ON THIS DAY
On 31st March 1996 Leeds played their first ever game in Super League when they took on Warrington at Headingley and in 2001 they played Saints in the Cup semi final.
On 31st March 1996 Leeds played their first ever game in Super League when they took on Warrington at Headingley. Leeds had come in to the first Super League season having finished runners up to Wigan in the last Centenary Season and had high hopes in the new summer competition despite losing in the Challenge Cup semi final to Bradford the previous week. However the game against Warrington was the start of a miserable season for the Loiners as they went from one problem to another on and off the field. On that day ten years ago Warrington were inspired by young star Iestyn Harris. Nick Fozzard, Kevin Iro and George Mann crossed for Leeds in front of just 10,036 at Headingley. In 2000 Leeds defeated lost to Halifax at the Shay 24-16 however the game was notable as it saw the first try of Keith Senior in Leeds colours. Senior had moved to Headingley at the end of the 1999 season in place of crowd favourite Brad Godden. After ten games he had failed to cross and was receiving some criticism from a section of Leeds fans. Senior has since gone on to become only the 20th player in the club’s 111 year history to score over 100 tries for the club and currently has 109 tries to his name and still rising. In 2001 the Rhinos travelled to the JJB Stadium to take on St Helens. The Rhinos had been in the previous two finals but came unstuck against Saints. The game was again memorable for a first try, a spectacular effort from Mark Calderwood. The Rhinos other tries came from Karl Pratt, Kevin Sinfield and Brett Mullins but it was not enough to stop Saints from winning and going on to win the Cup at Twickenham against Bradford.