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Leeds Rhinos v Blackpool Panthers, Friday 7th May

1st May 2010

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos have been drawn against Blackpool in the Fifth Round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup to set up only the tenth meeting between Leeds and Blackpool.

There are no season ticket holder discounts for this game and prices for the game will be the same for all the 5th Round matches.

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Season ticket holder’s seats will be held until 5pm on Wednesday 28th April and after this all seats will be released and will go on general sale.

Junior season ticket holders can get into this game for free however they must contact the club in advance to have the match added to their season ticket membership card.

Tickets for this match can be purchased either at the ticket office, over the phone on 0871 423 1315 (calls are charged at 10pence per minute) or online at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets

For the first time, if you are the head of a season ticket order you will be able to do your order online at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets. Instructions are below:-

* Select the tickets tab and click buy online

* Input your season ticket customer number and password – if this is the first time you have been online then input the password ‘leedsrugby’ and it will ask you to change it.

*Once you have logged in successfully then select the tab ‘My account’ in the top right hand corner

* Down the left hand side you will have a number of headings – select the ‘show offers’ heading

* This will show you the offer that is on your order ‘Carnegie Challenge Cup 5th Round 2010’ – click add to order

* Carry out the payment for this and click the delivery method ‘match day collection’. This will update all your cards.

At present we request that if you wish to move within the ground, not purchase all the tickets which are on your original season ticket order or make any changes, that you do not use the online option to book your tickets.

Please note that all season ticket holder offers will expire at 5pm on Wednesday 28th April. From here we recommend you contact the ticket office if you wish to have the match uploaded onto your card. If you have any issues please contact the ticket office or e-mail tickets@leedsrugby.com.

All bookings are subject to a £1.50 booking fee when paying with credit / debit card.  Click here for a full list of ticket prices.

On 5th September 1923 Leeds had travelled to Blackpool to play Barrow in an exhibition game that Harold Buck scored five tries however it was not Blackpool entered the league in 1954-55 that Leeds played the seasiders for the first time.

Leeds ran riot in the first ever fixture winning 68-6 in August 1957. Del Hodgkinson and Gordon Brown shared seven tries, whilst Lewis Jones broke the Club goal kicking record with lucky 13. In the return fixture Blackpool upset Leeds 16-11 and the St Anne’s Stadium.

The following season Jones scored 20 points in a home win whilst Hemingway’s tries pointed Leeds to victory at Blackpool.

Nine years elapsed before the next clash when the two teams met for the only previous Challenge Cup meeting between the sides. Blackpool had originally been drawn at home but with work being carried out on their Borough Park ground the game was switched to Headingley. There were no losers in the 1st Round though, with superior speed and expertise, Leeds were always certain winners; and Blackpool Borough were amply rewarded with an attendance of 9,000.

In 1972 Leeds travelled to Blackpool for a John Players Trophy first round clash and recorded a record away score in that competition with Graham Eccles scoring a hat trick in a 51-9 win.

The last league meetings between the sides came in the 1979-80 season when Leeds won 26-8 with David Smith and Paul Fletcher both scoring twice before Leeds suffered a humiliating 15-18 loss at home in March 1980. Amongst the Leeds team that day was now Chief Executive Gary Hetherington. That was also the only time that Phil Holmes played against his brother John, with the latter gaining bragging rights over his illustrious brother.

The last meeting between the sides was in November 1983 when 1,500 supporters turned up at Blackpool to see Leeds narrowly beat the home side 12-9 thanks to tries from Prendiville and Holmes. Kevin Dick had captained the side despite the return from injury of David Ward. Johns and Dick traded penalties in the opening 20 minutes before Prendiville crossed for the opening try after half an hour to make the half time score 6-2 to the visitors.
Prop Waddell hit back for Blackpool after the break and John’s conversion gave the second division side the lead. Worse was to come when Turley kicked a drop goal to make it 9-6 with ten minutes left.
Blackpool looked certain to hold out but lost possession after taking a quick tap deep in their territory and in a desperate late attack from Leeds, Dave Heron broke through and the supporting John Holmes took the short pass to score between the posts. Dick converted to make the score 12-9 and the hooter went almost immediately from the re-start.

The Leeds team that day was: Wilkinson, Prendiville, Heselwood, Martin, A Smith, Holmes, Dick, Keith Rayne, Ward, Kevin Rayne, Squire, Moorby, D Heron. Subs: Cooper, W Heron

Full list of results
19/08/57 H W26-8 League
09/11/57 A L11-16 League
15/08/58 H W32-20 League
01/11/58 A W19-6 League
04/02/67 H W15-3 Challenge Cup
24/09/72 A W51-9 John Player
14/10/79 A W26-8 League
23/03/80 H L15-18 League
06/11/83 A W12-9 John Player

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Leeds Rhinos 70 Blackpool Panthers 22

7th May 2010

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos were given a fright by lowly Blackpool Panthers in the first half before five tries from Brent Webb and a hat trick from Mike Coady helped the Rhinos into the Quarter Final of the Carnegie Challenge Cup.

