On this Day – 26th June
Brad Godden beats Brett Wharton
On 26th June in 1999 the Rhinos took on London Broncos in a repeat of the Challenge Cup Final from a couple of months previous.
The Rhinos faced London Broncos for the first time since they had defeated the side from the capital at Wembley in the Challenge Cup Final. The teams had already met once in the league and on that occasion the Rhinos were the 38-12 victors and once again in this match they made it three wins in three.
Francis Cummins, who had scored in the previous two fixtures against the Broncos, added two more tries and Barrie McDermott scored the third try which helped wrap up the win. Iestyn Harris added the rest of the points from the boot with five goals, bringing the final score to 22-16.
In 2009, the Rhinos took on Bradford Bulls at Headingley in the West Yorkshire derby and came away with a 33-20 win with an incredible finish.
Leeds led for most of the game only to see Bradford fightback with tries from Paul Deacon and Steve Menzies to lead 20-18 with less than 20 minutes to go. However, tries from Rob Burrow and Scott Donald along with three goals from Kevin Sinfield and a drop goal from Lee Smith sealed a remarkable win.
In 2015, Leeds travelled to Hull FC in the Quarter Final of the Challenge Cup and maintained their hold on the trophy with a well earned 24-6 victory.
Kevin Sinfield’s boot and a Joel Moon try gave them a 10-0 half-time lead.
Kallum Watkins’ try early in the second half stretched the Rhinos’ lead but four try chances came and went as Hull’s attacking play went unrewarded.
Zak Hardaker’s 70th-minute score sealed the win, before a late consolation from Hull teenager Jordan Abdull.
Sinfield ended with 12 points after a typically assured goal-kicking display, but it was his tactical acumen which really made the difference for the Rhinos.
On this day in 1920, Leeds star Jim Bacon was in the Great Britain team that lost 8-4 to Australia in Brisbane.
In 1984, Leeds forward Keith Rayne was part of the Lions side that took on Australia in Brisbane in the Second Test.
In 1992, Garry Schofield captain Great Britain to their memorable win over Australia in Melbourne. Schofield scored a try and a drop goal in the 33-10 win.