On this Day – 26th May
On this day in 1947, Leeds played their penultimate game of the season as they travelled to Featherstone just two days after losing to Rovers at Headingley.
Leeds had looked like they may miss out on a chance to make the Championship play offs however a spirited performance at Featherstone brought a 35-5 win with a hat trick from Price along with two tries for Arthur Clues and one apiece for Williams and Whitehead.
On this day in 1997 Leeds played Castleford in Super League and ended their winning run with a draw over their Yorkshire rivals. Coming into this game Leeds had beaten Paris St Germain, Salford and Oldham and they had already notched up a win over the Tigers earlier in the season. Try scorers on the day were Richie Blackmore, Anthony Farrell, Barrie McDermott, Paul Sterling and Adrian Morley. Iestyn Harris and Graham Holroyd kicked the rest of the points, Harris adding 3 and Holroyd landing 2 goals to bring the final score to 30-30.
On this day in 2000 Leeds were at home to face Wigan Warriors. Leeds were looking to bounce back, after defeats against Hull and Bradford in the fixtures prior to this. In the first meeting between the sides earlier in the season Iestyn Harris had been the scorer of all the Rhinos points with a try and a goal and on that occasion that had not been enough and the Rhinos lost 20-6. In this game though Leeds took revenge for that defeat thanks to two tries from Richie Blackmore and one try each from David Barnhill and Francis Cummins, with Iestyn Harris added the rest with five successful goals.
On this day in 2001 the Rhinos were on the road to take on Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. Keith Senior, Marcus St Hilaire, Karl Pratt, Francis Cummins and Andy Hay all scored a try each and Iestyn Harris added two more and 5 goals to give the Rhinos a 38-16 win.
In 2006, the Rhinos made the trip to Odsal to face Bradford Bulls in the West Yorkshire derby clash. A crowd of 16,603 witnessed the Rhinos demolish their old rival in a repeat of the previous two seasons Grand Finals. The Rhinos scored five tries without reply to run out 30-0 winners.
In 2009, the Rhinos welcomed Hull FC at Emerald Headingley on the back of successive wins over Catalans and Castleford.
The Rhinos ran out comfortable 46-16 winners with Keith Senior marking his 300th appearance with a man of the match winning performance.
In 2013, Leeds were in action at the Magic Weekend on this day at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium. Leeds had a new opponent for the showcase event with a mouthwatering clash with Wigan on the cards.
Leeds lost out after a late Danny McGuire try was disallowed by referee Ian Smith at the end of a pulsating contest.
In 2017, the Rhinos entertained Warrington Wolves at Emerald Headingley. The game came the week after defeat to Castleford Tigers at the Magic Weekend in Newcastle and Brian McDermott’s side secured a morale boosting 40-0 victory over the Wolves, who were battling to avoid relegation at the foot of the table.
Hooker Matt Parcell crossed for a hat trick with the first fifteen minutes of the game were played at a frantic pace as the May Bank Holiday weekend got off to a sun drenched start.
A year later, the Rhinos made the Bank Holiday weekend trip to France to face Catalans Dragons.
Leeds Rhinos lost out against Catalans Dragons 33-20 after fighting back from 14-0 to put the game in the balance with less than twenty minutes to go before the home side ran in three late tries.
In 2019, the Rhinos were in action at the Magic Weekend with a first ever fixture for the club at the famous Anfield Stadium in Liverpool. The game was a nerve wrecking relegation clash with London Broncos. Twice in the game, the Rhinos seemed to pull clear of danger only to be pulled back by Danny Ward’s side from the capital and in the end were left hanging on for the vital two points to stay off the foot of the Super League table.