"I am hugely disappointed for the players today. I couldn't have asked for much more from them. Northampton are an excellent team, one of the best in Europe and with a minute to go we had it won. We were pulled back when we had an advantage to play, I felt, and to be penalised on 80 minutes in that scrum for one of the first penalties for that offence all day, was remarkable.
"I am gutted for the players and I am really proud of them. They are sitting in that changing room hugely disappointed because they don't feel that loss was justified."
"We haven't beaten them for a while and to lose it in that way is just hard to take. You do not get many chances against them and I feel for them because they had done enough to win it."
"The pack worked their socks off against an excellent group of forwards all day and everyone really stuck at it. Like I said I am really proud of them. They did everything they could."