Leeds Rhinos were looking to take a step closer to Wembley when they take on Blackpool Panthers in the Carnegie Challenge Cup at Headingley Carnegie.

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The Rhinos were without a number of players due to injury but welcomed back Greg Eastwood after he was cleared to return from his wrist injury. Brian McClennan also named a number of younger players in his side with Michael Coady, Luke Ambler and Chris Clarkson all getting the chance to have first go at the team from Co-Operative Championship One.

Leeds made a perfect start inside the first minute when Lee Smith broke through the Blackpool defensive line before passing to Brent Webb to score between the posts. Kevin Sinfield added the conversion to make it 6-0 to the Champions.

The home side had further chances after that but they were stunned after nine minutes when Blackpool finally took advantage of a huge overlap on the South Stand touchline to go over for a try by Martin Ainscough. It looked like the Rhinos had scrambled to stop the danger but a clever offload but Ainscough over to silence Headingley Carnegie.

Five minutes later the 150 fans who have made the journey across from the Seaside thought they had taken an incredible lead when Danny Halliwell went close but he was dragged back just as he stretched for the line.

Normal service appeared to be resumed after 18 minutes when good offloads by Greg Eastwood, on for Lee Smith, and Luke Burgess released Webb for his second try. Sinfield’s conversion making it 12-4.

However, the Panthers responded again and crafted a great try for John Clough by creating an overlap outwide which the replacement made the most of and went over to score between the posts. Hemmingway was successful this time and made it 12-10 after 24 minutes.

Leeds needed someone to lift the atmosphere at Headingley Carnegie and they got it two minutes later when Ryan Hall, fresh from his four tries in the last round and his hat trick at Murrayfield six days earlier, managed to break clear and went 50 metres to score.

The home side extended the lead even further with two minutes remaining in the half when Ali Lauitiiti crashed over after a short pass from Sinfield. The latter then added the conversion to give his side a 24-10 lead.

It appeared that the Rhinos had struck a killer blow with the final play of the half when Hall went eighty metres on a scorching run to the line, chased by Marlon Miller all the way, only for both players to see their efforts made worthless by referee Robert Hicks signalling for a knock own back near the Rhinos line. Blackpool then finished the half sensationally. Tom Hemmingway spotted that the clock had counted down and kicked from the base of the scrum and Damian Munro was fastest to react and touched the ball down as the hooter sounded. Hemmingway added the conversion to make it 24-16 at the break.

The Rhinos came out determiend after the break and they put the game to bed inside the first ten minutes of the second half with four tries. The first came from Brent Webb as he sliced his way through the defence to complete his hat trick before a clever cross field kick from Kevin Sinfield was snatched out of the air by Brett Delaney to cross for his first of the game after 45 minutes.

Michael Coady crossed for two quick tries which were almost carbon copies of each other as the Rhinos move the ball quickly along the line and Coady finished off well on the touchline. Sinfield converted the first to leave the score 46-16.

Kylie Leuluai and Ali Lauitiiti had been crucial for the Rhinos after the break and the latter set up the position for the next try when he set panic in the Blackpool defence and a wide pass to Hall opened up the way for the winger to release Brent Webb for his fourth try of the game. Sinfield converted to make it 52-16.

Blackpool did themselves proud but coming back from the onslaught by the Rhinos. Marlon Miller did brilliantly to take a short kick off in the air off Keith Senior and three tackles later Kris Ratcliffe touched down for his side’s fourth try. Hemmingway added the conversion to make it 52-22 after 58 minutes.  

The Panthers may have sensed their chance to get some more points but as they tried to come away from their own line from the re-start a loose pass was seized upon by Mike Coady who went over from 20 metres out to complete his first senior hat trick. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 58-22 after 60 minutes.

After such a high scoring period, the game lulled after that and it was not until ten minutes later that Greg Eastwood showed great strength to get over for his side’s next try, carrying three would be tacklers over the line with him. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 64-22.

The scoring was wrapped up with the final play of the game and fittingly it was man of the match Brent Webb who crossed for his fifth try as the Rhinos broke down the South Stand side. Despite his side leading by 68-22, Sinfield stepped up and coolly slotted over the conversion from the touchline to make the final score 70-22.

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