McDer­mott hails re­turn­ing duo

Halifax Courier - - Athletics -

LEEDS coach Brian McDer­mott hailed the re­turn of the “two Mes­si­ahs” af­ter Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­als Jamie Peacock and Danny McGuire helped the Rhi­nos to a crush­ing 48-6 win at Castle­ford.

Peacock, re­turn­ing to the ground where his 2010 sea­son was cru­elly ended by a se­ri­ous knee in­jury last Au­gust, set up the all-im­por­tant try for McGuire, who had made his come­back from a sim­i­lar knee re­con­struc­tion four days ear­lier.

That try on the hour fi­nally broke the Tigers’ re­sis­tance and the Rhi­nos cut loose with four more tries in the last 20 min­utes to dou­ble their score and com­plete a third win in nine days that en­ables them to draw level with their near neigh­bours in En­gage Su­per League.

“It’s like there’s two Mes­si­ahs come back to rugby league with the amount of noise that’s been made about them,” said McDer­mott.

“They are both very in­flu­en­tial peo­ple as well as world­class play­ers but I reckon it’s go­ing to be an­other three, maybe four weeks be­fore we see the true Peacock and the true McGuire.”

Peacock was de­lighted to make a con­tri­bu­tion to the Leeds’ team ef­fort.

“It’s good to be back play­ing,” he said.

“It was nice to have a good in­volve­ment in the game.

“It was some­thing I spoke to Mac in the week about. I didn’t want to come back and just make the num­bers up. That’s how I wanted to ap­proach the game.”

McDer­mott, who had the lux­ury of be­ing able to rest Danny Buderus and Ryan Bai­ley, ad­mit­ted the game was a closer con­test than the fi­nal score sug­gests.

Leeds had the en­cour­age­ment of an early try from Kal­lum Watkins but were forced into some des­per­ate de­fence through­out a tight first half and were for­tu­nate to see Castle­ford winger Richie Owen twice de­nied tries through for­ward passes.

Tigers coach Terry Mat­ter­son, whose side lost both games over Easter in dra­matic fash­ion, was crit­i­cal of ref­eree Richard Sil­ver­wood’s de­ci­sion to dis­al­low the scores but ad­mit­ted his side were well beaten in the end.

“It’s been a tough old seven days for us,” he said. “It was a game too far.

“We were won­der­ful (at St He­lens) on Mon­day and there some re­ally good patches at the start to­day. A cou­ple of tries got taken away from us. I thought they were gen­uine tries and there were a cou­ple of du­bi­ous tries for them.”

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