On this Day – 2nd June

On this day in 2017, Leeds took on Leigh Centurions in Super League at Headingley.

Adam Cuthbertson capped a man of the match performance with two tries as the Rhinos were forced to work hard to defeat Leigh.

On this day in 1976 former Leeds player Phil Cantillon was born. Phil joined the Rhinos during the 1997 season from Keighley Cougars, having previously played for his hometown club Wigan, where he had gained representative honours with the Great Britain Academy. He made 1 start and 2 appearances off the bench before leaving the club at the end of the 1998 season. His only try in blue and amber was against Wigan Warriors in the final game of the season when the two teams played each other in the Premiership Trophy. Phil went onto play for Widnes, Keighley, Halifax and Rochdale Hornets, whom he played for against Leeds in 2006 when the Hornets travelled to Headingley Carnegie to take on the Rhinos in that year’s Challenge Cup. He also captained Ireland in the European Nations Final in the 2004 after breaking the international record for number of tries in a game with four against Scotland in the semi final.

Former Leeds forward Andy Goodway was born on this day in 1961. He played for Oldham (twice), Wigan, and Leeds in the Championship and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in the NSWRL competition. 

He made his debut for Leeds on 30th August 1992 and went on to make 24 appearances in total in the 1992-93 season, scoring one try before returning to Wigan. 

He has coached Wigan, Oldham, Paris Saint-Germain and at international level with Great Britain.

On this day in 1968, Great Britain took on France in the World Cup.

Great Britain, captained by Leeds star Bev Risman, and with John Atkinson making his debut, lost 7-2 to France in Auckland, having led 2-0 at half time. The team also included Leeds’ Mick Clark in the front row whilst Mick Shoebottom was an unused replacement. 

Britain had already lost to Australia in the tournament and France had beaten New Zealand to make it a must win game for teams. The French new victory would take them through to the Final but the game was played in horrendous conditions with torrential rain turning the Carlaw Park pitch into a mudbath.

The kick off was a good indication of what was to follow as it failed to go 10 yards only for France’s Jean Capdouze to miss the resultant penalty. 

The Lions dominated for the first quarter of the game with Roger Millward and Tommy Bishop excelling. 

After 11 minutes, skipper Risman kicked a penalty to open the scoring but that was to prove to be Great Britain’s last points of the game. Jean-Pierre Lecompte then had a drop goal ruled out for offside to keep the Lions in front at the break. 

France drew level in the 59th minute, when Roger Garrigue coolly dropped a 20 yard goal after fielding a British goal line drop-out. Eight minutes later Garrigue broke down the blindside of a scrum 35 yards out and got Daniel Pellerin on the move. He kicked across field but the ball then stuck in the mud just short of the line and Georges Ailleres kicked the ball on and Jean-Rene Ledru fell on it for the winning score. Capdouze converted.

Great Britain: Risman (Leeds), Sullivan (Hull), Brooke (Wakefield), Burwell (Hull KR), Atkinson (Leeds), Millward (Hull KR), Bishop (St Helens), Clark (Leeds), Flanagan (Hull KR), Watson (St Helens), Morgan (Featherstone), Haigh (Wakefield), Renilson (Halifax)

Subs: Shoebottom (Leeds), Warlow (St Helens).

France: Cros (Albi), Pellerin (Villeneuve), Molinier (Albi), Lecompte (St Gaudens), Ledru (Marseille), Capdouze (Perpignan), Garrigue (St Gaudens), Ailleres (Toulouse), Begou (Toulouse), Sabatie (Villeneuve), Marracq (St Gaudens), Mazard (Lezignan), Clar (Villeneuve).

Referee: C Pearce (Australia)