McClennan praises his troops

Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Brian McClennan praised his team’s spirit after they produced a commanding performance to move top of the engage Super League.

Jamie Peacock and Brent Webb both grabbed a hat trick as the Rhinos ran riot at Rodney Parade to go ahead of St Helens on points difference. However, the Rhinos had faced difficulties getting to the ground before kick off with traffic in South Wales congested due to U2 playing at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

Speaking after the game McClennnan said, "The guys were really committed today. We showed respect to Celtic and brought our strongest team down here and the players played with a lot of confidence. We spoke about the problems the Crusaders have had this week with six players being deported. As a club we feel sorry for them but as a team we came to do our job and I thought we did just that.

"I was really pleased for Kevin Sinfield. To kick 1,000 goals is an incredible achievement and one that we are all proud of. Jamie Peacock also became the first Leeds prop to score a hat trick in Super League as well which is another milestone for us.

"We have got a fortnight to build to the St Helens game now. If you haven’t got a ticket for that one yet, I would suggest you get it soon because that is going to be a great game. We are going to do a lot of physical testing this week because we have had two games recently where we have been able to pull away from the opposition and we know we need to push ourselves physically to be ready for Saints. We will then look at them from next Monday and be ready to take them on five days later," added McClennan.

Danny McGuire was the only injury concern out of the trip to Wales but McClennan calmed fears, he added, "Danny got a poke in the eye but it should be okay. His vision was a bit cloudy in the dressing room but if it doesn’t clear up we will send him to see a specialist to get it checked out."