Leeds Rhinos: Moore is hoping to get a shot

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Fringe forward Richard Moore has put his hand up to take on the huge challenge of filling in for Leeds Rhinos trojan Jamie Peacock.

Former England skipper Peacock is facing up to eight weeks on the sidelines due to a knee injury – with centre/back-rower Carl Ablett (hand) out for a similar length of time.

Peacock has been in some of the best form of his career, at the age of 35 and it will take a massive contribution to fill his boots in Monday’s home clash with St Helens.

Moore admits the injuries are a huge blow to Rhinos, but he is aware they could open a way back into the side – and he pledged to grab the chance if it comes along.

Boss Brian McDermott will name his initial 19 this afternoon and Moore is likely to be in contention, along with 20-year-old front-rower Brad Singleton, who could be recalled from a dual-registration stint with Hunslet Hawks.

Moore joined Rhinos on a three-year contract ahead of last season, but has made just 22 appearances, all as a substitute.

He hasn’t played for Leeds since the win over Warrington on April 7, which was only his sixth game of the year.

“It’s unfortunately for JP,” Moore said. “He is a great leader of this team and he’s going to be massive loss.

“It is not the way I’d want to get into the team. There’s a couple of options, I know Brad Singleton is waiting for his turn as well, so it’ll be interesting to see who Mac goes with this week.

“But I will definitely put my hand up. The amount of work JP gets through in a game, everyone in the team is going to have to step up.

“I think JP averages 20-odd carries a game. Those who are doing 12 carries a game are going to have to do 15 or 16.

“Everybody in the team’s going to have to step their work up. I can’t speak any more highly of JP, he puts his hand up when he’s absolutely exhausted.

“He runs his blood to water every week. If I get that opportunity it is big shoes to fill, but hopefully with me missing the last five weeks I am still fit enough and if I get a chance I might be able to get a bit more game time.”

Moore is confident he can make an impact for Leeds if he is given a run of games.

He said: “I feel the more game time I get, hopefully I will keep getting better each week. I hope that starts on Monday for me and I can get a bit of consistency going.”

Moore has played twice on dual-registration for Hunslet this term, most recently away to Swinton Lions more than a month ago, but was 19th man for Leeds’ Cup tie at Huddersfield Giants last week.

“I just want to get in,” he said. “I want to play in this team.

“Hopefully this will be my opportunity to get a couple of good runs under my belt and keep my place.”

It will be a tough recall for Moore if he does feature, against a Saints side desperate to avoid a sixth successive defeat.

“They have been struggling, but the only reason for that is a lot of injuries to key players,” Moore said.

“James Roby’s been out and he’s massive for them. I know they’ve been missing him, but it doesn’t matter who Leeds play they always want to knock Leeds off.

“It is just one of those things, whatever team I’ve played for in the past, if you don’t win a game all season apart from beating Leeds, people are happy.

“Coming here after the losses they’ve had, it’s going to be a tough game. They aren’t just going to roll over, every game is a tough one when you play for Leeds.”

that starts on Monday for me and I can get a bit of consistency going.”

Moore has played twice on dual-registration for Hunslet this term, most recently away to Swinton Lions more than a month ago, but was 19th man for Leeds’ Cup tie at Huddersfield Giants last week.

“I just want to get in,” he said. “I want to play in this team.

“Hopefully this will be my opportunity to get a couple of good runs under my belt and keep my place.”

It will be a tough recall for Moore if he does feature, against a Saints side desperate to avoid a sixth successive defeat.

“They have been struggling, but the only reason for that is a lot of injuries to key players,” Moore said.

“James Roby’s been out and he’s massive for them. I know they’ve been missing him, but it doesn’t matter who Leeds play they always want to knock Leeds off. It is just one of those things, whatever team I’ve played for in the past, if you don’t win a game all season apart from beating Leeds, people are happy.

“Coming here after the losses they’ve had, it’s going to be a tough game. They aren’t just going to roll over, every game is a tough one when you play for Leeds.”

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