New generation of Leeds and Hunslet players continue proud historic rivalry

This Sunday we travel south of the River Aire to face our old rivals Hunslet in the Harry Jepson Memorial Trophy and here we take a look back at some memorable clashes down the years.
WIZARD JONES UPSTAGES CLUES’ HEADINGLEY RETURN
Points machine Lewis Jones upstaged returning former Leeds legend Arthur Clues when the big Aussie forward made an emotional return to the ground in Hunslet’s colours for the first time on 8 April, 1955. Leeds, with Jones outstanding, won 22-12, though Clues did enjoy the satisfaction of scoring a try for the visitors. The teams were:
LEEDS: Dunn, Turnbull (try) McLellan, Jones (2 tries, 5 goals), Scholes, Stevenson, Pratt, Anderson, Wood, Skelton (try), Poole, Hanson, Last.
HUNSLET: Talbot (3 goals), Snowden, Evans, Waite, L. Williams, R. Williams, A. Burnett, Hatfield, Smith, Shaw, Gunney (try), Clues (try), James.
Referee: A. Hill.
UNDERDOGS HUNSLET TOO POWERFUL FOR BEDRAGGLED LEEDS
Hunslet’s last victory over Leeds at Headingley came in a First Division encounter on 14 September, 1963, when the newly promoted South Leeds side had too much forward power for a Leeds side enduring their worst season since the war. Hunslet were convincing 17-12 victors and the teams on the occasion of Allen Lockwood’s Leeds debut were:
LEEDS: Simpson, D. Davies, Broatch (try), Pickup, Wriglesworth, Jones (try, 3 goals), Evans, Joyce, Lockwood, Tomlinson, Sykes, Neumann, Shaw.
HUNSLET: Langton (4 goals), D. Smith (try), Shelton (try), Preece, Griffiths, Gabbitas, Stevenson, Hartley (try), Whittaker, Eyre, Baldwinson, Gunney, Ward.
Referee: F. J. Howker (Rochdale)
BOXING DAY FEAST AS HUNSLET RISE TO THE OCCASION
When Leeds met Hunslet on Boxing Day 1979, most people anticipated an easy ride for high flying Leeds, but the visitors rose superbly to the occasion to go closer to victory at Headingley than on any of the previous 12 occasions since their previous win in 1963. The Dyl-Atkinson partnership eventually decided a memorable tussle 22-16. The teams were:
LEEDS: Hague, D. Smith. Cunningham (try), Dyl (2 tries), Atkinson (2 tries), Holmes (try), Sanderson, Dickinson, Ward, Pitchford, Hetherington (2 goals), Carroll, Cookson. Subs: Hague, A. Smith.
HUNSLET: Briers, Nicholson, Parrish (3 goals), Murrell, Suilepa (2 tries), Jordan, Dean (try, drop goal), Windmill, Handforth, Wright, McCarthy, Rowe, Griffiths. Subs: Barron, Standidge.
Referee: G. F. Lindop (Wakefield)
26-POINTS DICK LEADS LEEDS TO BIGGEST DEFEAT OF “OLD ENEMY”
The Division One meeting between Leeds and Hunslet at Headingley on 17th March, 1985 saw Kevin Dick score 3 tries and 7 goals as the home side recorded their biggest ever league score against the men from across the river. The teams on that occasion were:
LEEDS: Hunt (try), Grothe (try), Bleakley, Currie, Hague, Holmes, Dick (3 tries, 7 goals), Jones. Ward, Paterson, Fullerton-Smith (2 tries), Heron (try). Subs: Gill, Kevin Rayne (try).
HUNSLET: Kay, Diamond (2 goals), Tate, Murray, Roe, Cawood, King, Wood, Gray, Bateman (try), Bowden, Idle, Graham. Subs: Rudd, Marson.
OLD BOYS GIVE LEEDS A NEW YEAR FRIGHT
The last league meeting between Leeds and Hunslet came at Headingley on New Years Day 1988 as the home side eventually ran out 28-12 winners.
