Boss Brian McDermott refused to criticise Leeds Rhinos’ veteran prop Jamie Peacock after his yellow card proved crucial in last night’s 18-18 draw with Bradford Bulls.
eeds led twice, but Bulls snatched a point–- and the seventh draw in Super League this season – with a converted try in the final minute, after Peacock had been sin-binned for objecting to Bulls’ third successive penalty.
“I won’t be having any words with JP saying wind your neck in,” said McDermott.
“He cares. I don’t know what he said to the referee, but in a game as heated as that I would hope the ref hasn’t been precious.
“It would be a shame if he has be sin-binned because he swore.
If he has been out of order with the referee and he’s been very offensive it’s probably the right decision, but knowing JP I don’t think he would have been overly offensive.”
Despite the controversy, McDermott felt his side had only themselves to blame for not winning the Headingley showdown.
“We lost too much possession,” the coach said.
“If we lose so much possession there’s not much whingeing to be done.
“It’s pointless talking about other factors,” said the Leeds coach.