Leeds Rhinos: Next three games are crucial, says try hero JP

Jamie Peacock
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TWO-TRY HERO Jamie Peacock reckons things are going well for Leeds Rhinos, but the next three games could be crucial.

Rhinos made it nine wins from 10 rounds in First Utility Super League with a 28-18 victory at Salford Red Devils yesterday.

“We are four points clear and we’ve got three big games coming up: Saints, Warrington and then Huddersfield,” Peacock said. “I think the boys are setting their targets on those now and things are going well in the camp.”

Peacock played the first 72 minutes yesterday, scoring Leeds’ opening two tries for his first brace since a hat-trick away to Celtic Crusaders in 2009.

“I’m not bothered really, but it is great to get off the mark,” he said. “Normally if the ball’s kicked for me it goes dead or if I get it there’s no gap to run into.

“That wasn’t the case today, so it was pleasing to get them in a tight game – and I was desperately searching for the hat-trick, I won’t lie about that, but it was to no avail. That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to stay on. I don’t often get two tries, but I’m just pleased we won.”

Of yesterday’s effort, Peacock said: “It was a good performance. Salford have been playing well, they had a few out, we had a few out and it’s always difficult to dig in after two games over Easter. I thought we did that and did just enough to win in the end. I have played nearly 550 games and that’s the strongest wind I have ever run into.

“It was really difficult in the first half and we did tremendously well to withstand the pressure Salford put on us and when we got down the other end we scored, which is what we needed to do. We didn’t use the wind as well as we could in the second half, but it was difficult for both sides.”