On this day in 1932 Leeds won their third Challenge Cup with a victory over Swinton.
On this day in 1932 Leeds won their third Challenge Cup with a victory over Swinton. Eric Harris scored a thirteenth minute try which proved to be decisive moment in the game. In the opening moments of the game Leeds showed that they were determined to get their hand on the silverware and gallantly defended against the Lancashire opposition. Neither team had conceded a try in their run in the competition and this superb record was only for Swinton who succumbed to Harris' great try. When the try came the sides had both converted successful penalties and Leeds were 8-4 ahead and Swinton were beginning to test Leeds were their barrage of attacks. The game took a dramatic change though when Leeds secured a penalty kick, and it was from a scrummage near the halfway line, that the Swinton backs got the ball. Bryn Evans had it out to Rees in a shot, and the stand-off half sought with his pass to find Green the young centre who took the place of Whittaker. But Green could not get to the ball. Moores swooped on to it, and passed to O'Rourke, who had taken up the correct supporting position, and O'Rourke let the ball go with the necessary rapidity and accuracy to Harris. Harris went straight along the touch line to slip past Kenny, and then, with something like half the length of the field to go, he had only to beat Scott, the full back. But Scott made no allowance for Harris's change in speed and just when the tackle was to be made, the Australian accelerated, and left Scott groping in futile fashion while he dived in at the corner. On this day in 2005 Leeds defeated London in the Challenge Cup Flying winger Marcus Bai scorched in for a hat-trick of tries in the final 17 minutes as Super League leaders Leeds roared back to form by routing London. Powerful prop Ryan Bailey and lively half-back Danny McGuire inspired the run-away victory which took the Rhinos two points clear of St Helens at the top. London had little answer to Leeds' slick handling as Tony Smith's men cut loose in an embarrassingly one-sided second half. Suspicions that the Rhinos were going through a slump, after a home league defeat against Wakefield and their struggle to knock Warrington out of the Powergen Challenge Cup, were comprehensively answered as they overcame London's challenge. After rattling up 70 points against Hunslet in the Cup, the Broncos were simply outclassed the Super League and world club champions. Leeds took just five minutes to open the scoring, the strength of Kiwi Test second row Ali Lauitiiti enabling him to barge over the line with four London players hanging on. Kevin Sinfield's kick from wide out hit the near upright and stayed out. The hosts had some strong tackling to do, with London throwing the ball about with enterprise but try scorer Lauitiiti showed he was just as formidable on the defensive. Leeds survived the pressure and showed their class with slick handling by Richard Mathers and Lauitiiti enabling centre Keith Senior to cross for the Rhinos' third try. Thomas Leuluai was at the hub of London's best moves and the scrum-half wriggled his way over for his side's only try of the first half on the half hour, Paul Sykes adding the goal. But Leeds had the edge in attacking ideas and McGuire's long pass saw Lauitiiti offload the ball intelligently and McGuire was up in support to score. McGuire was the architect for Leeds' fifth try, kicking to the corner where Chev Walker outjumped London winger Jon Wells to gather and touch down in the corner. Sinfield's successful kick took the Leeds captain's career total to 1,000 points as the Rhinos led 26-6 at the break. Then, five minutes into the second half, McGuire went between the posts for his second try after a storming break by Bailey. Sinfield was again successful with the conversion. Scrum-half Rob Burrow left London with no hope of launching a recovery when he darted 20 metres on a solo run for the Rhinos' seventh try. Sinfield added the goal but was off the field when Leeds hit the Broncos with three touchdowns in eight minutes - Mathers (twice), Bai and Keith Senior scoring at will. Liam Botham and Burrow failed with conversion attempts but when Sinfield returned he improved Bai's second try with 10 minutes left to bring up the 60 points for the rampant Rhinos. Winger Bai completed his hat-trick of tries in injury-time with the Broncos a demoralised outfit, and although Sinfield missed the kick there were no complaints.
Leeds Rhinos have been given a boost ahead of tonight's Super League clash with St Helens at Headingley Carnegie, kick off 7.45pm, with the news that experienced forward Ian Kirke, 32, has agreed a new two year contract with the club.