44 hours ago - 1 Likes
Yorkshire second rower Jamie Peacock admits that he is preparing to face a 'Lancashire All-Stars' team in The Origin Game on Wednesday, but is confident that the White Rose county can pull off a win. The Tykes have lost the three Origin games since the cross-county clashes were restored in 2001, and take on Lancashire at Odsal Stadium on Wednesday night (7.45pm).
Paul Cullen's side includes current Great Britain captain Andy Farrell, Man of Steel Paul Sculthorpe and the leading points scorers in Tetley's Super League, Steve Prescott and Paul Deacon.
But Peacock - whose Bradford side have lost their last three games at Odsal - is confident that the White Rose team can overcome their underdog status to take the win.
"It's the Lancashire All-Stars isn't it!"
"There are a lot of world class players in their team, but hopefully we can bond together, play well as a team and do enough to beat them.
"We are looking forward to it. These big games are the ones you want to play in and everyone is keen to get out there.
"Hopefully we can get a win there. We've not been going too well with Bradford recently, but hopefully Yorkshire can get a win up.
"It is a very young team but we are all good enough to be here, so there's no reason why we can't win."
Peacock's Bradford team-mate Mike Forshaw will make his Origin debut in the Lancashire side - and will be the oldest player on show on Wednesday, at the age of 33.
But the Great Britain back rower said: "He's good enough to be there though, isn't he?
"He will add a lot to them, he is a good worker and really consistent, and he is someone they will need in their team."
Peacock himself has overcome a broken hand and badly gashed knee to play some of his best Rugby League, and he is more than happy to lead from the front for Yorkshire on Wednesday.
"I try to do that in every game," he said. "I will try to do the same for Yorkshire as I do with Bradford and lead from the front.
"I think this is the best I've played for a while actually. I don't think I've really played much better than I am at the moment, so I just have to try and continue this form for the rest of the season."
Peacock sympathised with another Bulls colleague, utility back Karl Pratt, who will miss the game with a shoulder injury as he looks to win back his place in David Waite's British side.
"Pratty is disappointed but he will bounce back from it," he added. "I'm sure he will be featuring at the end of the year somewhere near the Great Britain team."
The Origin Game will take place at Odsal Stadium in Bradford on Wednesday, with a 7.45pm kick off.