Jamie Peacock blasts "clueless" critics

Peacock blasts 'clueless' critics as Rhinos dye hair for charity before St Helens defeat

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08:31 GMT, 26 March 2012

England captain Jamie Peacock has defended his Leeds team-mates in the wake of some apparent criticism of their decision to dye their hair for charity.

The five-time Super League champions sported red and pink haircuts at St Helens last night, having agreed to do so in aid of Sport Relief if a certain amount of money was raised prior to kick-off.

They were left red-faced on the pitch, though, with a resurgent Saints side running in eight tries in a 46-6 win.

Hair we go: Peacock has defended his Leeds team-mates

Hair we go: Peacock has defended his Leeds team-mates

That led to Leeds being branded as 'unprofessional' during a television commentary, prompting coach Brian McDermott to respond by telling former Great Britain hooker Mike Stephenson that he was 'bang out of order'.

Peacock has also had his say, issuing an address on his Twitter page and then on his club`s official website.

'To anyone who thinks we lost because we had red or pink hair; you are clueless,' he said.

Over the line: Lomax scores a first-half try against Leeds

Over the line: Lomax scores a first-half try against Leeds

'Our hair colour had nothing to do with this game and anyone who says that obviously doesn`t know how this team works.

'We are trying to raise awareness and funds for a great cause.

'At the end of the day, this was a disappointing loss but we will come back ready to go again next Friday.

'There are people who have horrendous lives around the world and by having a small bit of embarrassment personally, we can raise funds that might save someone`s life.

'If I was asked to do it again, for that reason I would do, 100 per cent.'