Paul Gustard, Harkequins: “We were pleased with our win over Wasps at Big Game 11 last week despite not being at our best, but we found a way to get the result through our defensive resilience and grit. We have been working hard all week on sharpening our attack, strengthening our set-piece and hardening our defence as we know Falcons are a good team, who are well coached and who, as always, will offer a stern challenge at Kingston Park."
Geordan Murphy, Leicester Tigers: “It’s good to have Greg [Bateman] and Kyle [Eastmond] back available to play this week and give us extra options in the squad. We were frustrated not to get more out of a very physical game at Bath last weekend, but we’ve been working on where we can improve and Gloucester will present a big challenge."
Pat Lam, Bristol Bears: “It’s a huge challenge and one we are relishing. We need to be relentless in our physicality and approach the game with the right mindset from minute one.”
Dai Young, Wasps: “We’ve got to do the basics really well, cut out errors and take opportunities. If you look at last weekend we had 60 per cent possession and territory but squandered chances. Coaches always talk about performances but now the result is a bit more important.
“Harlequins sit in fourth and they’ve won five games – the same amount as us. If you can win a couple of games, you can rocket up the table but equally you can shoot down the table if you lose a couple.