McDermott hails returning duo
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.”