OLD RIVALS GO HEAD TO HEAD
This Sunday will be the 14th time that Leeds and Leigh have gone head to head in the Challenge Cup with Leeds leading the way with eight wins since 1911.
This Sunday will be the 14th time that Leeds and Leigh have gone head to head in the Challenge Cup with Leeds leading the way with eight wins since 1911. However, things are a little more even away from Headingley with the men from Headingley Carnegie winning three of the six meetings and one draw in 1962. The two teams met just two days later in the replay but even two tries from Eddie Ratcliffe were not enough to see Leeds through, Leigh recording their only ever success at Headingley with a 16-17 win. Most famously the two teams met in the 1971 Cup Final at Wembley when Syd Hynes was sent off in controversial circumstances involving Alex Murphy. Leeds never recovered and Leigh secured only their second Challenge Cup success with Murphy being awarded the Lance Todd Trophy. There have been 107 RL Challenge Cup meetings between Super League and lower division clubs. Super League clubs have won 101. Of the six lower division wins only two were achieved away. Hunslet Hawks were the last lower division team to triumph when they achieved an 18-14 fourth round home defeat of newly-promoted Huddersfield Giants in 2003. Three of the other wins came in the first year of Super League (1996) with Dewsbury beating London Broncos 12-10 at home and Widnes winning 17-10 at Workington Town in the fourth round, while Salford Reds had a 26-16 fifth round home win over Wigan. Later, Keighley Cougars had a 21-8 fifth round win at Halifax Blue Sox in 1997 and Leigh Centurions a 16-12 fourth round home defeat of Salford City Reds in 2001. Leeds Rhinos registered the biggest Super League win over lower division opposition when they won 106-10 at Swinton Lions in the 2001 fourth round. LEIGH CENTURIONS v LEEDS RHINOS 1910-11 (1) Leeds 8 Leigh 3 1922-23 (1) Leigh 5 Leeds 11 1930-31 (1) Leigh 7 Leeds 24 1931-32 (3) Leeds 21 Leigh 2 1949-50 (1)* Leeds 14 Leigh 7 Leigh 7 Leeds 2 1950-51 (2) Leeds 20 Leigh 3 1951-52 (3) Leigh 9 Leeds 5 1953-54 (2) Leeds 12 Leigh 3 1961-62 (2) Leigh 7 Leeds 7 Replay Leeds 16 Leigh 17 1970-71 (F) Leigh 24 Leeds 7 At Wembley 1979-80 (1) Leigh 5 Leeds 12 * Two legs