Leeds Rhinos: Jamie – I kept my try pledge

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LEEDS RHINOS hero Jamie Peacock revealed he was keeping a promise when he scored a try on his 500th career appearance during last night’s 42-6 win over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

Leeds Rhinos hero Jamie Peacock revealed he was keeping a promise when he scored a try on his 500th career appearance during last night’s 42-6 win over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

The former England captain’s second-half score brought the house down at Headingley Carnegie and Peacock wore a huge smile after the game.

He said: “I was at an activity camp [during the day] and I said to the kids ‘I am going to score today.’

“I thought I had better not let them down.”

Rhinos made yesterday “JP day” to mark his 500 games and he said: “I am really grateful to everyone at the club for all the effort they’ve put in and for making it feel like a special achievement.

“The players and Mac [coach Brian McDermott] have been great as well and the fans were fantastic.

“They helped make it a special occasion.”

Boss McDermott a former Bradford team-mate – was delighted to see Peacock celebrate his milestone day with a touchdown.

He said: “He has had an outstanding career – I am envious and pleased for him as well.

“It hasn’t been easy for him and he has got to where he is through sheer determination and hard work.

“He should be very proud of what he is done, but he’s grounded and I know he won’t get carried away.”

Rhinos took their points tally in successive games against Wildcats to 102, with just six against and they travel to McDermott and Peacock’s old club Bradford on Thursday.

Reflecting on last night’s game, McDermott said: “We had to work for that.

“I didn’t think Wakefield were so bad defensively last week and tonight I thought they showed a fair amount of resistance.

“There were some outstanding passages of play from us, but I thought they showed a fair amount of steel.”

The game was delayed in the first half when Ben Jones-Bishop was knocked cold in a tackle and had to be stretchered off after lengthy on-field treatment from medical staff of both clubs.

McDermott said: “He’s all right. He was knocked out, that was the concern – that he was out cold. He has gone to hospital for a check-up, but he’s good.”

Jones-Bishop himself later tweeted: “Thanks for the concern people. Just a wooly head. Did we win?”

Wildcats boss Richard Agar felt last night was a step forward in terms of attitude and application, following successive heavy defeat.

“It’s easy to judge by the scoreline, but I thought our effort was a lot better, especially in defence,” he said.

“The long and short of it is we’ve been beaten by a team that’s got a lot more talent than us. There’s still plenty to work on, but it was a step in the right direction effort-wise.

“We had a lot of strike off the field not playing and it will help us when we get those boys back.”

Wildcats lost ex-Leeds forward Ali Lauitiiti in the first half due to a medial ligament injury which is set to keep him out of action for several weeks.

Agar, whose side host Castleford Tigers on Good Friday, said: “It is not what we needed, at the moment we are not catching too much luck, but if we keep working hard we will get some.”

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