Gloucester Rugby’s attack coach Alex King was on media duty ahead of our Gallagher Premiership clash against Saracens.
On Harlequins loss
“We were obviously gutted to lose and there’s a little bit of frustration leading into this week that we didn’t take the opportunities that presented themselves. The biggest learning was that when you play the top teams, and Quins as champions are a top team, every moment counts. When they had the yellow cards, we didn’t maximise and they’re a good team and they came back into it.
“We pretty much controlled that first half and going into half time 10-10 probably wasn’t a reflection of the half but there were some good lessons learnt. It’s all about learning lessons week in week out so when new challenges come along, we can take advantages from them.”
Reflections halfway through the season
“I just want to take my hat off to the players really. They turn up everyday and it’s not easy for every team at the moment because of what’s going on in the world. They’ve knuckled down and along with the coaches they’ve bought into this team first emphasis. We’ve had some good results but there is a huge amount of growth and we can still be better.”
“Their record speaks for itself. It’s a tough place to go but we’re incredibly excited for the challenge that presents itself. We know all about them but for us it’s all about focusing on our development and our learning. We want to get better and better and Saracens away is another test of where we are halfway through the season.
“We know what they bring and we know what their strengths are. They’re a good team. We aspire to be where they are and where they’ve put their foundations in over the last 10 years. The boys have worked incredibly hard and are excited for the challenge that presents itself.”