JAMIE PEACOCK felt Leeds Rhinos paid opponents Hull KR too much respect to come a Wembley cropper.
Peacock had an outstanding game at prop for Rhinos in their 50-0 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup triumph.
And he said Rhinos’ strong team performance was down to the fact they never bought into the pre-match hype about Rovers having no chance.
Peacock said: “The week beforehand our coaching staff gave us a great gameplan and as players we were really focused. People talk about underdogs winning, but underdogs only win when you dont’ give them the respect they deserve and we did respect Hull KR as a side.
“That’s why it [losing] was never going to be the case.”
Peacock added: “I just think Challenge Cups are won by being able to seize some moments. It’s a tough game, it’s incredibly draining playing in it. It’s different to a Grand Final and when opportunities come you have to try take them.
“We did that very well today. I know from playing at Wembley before that if you score first and get out in front, you know you just have to defend well. We did that and pulled away with it in the end.”
It was the perfect Wembley farewell for Peacock, who will join Hull KR as football manager at the end of the season.
“I will take all my memories,” he said. “I had a wonderful day and it was really nice to be able to enjoy the final 10 minutes or so knowing you have won, soak up the atmosphere and it’s just a real pleasure to play for such a good team.”