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Leeds survival battle tough - Back

Leeds Carnegie will continue their Aviva Premiership survival fight on Sunday, with head coach Neil Back admitting: "We have still got it all to do."

Leeds' thrilling 30-29 away victory over Newcastle last weekend saw them climb off the Premiership basement, one point above the Falcons - although the north-east side picked up a point themselves on Friday to consign Leeds to bottom spot again.

Back said: "It was obviously a great performance (against Newcastle) - there was great commitment and a strong mentality shown by the squad. We were pleased to get the result, and it has given us the opportunity to keep things in our own hands. But we realise it was a small step we have taken, but hopefully looking back it will prove to be a massive stride forward."

The Yorkshire club now tackle Wasps at Adams Park, followed by a home game against Harlequins next weekend and then a season finale away to Heineken Cup semi-finalists Northampton on May 7.

The Leeds boss added: "We have still got it all to do, it's a tough job for us still to do. Our backs are against the wall. All we can do, as we have been doing over the last couple of months, is focus on ourselves, being the best we can be and maximising on our individual and therefore our collective potential."

Leeds will again be without captain Marco Wentzel, who was a last-minute withdrawal before the Newcastle game due to hamstring trouble, so England hooker Steve Thompson continues as skipper of an unchanged side.

Injury-hit Wasps, meanwhile, field young prospects like wing Jack Wallace, centre Elliot Daly and flanker Sam Jones in their final home game of a disappointing domestic campaign. The absentees include hooker Rob Webber, who underwent surgery on his arm earlier this week, flanker Serge Betsen and number eight Andy Powell.

But Leon Holden, Wasps' interim rugby director, said: "The obvious issues that we have had with injuries has given us the opportunity to introduce a number of our exciting younger players.

"These players have shown over the season they are capable at this level, and it will be another test for them. We can in no way underestimate the determination that Leeds will bring to the game, and any team playing for their Premiership survival are going to be very dangerous."

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