For the second time that season David Ward’s side from Elland Road made life uncomfortable for a Leeds team playing well within themselves, with the John Player Final looming. Ward was warmly welcomed back to Headingley by the North Stand patrons, and he must have been delighted at the manner in which his side, fighting for their First Division lives, erased an early 12 points deficit to go in on level terms at half-time. Leeds opened the scoring in the 4th minute when winger John Basnett read Platt s long pass to intercept and race 80 yards for his first try since 27 September, a spell of 10 matches. Creasser goaled, but Hunslet came back and Gurr was immaculate as ex-Leeds man Webb tested him with a deadly accurate high kick. The visitors had a lot _of pressure on the Leeds line without cutting through, and Fairbank, on his full debut, broke clear for a Powell-Ashton-Gurr-Basnett move to open Hunslet only for the revitalised wingman to be unable to hold a difficult pass.
Creasser missed with a penalty attempt, but a score was not long delayed. In the 13th minute Ashton, Maskill, Tunks and Basnett figured in a quality handling move, before Leeds came the other way and Creasser sent Jackson surging through to the line, to the delight of his watching father, all the way from
Queensland. Creasser’s conversion made it 12-0, and the sixth consecutive five-figure Headingley audience (10,047) settled in anticipation of a points avalanche. It did not materialise as Hunslet (with three former Leeds men – Webb, Lulham and Sykes all outstanding) refused to throw in the towel. They hit back after just three minutes, with Webb’s ‘bomb’ allowing Platt to outleap Gurr and get the touchdown – his second try of the season against Leeds – and add the goal points. A Creasser-Heron move almost got the stand-off over, Ashton was unlucky with a neat chip kick and chase, and Webb produced a tremendous tackle to deny Gurr. At the other end Jackson’s low tackle stopped the rampaging Nickle, before Creasser fired just wide with another penalty kick. On the stroke of half—time (as against Halifax) the South Leeds side levelled matters as good handling to the right saw Tate with time and space to run 25 yards for the try, Platt’s conversion making it 12-12. An angled Creasser penalty gave Leeds a 14-12 advantage shortly after the break, and then the standoff found his finest form to turn a
Leeds scrum heel into a 55 yard try, following fine scrum-base work by Heron and Ashton. His conversion made it 20-12, but Hunslet continued to battle to the end. Fine line kicking by both Jackson and the left-footed Gurr pinned them back on numerous occasions, and the pressure told in the finale as Leeds inflated their winning margin to a flattering 28-12.
Firstly Man of the Match Powell, a trojan worker throughout, powered through, found support in sub Brooke-Cowden, and Medley, for Creasser, popping up on the left wing, to get his second try. The final score was Morris’s 9th of the season, as Jackson’s long pass got the winger over on the right, after both Schofield and
Basnett had gone near. Thus, another comfortable win for Leeds, two crucial points in the championship race, and a 100% Christmas record, despite failing to reach anything like the form which took them through to the John Player Final. Results, as much as performances, win titles.
Leeds: Gurr, Morris, Schofield, Jackson, Basnett, Creasser, Ashton, Tunks, Maskill, Fairbank, Powell, Medley, Heron. Subs: Brooke-Cowden, Gibson
HIGHEST LEEDS SCORE
(Lazenby Cup Matches Excluded)
At Headingley: 1984-85 Leeds won 50-8
At Hunslet: 1966-67 Leeds won 42-12
HIGHEST HUNSLET SCORE
(Lazenby Cup Matches Excluded)
At Headingley: 1943-44 Hunslet won 22-4
At Hunslet: 1957-58 Hunslet won 27-20
Leeds v Hunslet Overall record
LEAGUE MATCHES

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YORKSHIRE CUP MATCHES

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CHALLENGE CUP

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FLOODLIT TROPHY MATCHES

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JOHN PLAYER TROPHY

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