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ON THIS DAY

18th April 2006 | 12:00 am

By Leeds Rhinos

On the 18 April in years gone by Leeds won the Challenge Cup final for the first time and 26 years later they once again claimed the trophy for the fourth time.

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On the 18 April in years gone by Leeds won the Challenge Cup final for the first time and 26 years later they once again claimed the trophy for the fourth time.

On this day in 1910 Leeds played Hull at Fartown in the Northern Union Cup final. This game was actually a replay, with the first match ending in a draw for the first time in the competitions history. The rematch was played two days later and it was Leeds who took the lead, with Young scoring a penalty then a drop goal. Fred Webster then extended the Loiners lead with the first try of the game. Before the first half ended Topham scored another try for Leeds which Young converted and then Leeds made it 16-0 before the half drew to a close with a Gillie try which Young once again converted. Five minutes into the second half Leeds added another try, this time Goldthorpe was the scorer and Young again converted. Ware helped to set up Leeds’ next try, running down the touch-line side and passing to Gillie over his shoulder who then passed to Rowe who scored touched down behind the posts, to make the conversion easy for Young. With a comfortable lead the Loiners relaxed and this let in Hull who added three scores in the last twenty minutes. It was not enough though and Leeds were the winners, claiming the Cup for the first time in their history. On this day in 1936 Leeds played Warrington in the Rugby League Cup final. The crowd of 51,250 was the biggest ever for Rugby League but the game was considered to be one of the poorest of the seven finals played at Wembley. After seven minutes Isaac gave Leeds the lead after the Leeds backs opened out in their own half, and got the ball away to Eric Harris on the right wing who made ground quickly and kicked, but instead of kicking straight as he invariably did, he put the ball across the field to confound the Warrington defense. Isaac flashed into the picture, and went straight for the ball which was only a few yards from the Warrington line. He took the ball in his stride to dive straight for the touch. Williams kicked the conversion and Leeds had a lead they never lost. Isaac’s try was followed by one by Fred Harris, and there will be those who will say that this try alone made the journey to Wembley worth while. Williams then extended the Loiners lead with a penalty and then Eric Harris then scored a memorable solo try for Leeds. Parker helped wrap up the win with another try which saw the Loiners claim the Cup for fourth time.

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