Peacock’s kind words

Leeds Rhinos Jamie Peacock is tackled by St Helens Paul Clough (left) and James Roby during the Engage Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 8, 2011. See PA Story: RUGBYL Final. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/ PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Leeds Rhinos Jamie Peacock is tackled by St Helens Paul Clough (left) and James Roby during the Engage Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 8, 2011. See PA Story: RUGBYL Final. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/ PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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VETERAN Leeds forward Jamie Peacock took time out from savouring victory at Old Trafford to pay tribute to Saints’ players.

The England skipper, playing in his ninth Grand Final, was a key performer in the Rhinos pack.

And despite winning four Super League titles at the expense of St Helens, Peacock had nothing but praise for his arch rivals.

“I really do feel for them,” he said. “I respect the Saints players immensely, and I’ve a lot of compassion for them.

“They deserve better results than they’ve had. There are some good fellas there, and good players as well.”

Peacock was his usual imperious self, despite a few uncharacteristic handling errors, in the treacherous conditions.

“If ever a game encapsulated our season, I think that was it,” said Peacock, whose side came from fifth place to secure their fifth Super League title.

“We were on the ropes and eight points down with 20 minutes to go, and in a wet game, it called for a big effort.

“We knew at some point we would get our share of the ball, that’s how rugby works. Usually when you’ve not had the ball for 20 minutes, you get maybe five or 10 minutes with it.”