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  • Donald, Burrow, Diskin, Webb,
    Goals: Sinfield (3),
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  • Calderwood, Leuluai,
    Goals: Richards (4),
  • Tetleys Challenge Cup
  • Quarter Final
  • 31st May 2008
  • KO 14:30
  • Att: 10,129

Peacock takes the plaudits

GB skipper leads Rhinos to the semi-finals

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Peacock takes the plaudits

McClennan: Peacock was outstanding

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Leeds coach Brian McClennan hailed the efforts of Jamie Peacock after his outstanding performance hauled the Rhinos into the Challenge Cup semi-finals.

The Great Britain captain was in magnificent form as Leeds defeated Wigan 23-16 at Headingley Carnegie in Saturday's opening quarter-final.

"He was outstanding," said McClennan. "In the last five minutes he looked like he has fought in all the wars.

"He is bleeding from his elbow to his eye but he just kept taking it up. It was just a phenomenal effort from a great rugby league player."

Early tries from Matt Diskin and Rob Burrow gave Leeds the perfect start, but Wigan hit back through Mark Calderwood just before the break.

Brent Webb restored the Rhinos' advantage before Thomas Leuluai replied for the Warriors, but Leeds had the final say when Scott Donald grabbed a fourth try five minutes from time.

Classic

"It was one of those classic old-style games," added McClennan. "The only thing that was missing was the mud.

"There were big plays by people on both teams. It was a great effort by every player who took the field today.

"There wasn't a lot in it. In the end we just managed to capitalise on our breaks."

Wigan coach Brian Noble was proud of his players' efforts and suggested the best team had lost.

"It would have been worthy of the final," he said. "On any other given day, I think we would have come away with the spoils.

"The effort was terrific from the players and sometimes the best team doesn't come away with the spoils.

"We just couldn't quite get to their half of the field enough times in the second half.

"We really tried to play. The boys had a huge dig but the bounce of the ball has gone Leeds' way today."

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