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Leeds Carnegie have no home fear - Andy Key

Andy Key
Key's Leeds have not won a home Premiership game since March 2008

Leeds Carnegie director of rugby Andy Key says his side are not afraid of playing at home after crashing out of the European Challenge Cup to Bourgoin.

Leeds have lost six of their 10 home games this season, with all three wins coming in cup competitions.

"It's easy to think we have a mental block, but that's not the case," Key told BBC Radio Leeds.

"I think that is a view from an outsider, but in the club the players are not dwelling on it at all."

Leeds have yet to win a Premiership game at Headingley this season and their latest defeat on home territory came on Sunday to the French side.

"At the moment when we play away it seems like the pressure is off us or we believe that and then we go and play," explained Key.

"And some of our better performances have come away from home rather than at Headingley, but the players are not dwelling on it.

"We are desperate sort out our home form and to get that first Premiership home win.

"The next chance of that is against Leicester on 14 February and that's where all our preparation will be going into.

"[The Bourgoin defeat] was very disappointing and our performance was just not good enough to win the game. We made too many errors.

"We wanted to reach the quarter-finals but now we haven't we need to fully focus on the Premiership.

"What we will now try to do is regroup and recapture the ability of this side and actually come back into those next Premiership games knowing we need some big wins.

"We probably need four or five good wins to seal your position in the Premiership.

"We have a setback here and it's one step back but now we look forward and focus on the league and how to put in the right performance to win those games."

Meanwhile, Leeds Carnegie's Jacob Rowan has been named England captain for the upcoming Under-20 Six Nations.

The flanker succeeds Leeds team-mate Calum Clark as skipper, who is now too old to play for the side.



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