On this Day – 20th June

On this day in 2003 Leeds Rhinos took on Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in the Super League in front of a crowd of 6678 at Wakefield’s ground. The Rhinos were the victors on the day with Mark Calderwood and Rob Burrow both claiming two tries and Danny McGuire, Keith Senior, Francis Cummins, Chev Walker and Willie Poching all scoring one each. Kevin Sinfield added 6 goals to give the Rhinos a 48-12 win. Mark Calderwood, who was then Super League’s leading try scorer, took his try tally to 19 in 20 matches and Francis Cummins reached an impressive landmark with his 102nd Super League try on his 300th start for the club.

Back in 1970 Great Britain took on Australia in Sydney in the second Test and won 28-7 in front of a crowd of 60,962. In the Great Britain side that day were Leeds favourites Alan Smith, Syd Hynes, John Atkinson and Mick Shoebottom. John Atkinson scored a try and Syd Hynes scored a goal in the side’s first victory over Australia since 1967.

Leeds’ 1970 Great Britain tourists – Alan Smith, Syd Hynes, John Atkinson, Barry Seabourne and Mick Shoebottom

In 2008 Leeds welcomed St Helens to Headingley with both teams battling it out at the top of the Super League table.

St Helens closed the gap on Super League leaders Leeds to just two points after a powerful display against the reigning champions. Francis Meli scored two tries in the second half for Saints while Leon Pryce also went over. 

It added to the first-half efforts from Maurie Fa’asavalu and Bryn Hargreaves.  The dismissal of Nick Scruton for a dangerous tackle on Keiron Cunningham in the second half severely hampered any hopes of a recovery by Leeds.

In 2009, the Rhinos made the trip down to London to face Brian McDermott’s Harlequins RL side.

Leeds scored eight tries to secure a 48-14 win over Harlequins at Twickenham Stoop

Leeds Rhinos travelled to the Twickenham Stoop hoping it would be a case of third time lucky having been beaten by Brian McDermott’s side in their last two outings. 

In 2010, the Rhinos suffered a shock defeat to Welsh side Crusaders at Headingley.

Brian Noble’s Crusaders ended champions Leeds’s seven-game winning run.

Winger Vince Mellars won it for the visitors with his second try of the game just two minutes from time. 

Second row Weller Hauraki also scored twice for Crusaders, now buoyant after ending the poor run that followed last month’s last-minute Challenge Cup exit. 

The Rhinos scored four tries to the visitors’ five as they succumbed. 

Adam Peek got Crusaders’ other try, while Lee Smith, Scott Donald and Brett Delaney all ran in second-half tries for Leeds, to add to Ryan Hall’s first-half effort.

In 2018, Leeds welcomed Catalans Dragons to Emerald Headingley for a re-arranged fixture after the game had been postponed at the start of the season due to snow.

Brian McDermott gave young prop Tom Holroyd his debut and Leeds looked to be heading for victory at half time only for the Dragons to rally in the second half to claim victory.