were some great inter-play between backs and forwards as we always want to play with tempo. We were disappointed to give away two tries and we had a rallying cry at half-time and it paid dividends.

“I don’t agree with Danny (Cipriani) getting man of the match as it should have been Joe (Launchbury). He was impressive in the first 25 minutes when the game was in the balance as he secured big turnovers and made big tackles. He looks a world-class second row and we are really pleased to have him back and the big challenge for him is to remain fit. Cipriani did everything that was asked of him today as he kept it simple and direct and got the ball into space very well. He pulled the strings for us, did a great job in steering the ship and couldn’t have done anymore. He’s getting used to not being picked but every press conference seems to be about Danny (Cipriani) and I feel this is doing him no favours.”

Saracens out-half Owen Farrell celebrates Champions Cup victory over Toulon. David Rogers/Getty Images

RC Toulon 23-31 Saracens

Toulon Backs coach Mike Ford: “Our defence was poor, the three tries were down to individual errors and not staying together, they did well to exploit it but there were some schoolboy errors there. We left ourselves with a mountain to climb. I am delighted by the attitude the guys showed after the break and we were back within a score, but just a couple of key moments, a couple of key line-outs went astray when we did not execute well.

“They also took a bonus point off us. At half time we would have bitten your hand off if you had said we could get one, but with the way things turned out we are very disappointed. All we can do now is get back down to work, we have Sale next week which will be tough and they will be licking their lips, but we have superb players and they will respond.”

Saracens out-half Owen Farrell: “It was a great effort from the group, to come to a place like this and get a result is a massive scalp. But there are still things to work on, our discipline was not great in the second half and I am sure we will look at that.

“Having said that, beating a terrific team like Toulon is a great start. We forced them to make individual errors, we wanted to make sure we were in the game and pushing the same way and we did that really well and hit them well around the ruck area. It is a great start, but that is all it is, we have got the Scarlets next week and we need to back up this result.”

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Leinster 33-15 Castres

Leinster Head Coach Leo Cullen: “(Scrum coach) John (Fogarty) does a huge amount of work with those guys (try scorers) Sean Cronin and Jack McGrath). A real strong culture there for the front rowers. They give really good hit-outs every week at training, some real good ding-dong battles there during the week at training. It’s sometimes that second team pack really puts the squeeze on the starters, so it’s a good competitive environment. I think it’s adding to the levels of the performance.”

“I thought Joey (Carbery, in for the injured Jonathan Sexton) acquitted himself well. He’s come into the team this year. He obviously made his debut last season, but he’s come in in pre-season, and he’s had a really good run of games, early season in the PRO12. He’s getting better all the time, he works incredibly hard. He’s a pleasure to coach, because you can see the energy that he brings. He’s a brave player as well. I thought he went well again. Similar to what he’s done so far this season. It wasn’t a great surprise. We were just delighted that it was another positive experience for him, because he works hard and wants to get better.”

Castres scrum-half Rory Kockott: “I think it’s more of a technical problem, we have in the contact. Leinster have really brushed up, and are really shining in that area. With regards to how they face the contact now, they face the contact part of rugby, which is almost every point of it. I think in that point, we can take a little lesson home tonight and learn from it. They certainly had the upper hand, Leinster, in the first half. We didn’t. We found ourselves behind a great driving maul.”

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