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Danny Paul frustrated by Leeds Carnegie's mistakes

Danny Paul
Danny Paul is Leeds' longest serving player, having come through the ranks

Leeds Carnegie number eight Danny Paul admits that basic mistakes have led to his side's poor start to the season.

Leeds head to Exeter on Saturday still in search of their first Premiership victory of the season - and only their second win in all competitions.

"We make one little mistake and we get punished," Paul told BBC Radio Leeds. "That's what happens at this level.

"Defensively, we look good, then one mistake and you're seven points down. It's very frustrating," he added.

"At times we are looking good and we getting on the front foot and attacking.

"But then we to get to their 22 and it seems a switch just goes off, we make one little mistake and then they clear the ball and we are back on our 22.

"That's the harsh reality of what we're facing. We're proving in patches we're good enough, but it's only in patches.

"It's about performing for 80 minutes plus and that's what we need to produce. We need to prove we're good enough for the whole game. It's frustrating because it's very little errors that are costing us."

I'm getting used to being back in the mix and getting my confidence back so I can get back to where I want to be

Danny Paul

Defeat at Exeter would mean Leeds' worst-ever start to a Premiership season, eclipsing even the relegation season of 2005/06.

More importantly, it would keep the Yorkshire side bottom of the table and potentially a maximum of 17 points adrift of the Premiership new boys.

"I wasn't aware of that record to be honest," said Paul, at 23, Leeds' longest-serving player. "As a rugby player, my aim is just to play.

"The next game is always our biggest game and we never think of losing.

"We just have to think positive and go out there to prove ourselves. Once we get our first win we can kick start things and move forward. Collecting three wins in our next three matches is our aim.

"We went to Exeter in our second game of the season three years ago. It's a nice ground and the fans are close to the pitch so there is a good atmosphere there.

"They bring passion to this league and we need to fight fire with fire this weekend, take it too them, quieten their crowd down and give our fans something to shout about."

For Paul, the first few months of the season have been about restoring match fitness after spending over a year on the sidelines following two shoulder operations.

The Academy product then injured his ankle in pre-season, lasting just 20 minutes into his first Premiership start against London Irish in October due to rib damage.

But he now hopes his injury jinx is a thing of the past after featuring in Leeds' last four matches.

"It's great being back now as the last year has been so tough and frustrating," he said.

"I came back against London Irish and, when I hurt my ribs, I feared the worst and thought not again.

"It just wasn't meant to be as it was my first Premiership start for probably four years.

"It was very worrying but, luckily, it wasn't as bad as first feared and I hope I'll remain injury free for the rest of the season now."

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see also
Leeds' Paul back in three weeks
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Paul delight at Carnegie return
10 Aug 10 |  Leeds
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14 Jan 10 |  Leeds
Paul agrees new deal with Leeds
18 Jun 09 |  English

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