Leeds Carnegie: Momentum now with us - Fourie

Resurgent Leeds Carnegie are on a high after breaking their Arriva Premiership duck.

But England international Hendre Fourie is well aware that last weekend's 15-13 win over Gloucester will mean little if they don't back it up.

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The two tries to one success will send Carnegie into Saturday's tough encounter at Bath in good heart – and on the back of three straight victories in all competitions.

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Fourie scored Leeds' opening try against Gloucester, on his first Premiership appearance since the October 22 loss at Sale.

Carnegie twice led, only for Gloucester to claw their way back and then go in front early in the second half, before a Michael Stephenson touchdown gave the hosts a winning advantage.

Reflecting on the long-awaited triumph, Fourie said: "It was a wonderful way to start the new year, with our first win in the Premiership.

"It hasn't come a moment too soon and we are very, very happy.

"We are on a high, it is amazing what a few wins can do.

"We've won two games in the (Amlin) Challenge Cup and I think we are building on that winning mentality which we have created in those European games.

"Hopefully we can keep doing that."

The New Year's Day triumph over Gloucester was the ideal way for Leeds to bounce back from their previous league effort – a 51-18 drubbing at Harlequins – and Fourie insisted performances have been improving, despite the adverse results in the first half of the season.

"The feeling has never been negative in the camp," he said. "The positivity has just been growing and growing.

"The feeling we showed on the pitch on Saturday has been building and building. Hopefully we can keep building on that for the next game."

After nine straight defeats, the Gloucester match was a must-win encounter for Leeds, who are now only three points adrift of second-bottom Newcastle – a team they have to play twice over the remaining five months of the campaign.

"Every game is really, really important for us now," said England flanker Fourie, who was Leeds' player of the year last season.

"It was from the beginning, but we are starting to get into our game plan now, playing the way we want to play and finding our stride.

"We are doing things well now and we need to build on that."

Of the difference between Saturday and previous league matches this term, Fourie said: "I don't know, but we gelled a bit better.

"We have started to gel really well in the last few weeks. We have to keep doing that.

"The momentum is there now, with three wins on the bounce.

"I think the last time we did that was towards the end of last season and it just went on from there.

"We have got to keep building on that, but the next game is our biggest one now.

"We need to focus from that and then go on from there."

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