Round-up: Back hails Jarvis nerve after two late drop goals seal victory

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Leeds Carnegie head coach Neil Back lavished praise on Adrian Jarvis after the fly-half kicked two drop goals in the space of six minutes to give his side a last-minute 30-29 Premiership victory over relegation-rivals Newcastle.

"He's controlling things really well on the field; he's been a real pro and he did the business for us when it really mattered," said Back after seeing his side come back from 20-7 down.

Micky Young and Jeremy Manning gave Newcastle what appeared to be a commanding lead, but tries from England hooker Steve Thompson, Peter Wackett and Gareth Hardy helped turn the tide. The Leeds fightback was built around the strength of the pack and the effective boot of Jarvis, who pinned Newcastle back with his well-measured punts and then punished them when he got in sight of the posts.

The result means Newcastle now prop up the bottom of the table for the first time since March 2003, while Leeds move a point ahead in the relegation battle.

Elsewhere, Bath beat their West-country rivals Exeter 26-18 to keep their Heineken Cup hopes alive, thanks to tries from Matt Banahan, Matt Carraro and Michael Claassens. However, the victory was far from convincing; Exeter edged the first half but their lack of discipline let Bath back into the game – both Hoani Tui and former Bath flanker James Scaysbrook were sent to the sin-bin in the second half.

Exeter head coach Rob Baxter said: "What we really have to do is knuckle down and learn to have a bit of composure to finish off those chances. Our biggest fault this season is that we don't finish those chances when we should."

In the Amlin Challenge Cup, Munster beat Brive 37-42 in a thrilling away victory. A brace of tries apiece from from Doug Howlett and Keith Earls proved decisive for Munster, who booked a semi- final spot in the process.