Peacock: Win would be best achievement

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Jamie Peacock believes beating Warrington in the Grand Final would be a bigger achievement than winning it last year

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Jamie Peacock believes beating Warrington in the Grand Final would be a bigger achievement than winning …

Jamie Peacock will be aiming for a record-extending eighth Grand Final win when Leeds take on Warrington at Old Trafford and he reckons, if he is successful, it would top the lot.

The former England captain will break the appearance record of Leon Pryce he equalled 12 months ago when he runs out for his 10th Grand Final and says victory this time would give him the most satisfaction.

"I think it would be a bigger achievement this year," said Peacock, who was in the Rhinos team that made history by winning the title from fifth place in 2011.

"We had to peak for the World Club Challenge which is difficult to do at the start of the year.

"We did that and obviously we got to the Challenge Cup final and then the games we've had to play to get to Old Trafford have been more difficult."

Peacock has played a key role in his club's now traditional late-season surge, arguably playing his best rugby since announcing his retirement from the international game, and he was recently described as "a freak" by his coach and former Bradford team-mate Brian McDermott.

"It's nice of Macca to give me a compliment but I'd like to think that what I do is through hard work and not freakish ability," Peacock said. "It's just down to having a good attitude and wanting to work hard. I am enjoying playing at the moment, that's the big thing."

Meanwhile, Warrington half-back Richie Myler, one of at least 14 Warrington players making their Grand Final debuts, says his team will be wary of Leeds' proud record at Old Trafford.

"We're the only team this year that can do the double now but we're under no illusions about how tough it's going to be," he said. "Leeds have a proven track record of playing well at this time of the year at this ground.

"They've got some big key players so we know we're in for a tough test. It will be totally different to Wembley."

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