Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Back: We have mountain to climb

Neil Back

Neil Back praised his players for the sacrifices they have made to ensure Leeds Carnegie got a first Aviva Premiership win of the season with a 15-13 victory over Gloucester.

Tries from Hendre Fourie and Michael Stephenson edged the determined home side to victory as Gloucester continued to struggle on their travels. Ceiron Thomas added a conversion and a penalty.

Head coach Back said: "I'm just pleased for the squad and very proud. For all sports men and women this time of year, especially those with young families, it's difficult, you cannot celebrate as everyone else does."

He added: "So it's about sacrifice, there's always going to be one winner and one loser and fortunately that's us today. At this time of year we are not where we want to be, but we are where we are and we know what we've got to do.

"We are still at the bottom with a mountain to climb, but with three wins in a row now, including the two in Europe, its a good place to be.

"The squad 's positivity and belief belies where we are in the Premiership. I'm just proud they've dug in, we set objectives four or five weeks ago, post our last Premiership game at Harlequins where we were dished up that day.

"We had a hard look at ourselves - management, players and above to see where Leeds wanted to be in the future and we knew the response lay with the players.

"The three games we've had, we've won, so we're doing all we can and we hope to take that confidence and belief and winning mentality away to Bath, which is a difficult place to go.

"I said before the game 65 points are still available, the team that finished top last year did so with 63, so you could still out-do what was achieved last year. We know what we need to do to stay up in the Premiership and that's to get more points than the team below.

"There's 100% belief we will stay in the Premiership and build Leeds Carnegie into a club fighting at the right end of the table."