On the 9th August in years gone by the Rhinos have played Wigan back in 1996 and Salford in 1998 and former Leeds man Matthew Schultz was born.
On this day in 1975 former Leeds second row forward Matthew Shultz was born. Matthew joined the Rhinos in 1992 from Hull ARL and made his debut on the opening day of the 1993-94 season against Castleford, he retained his position in the starting line up for the next two games but was unable to maintain this role and his only further appearances that season were from the bench. Over the next two seasons Matthew was unable to make the break through in becoming a first team regular and only made another 6 appearances off the bench. Matthew stayed with the Rhinos for their first season in Super League and appeared in all of the Rhinos Challenge Cup qualifying games as well as coming on as substitute in the semi final against Bradford. In total Matthew played made 5 starts and 16 substitute appearances for Leeds. Since leaving Leeds Matt has played for Hull KR, where he left in 2002 to pursue a career in the fire service. On this day in 1996 Leeds travelled to Wigan to play an inform Warriors side. The Rhinos began the game well with two Mike Forshaw tries, but the sin binning of David Hulme saw the match turn in favour of Wigan. Once Hulme had returned to the playing field Wigan had scored four tries and were in control of the game. Jason Robinson was the outstanding player of the afternoon - scoring 5 tries and taking his side to a 68-14 win that saw Wigan return to the top of Super League. On this day in 1998 Leeds were once again on the road, this time to face Salford. The Rhinos were hoping to make it a hat trick of wins over the Reds, having already beaten them at Headingley earlier in the season and then notching up another win just one game previous to this encounter when they had faced each other at the Gateshead Stadium. Salford were back on their home ground for this game though and Adrian Morely returned to his home town with the Rhinos and was in excellent form, scoring two tries in the game. His second row partner Andy Hay matched this by also touching down twice and then Brad Godden, Richie Blackmore and Graham Holroyd added to the 40-6 score line with a try a piece which saw the Rhinos hopes for honours that season revitalised.