ON THIS DAY

On the 12th May in 1930 Leeds took on Huddersfield in the Championship Play Off final at Thrum Hall and in 1997 the Rhinos signed Andy Hay.

On this day in 1930 Leeds took on Huddersfield in the Championship Play Off final. In the semi the Loiners had played St Helens, the team who had knocked them out of the Challenge Cup that year, but this time they got it right winning 10-6 to book a place in the final to play fellow Yorkshire team Huddersfield. The two teams originally lined up to play in the final two days earlier at Wakefield, but on that occasion for the first time in the tournament’s history the game ended in a draw, setting up this replay at Thrum Hall. Leeds were unfortunate at two of their players – Moore and Gill were ruled out of the game as they were unfit and during the game Williams had to leave the pitch when he suffered an injury. The Huddersfield defence played well throughout the game and prevented the Loiners scoring a single point throughout the game, meaning the 10 points they scored was enough to seal the Championship. On this day in 1997 the Rhinos announced the signing of Andy Hay from Sheffield Eagles. Andy was an integral part of the Rhinos squad which made the inaugural Grand Final in 1998 and likewise coming off the bench in the Challenge Cup Final in 1999. Andy was a tremendous try scorer for the club with his powerful running style which has seen him score three hat-tricks in his time at the club, two in 1999 season (against Widnes in the cup and Bradford in the league) and then he scored four tries against London in the opening game of the 2002 season. He started a total of 125 games for the club with 40 substitute appearances also. In total he scored 50 tries. At the end of the 2002 season Andy was released from the final year of his contract and signed for Widnes Vikings. On this day in 1999 Leeds travelled to Salford to play the Reds for the first time that season. Just three games prior to this fixture the team had captured the Challenge Cup but had then been brought down to earth with a 62-18 defeat to St Helens. They bounced back from this loss to beat Wakefield and in this game claimed another victory. Marcus St Hilaire, Ryan Sheridan, Anthony Farrell and Darren Fleary all scored a try each and Francis Cummins kicked two conversions, whilst Iestyn Harris added the rest of the points with three conversions, to bring the final score to 38-30.