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We must win - Back

Neil Back has told his Leeds Carnegie players that victory is "non-negotiable" in Saturday's Aviva Premiership relegation battle against Newcastle.

Back's team head to Kingston Park knowing that a win would lift them off the Premiership basement and send Newcastle bottom for the first time since March 2003.

"We are in a good place going into this game, the result of which is non-negotiable - we must win," said head coach Back.

"Winning against Exeter has definitely put a spring in the step of the squad this week.

"The spirit has been good all season, throughout the highs and lows that we have experienced, but we know it is still all to do.

"We have won three games out of 18, and we need to win two of our last four games as a minimum, which shows the size of the job still in front of us.

"After the defeat to Newcastle we always knew that the run of fixtures we had ahead of us would give us another opportunity to get off the bottom of the table.

"We had played all the teams in the top half, and we had a run of games against teams outside the play-off positions.

"When we played Newcastle at our place, we went into that game knowing that a win would take us off the bottom of the table, and perhaps that was part of our problem on the night.

"We now know that anyone who turns up on Saturday expecting that we can just get the win over Newcastle will be sorely disappointed."


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