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Peacock inspires Rhinos romp
Leeds impress as they prepare for another tilt at the play-offs
Defending Super League champions Leeds moved up to fourth in the table with a 46-12 victory over Salford.
Showing no signs of any ill-effects following their third Wembley defeat in four years, the Rhinos eased effortlessly to an eighth successive win over the Reds and their third this season.
Head coach Brian McDermott drafted in back-row forwards Chris Clarkson and Weller Hauraki in place of props Ryan Bailey and Darrell Griffin and gave a full debut to Jimmy Keinhorst at centre but it was old stager Jamie Peacock who laid the platform.
The former England skipper took up from where he left off at Wembley with a prodigious stint in the first 30 minutes, running with all his old power and producing devastating offloads to create two of his side's three first-half tries.
Salford actually came up with the first scoring opportunity, with winger Jodie Broughton breaking clear down the flank only to see his final pass intercepted by his opposite number Ben Jones-Bishop, who rubbed salt in the wound by opening the scoring at the other end.
He took a low pass from Watkins to slide over at the corner while co-winger Ryan Hall finished off a trademark scoot from dynamic scrum-half Rob Burrow shortly afterwards to register his 25th Super League try of the season.
Leeds' only other try of the first half was scored by Sinfield, following Peacock's clever offload to Carl Ablett, but they quickly wrapped up the match with three further scores within eight minutes of the restart.
Salford hardly knew what had hit them as Burrow jinked his way over for a solo try before paving the way for full-back Zak Hardaker to go over.
Centre Kallum Watkins took a short pass from 18-year-old Stevie Ward to grab his first try and then took advantage of some dazzling footwork from Hardaker to double his tally.
Second-rower Jamie Jones-Buchanan gained some reward for his industry when he stretched out of full-back Luke Patten's tackle to score Leeds' eighth try and Sinfield, who missed with his first kick at goal, added his seventh in a row to make it 46-0.
Patten, who has one match left before he retires, was run ragged all night but he gained some consolation for himself and his badly-beaten team when he scored two late tries and Daniel Holdsworth added both goals.
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||27||23|
|10||Salford Red Devils||27||23|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||27||10|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 5th February|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|Friday 6th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Catalans Dragons|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Warrington vs Salford|
|Sunday 8th February|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Leeds|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 12th February|
|20:00||Salford vs St Helens|
|Friday 13th February|
|20:00||Hull vs Warrington|
|20:00||Leeds vs Widnes|
|20:00||Wigan vs Huddersfield|
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