On 9th June in 1998 the Rhinos took on Halifax Blue Sox and suffered a rare defeat in the Championship winning season in 2004.
On this day in 1998 the Rhinos bounced back from their first defeat of the season against with a win over Yorkshire rivals Halifax Blue Sox. Halifax were in good form coming into the game and had beaten their last five opponents who included St Helens and Bradford Bulls. Leeds too had seen off their main competitors with wins over St Helens and Wigan. Paul Sterling who had scored five tries so far over that season and Francis Cummins who had notched up four so far both added two tries each in this match. Marcus St Hilaire also scored a try and Iestyn Harris added the rest of the points with a try, 5 goals and a drop goal which brought the final score to 35-18 to the Rhinos. On this day in 2004 there was disappointment for the Rhinos at JJB Stadium as they suffered only their second defeat of the season at the hands of Wigan, with Andy Farrell's two late penalties being the difference in an enthralling game. Wigan struck first through Kris Radlinski after 7 minutes after and Farrell added the conversion to make it 6-0. Marcus Bai hit back three minutes later when he latched onto a grubber from Senior. Then Terry Newton, who had been denied a try in the opening minutes added another against his former side and Farrell again converted to make it 12-4. Ali Lauitiiti was at his most talented best with ball in hand and he scored his third try in three games, with Sinfield adding a conversion and then a penalty to tie the game up after 30 minutes. Wigan came out firing in the second half and took a ten point lead in as many minutes. First Hock crashed over and then O'Loughlin was on hand to take Newton's pass, as the hooker latched onto a loose ball on the Leeds goal line, Tickle converted to make it 22-12. To make matters worse whilst the try was being scored Dave Furner, who has been in devastating form this season, was being helped off the field with an injury. Sinfield then steadied the ship with a penalty after 54 minutes and then converted Jamie Jones-Buchanan third try of the season to make it 22-20. Sinfield and Farrell then traded penalties before the Rhinos mounted a massive full scale assault on the Wigan line and the home sides resolute defence earned them the victory. Rob Burrow did have an attempt at goal that narrowly drifted wide before Wigan wrapped up the win with a Farrell penalty in front of the posts on the hooter after Sinfield had attempted an audacious drop out with seconds remaining.