On this Day – 25th June
On this day in 2004, Leeds Rhinos played Hull FC at Headingley.
Leeds extended their lead at the top of the Tetley’s Super League after twice coming from behind to beat Hull 28-24.
The Rhinos started brightly but were behind 12-10 down at the interval after a Richard Horne penalty try and a try from Nick Scruton, on loan from Leeds, against his own team-mates.
A further Shaun Briscoe effort checked Leeds’ fightback in the second half but the Rhinos eventually triumphed after Ali Lauitiiti had taken his tally for the club to five tries in five appearances.
On this day in 1976, former Leeds Rhinos captain Iestyn Harris was born.
The opening season of Super League, 1996, was an ‘annus horribilis’ for Leeds who just avoided relegation and bankruptcy. With a new regime at the helm, they needed a gesture of intent and splashed out a club record fee of over £350,000 to bring teenage prodigy Iestyn Harris in from the cold at Warrington.
It proved to be a masterstroke, not least when combined with making him captain aged 21 and the tactic of starting games with him at full back and then moving him to stand off to destroy sides. A magnificent kicker, who still holds the club record for goals-in-a-game, he was Rhinos Player of the Year on an unprecedented three consecutive occasions from 1998-2000 such was his dominance.