Leeds Rhinos says pink hair was 'not to blame' for loss

Jamie Peacock in action against St Helens

England captain Jamie Peacock has defended Leeds players after they were criticised for dyeing their hair pink for Sport Relief in Sunday's 46-6 defeat to St Helens.

"To anyone who thinks we lost because we had red or pink hair; you are clueless," Peacock tweeted.

"If I had the choice, I would do it again. 100%."

Head coach Brian McDermott labelled the barbs, which were made in television commentary, "bang out of order".

The majority of the Leeds players agreed to change their hair colour if a certain amount of money was collected prior to kick-off. The club has so far raised £3,122 for Sport Relief 2012.

The feelgood factor quickly disappeared on the pitch for the Rhinos as they conceded eight tries to a Saints outfit resurgent since the dismissal of head coach Royce Simmons.

"This was a disappointing loss but we will come back ready to go again next Friday," Peacock added in a statement on the club's website.

"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."

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