Leeds Carnegie on the up and can avoid the drop - Back

Head coach Neil Back reckons Leeds Carnegie will avoid the drop – after they broke their Aviva Premiership duck at the 10th attempt.

Tries by Hendre Fourie and Michael Stephenson earned Carnegie a priceless 15-13 win over Gloucester and Back, pictured left, believes 2011 can be a good year for his team.

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"At this time of the year, we aren't where we hoped we'd be and we know what we have to do," said Back.

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"We are still at the bottom of the Premiership with a mountain to climb, but on the back of three wins now – two in Europe and this one – it is a good place to be."

Back admitted everyone involved with Carnegie had taken "a good look at themselves" following the drubbing in their previous Premiership game at Harlequins, at the end of November.

"The three games we've had since, we've won," he added. "We will be doing all we can to take that confidence, belief and winning mentality into our next game at Bath.

"We believe we will stay in the Premiership and build Leeds Carnegie into a team that can compete at the right end of the table."