On this Day – 16th June
Danny McGuire rescued Leeds as the Rhinos snatched a last-gasp win against a fierce Salford side on this day in 2006.
Leeds trailed 18-12 until McGuire levelled the scores and then snatched victory with a late drop goal. David Hodgson had put Salford in command with a superb 14-point display in a compelling encounter. Leeds put the hosts under plenty of early pressure but Salford weathered the storm and took an eighth-minute lead through Andy Coley. The prop raced through by the posts from a smart Luke Robinson pass to offer Hodgson a simple conversion.
The Rhinos response was swift with stand-off McGuire creating a try for Chev Walker from nothing. McGuire evaded a challenge on halfway and left the defence trailing before putting Walker over. With Kevin Sinfield adding the extras and McGuire setting up another quick attack, the Rhinos looked to take charge but Salford hit back again. Hodgson had a try in the corner disallowed for crossing but the winger did land two penalties to put his side into a 10-6 half-time lead.
It could have been worse for the Rhinos at the interval but for some fierce tackling which held Reds full-back Karl Fitzpatrick up over the line. Aaron Moule also went close to a second Salford try after the break but, not surprisingly, Leeds lifted the tempo with Willie Poching powering through to score. Sinfield converted to edge the visitors ahead for the first time but their lead did not last long as Hodgson levelled up again with another penalty.
Salford were clearly up for the challenge and after Simon Finnigan was denied by a fierce Walker hit, they spread the ball wide for Hodgson to dive over by the flag. He then landed a brilliant touchline conversion to give Salford an 18-12 advantage but once again McGuire came to Leeds’ rescue. The prolific stand off spotted another gap as the Rhinos attacked and darted through from 20 metres for a try Sinfield improved to level again.
Both sides had chances to exert pressure as they chased a late winner but the Reds defence stood firm and Leeds had a let-off when Andrew Dunemann knocked on. As time ticked away a draw looked likely but McGuire completed his late salvage act with the winning drop goal in the 79th minute.
On this day in 2017, Leeds took on Featherstone Rovers at Emerald Headingley in the Challenge Cup Quarter Final.
Rovers, the only second-tier club in the last eight, were 22-0 down at half-time to tries from Stevie Ward, Brett Ferres, Joel Moon and Ash Handley.
Carl Ablett, Liam Sutcliffe and Handley then all went over while Featherstone’s James Lockwood was in the sin-bin.
Brad Singleton added two tries before Ryan Hall rounded off a routine win.