Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Back wants Leeds to be in control

Neil Back

Neil Back wants his Leeds Carnegie team to stay in control of their Aviva Premiership fate by beating top-flight newcomers Exeter on Sunday.

Leeds are currently six points adrift of 11th-placed Newcastle at the Premiership basement, and they have just five games left - Exeter and Harlequins at home, plus Newcastle, Wasps and Northampton away. Head coach Back though, retains hope that Leeds can pull off what would amount to a great escape.

He said: "We know that we need to win on Sunday to keep our fate in our own hands. We have got two more home games to go this season, and we travel to Newcastle next Saturday. If we can get the right result against the Chiefs, it will set us up brilliantly for that game."

He added: "However, we are not looking beyond Sunday's game and we know that we need to produce our best performance.

"We are producing some quality rugby on attack, having scored six tries in our last three games, and that will give us confidence going into the Exeter game."

Leeds are lifted by the return from injury of second-row forward and skipper Marco Wentzel. The former Leicester player takes over from Sean Hohneck, with Leeds otherwise unchanged after they gained a losing bonus point away to Sale seven days ago.

Exeter, meanwhile, field Fijian powerhouses Nemani Nadolo and Sireli Naqelevuki on the wings at Headingley, with Bryan Rennie selected in midfield and Junior Polu wearing the number nine shirt.

And Back added: "I have got a great deal of admiration for what they (Exeter) have achieved this season.

"We know how difficult it is to compete in the Premiership in your first season, and they have now secured their place for next season with five games to go.

"They have a gameplan that suits their squad perfectly, and while they are not the most expansive team, they are a tough side to break down and they have the talent to make the most of any opportunities they can create."

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