On this Day – 23rd June
On this day in 1999 the Rhinos played at home to Castleford Tigers in the Super League in front of the second highest crowd of the season at home, 16,391. Leeds recorded their fourth consecutive victory with a 50-22 win over the Tigers.
Try scorers that day were Marcus St Hilaire, Leroy Rivett, Paul Sterling and Andy Hay with one apiece whilst Iestyn Harris scored two and Marvin Golden scored a hat trick. Iestyn Harris also scored 5 goals while Kevin Sinfield added another two.
In 2000 the Rhinos welcomed Warrington Wolves to Headingley with winger Gareth Raynor making his debut for Leeds.
A hat trick from Chev Walker helped Leeds edge Warrington 28-24 at Emerald Headingley.
The Rhinos got off to the perfect start; Walker supporting a break from Kevin Sinfield to touch down before Keith Senior finished a great team move to score under the posts. Walker then scored either side of half time and Francis Cummins’ late break away effort was enough to take the two points for Leeds.
In 2006, Leeds went top of Super League with an impressive win over Wakefield Trinity at Headingley. Leading the charge for the home side was Gareth Ellis, the former Wakefield captain, who scored two tries in the first half and set up one of Lee Smith’s double in the 36-20 victory.
In 2013 Leeds suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Huddersfield Giants.
Huddersfield kept up the pressure on Super League leaders Wigan with a determined victory. Luke Robinson’s early Giants score was cancelled out by Liam Sutcliffe.
But tries from Shaun Lunt, Aaron Murphy and Brett Ferres gave the hosts a 22-12 half-time lead, despite Ben Jones-Bishop scoring for a Leeds side missing 10 senior players through injury.
Sutcliffe doubled his try tally, but Leroy Cudjoe, Lunt again and Scott Grix crossed to hand the Giants victory.
In 2017, Leeds faced Castleford Tigers at Emerald Headingley. The Tigers had defeated the Rhinos 66-10 earlier in the season but this was a closer affair.
Ash Handley put Rhinos ahead and Greg Eden replied for Cas in a tight first half, but two goals by Luke Gale saw the visitors lead 8-6 at half-time.
Zak Hardaker’s stunning solo try against his parent club extended Castleford’s advantage and Grant Millington also went over.
Adam Cuthbertson’s try proved to be just a consolation for the home side.
On this day in 1928 Great Briatin took on Australia in Brisbane in front of a 39,200 crowd. Just one Leeds player was in the side for the game, full back, Jim Brough, who made his Great Briatin debut in the game. The match was the first time the teams had met since 1924 and Great Britain went home the victors, with a 15-12 win.