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Falcons will build on victory - Tait

28 February 2011

  • Alan Tait looks to build on crucial Leeds defeat
  • Carnegie boss Neil Back retais belief his side can avoid the drop
James Fitzpatrick of Newcastle Falcons breaks through the Leeds challenge

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Newcastle boss Alan Tait feels his side are starting to show their true potential after a crucial 22-5 victory at Leeds.

The win at Headingley means the Falcons are now seven points clear of their relegation rivals, although Tait knows it is far too early for complacency.

Leeds were made to look second best for large periods of the game but he expects the Yorkshire side to respond well to the defeat.

"There's no way is it over," Tait said.

"I was really pleased in how they greeted the win because we said at the start of the week that no matter what the result today we would go away humble.

"I shouted at them at the end to do so, but I didn't really need to because they were exactly that.

"There is still a lot of work to do. But backy [Neil Back] won't let Leeds give in, and we won't either. We've now got to look to build on this result.

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Leeds' Peter Wacket evades Will Welch of Newcastle Falcons

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"I have said all along this is a good team and if we get things right we are hard to beat.

"Leeds have come up against a side that are starting to pull their straps up."

Newcastle have been in poor form of late but found their feet at the perfect time in a convincing performance against a Leeds side who squandered their majority share of the possession.

"I've always had confidence in the boys," continued Tait.

"If they perform like that I know they'll get the results. And it was a very professional job we've done on Leeds.

"We analysed Leeds all week and made sure no stone was left unturned. We were confident if we did that they wouldn't score against us, and we only let that try in late on."

Back retains the belief that Leeds can pull themselves out of the relegation mire despite picking up just a solitary win in 14 Premiership matches this season.

"It makes our task harder because there is one less game to make the difference," he admitted. "There is still a lot of rugby to be played and it's not over until it's over.

100% belief Leeds can stay in the Premiership - Back

Henry Faafili of Leeds Carnegie powers through the Newcastle challenges

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"I 100% believe we can get the points to stay in the Premiership. I believe we have the commitment from the players to do that.

"I asked the players at the end - the responsibility is now with them - do they want to make the decision together that they want to stay in the Premiership?

"They looked me straight in the eye and that's the reaction you want."

Of the game, Back added: "It's not the result we wanted or planned for.

"We made 19 handling errors, some of those forced, some unforced. That's too many mistakes to make in a Premiership game because it allowed their half-backs to control possession.

"The reasons for that is good pressure from Newcastle and also sometimes not good enough from us, and that doesn't reflect well on Leeds Carnegie."

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