Leeds Rhinos: Peacock happy with team’s progress

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PACK LEADER Jamie Peacock insists Leeds Rhinos are still in good form, despite not winning either of their last two games.

Rhinos’ run of six straight defeats ended when they were beaten 29-10 by visitors Warrington Wolves a fortnight ago.

And they let a 16-point half-time lead slip last Thursday, when they drew 24-24 at Huddersfield Giants.

Rhinos’ advantage at the top of the First Utility Super League table, which was six points after they won at St Helens on April 17, is down to three, but asked if Rhinos remain in good form, Peacock insisted: “Of course we are.

“We were 22-6 up up at half-time. Huddersfield played well in the second half, we didn’t help ourselves a couple of times and there was some amusing calls.

“I’m glad we managed to get a point. We were 24-22 behind and we didn’t have any ball in the second half, but the character of the team showed and we dug in.

“I’m not sure how many sets we defended, but to be able to get down the other end after all that [to secure an equalising penalty] , I’m not sure how many other teams would be able to do that.

“We got to the point a couple of times where we could have ended up with two points instead of one.

“It was a good effort to come back. Huddersfield had all the momentum and I thought we defended really well.”

Nobody at Headingley expected to remain six points clear of the rest of the competition, but Peacock feels Rhinos are well-placed with 10 rounds remaining before the league splits.

“Getting a point kept us in a good position,” he said. “Everybody seems to be beating everybody else.

“We would have liked two points and we were in a position to get that, but it wasn’t to be and I thought it was a point won in regard to some very strange decisions.”

Rhinos meet Huddersfield again a week on Saturday in a Ladbrokes Challenge Cup sixth round tie at Headingley.

Peacock admitted he hadn’t thought about that before last week’s clash and “isn’t sure” if the league game will have any bearing on the Cup tie.

“When you play each other a couple of weeks later you always take something out of it,” he said.

“You know what you can work on, in both attack and defence and also what to exploit. I am sure both sides will take something out of it in that regard.”

Rhinos’ players had last weekend off before beginning preparations for Sunday’s trip to Widnes Vikings.

Peacock said: “We’ve got a long turnaround now and that will help us. It’s been good to get away from the actual sport for a while.

“With the intensity of the competition this year it’s good to have some free time, just to get away from it. You come back refreshed and ready to play again and I’m sure we’ll do that. We’ve got a good game next up, against Widnes, who I am sure will test us.”

Jamie Jones-Buchanan on the attack against Huddersfield.

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