On this Day – 28th June
On this day in 1998 Leeds Rhinos travelled to Wilderspool to face Warrington Wolves for the second time that season. Having previously won the home tie, Leeds claimed another victory, this time 27-14. The try scoring began for the Rhinos with Francis Cummins, then Anthony Farrell, Barrie McDermott, Andy Hay and Ryan Sheridan added a try each. Iestyn Harris scored 3 goals against his old club and Graham Holroyd scored a drop goal.
On this day in 2002 Leeds were once again on the road, this time to Wakefield, to face the Wildcats in Super League. Rhinos won 36-32 in front of a 4114 crowd. Mark Calderwood scored his 14th try of the season, with further tries from Ryan Sheridan, Willie Poching, scoring his second against his former club, and Rob Burrow. Chev Walker and Karl Pratt both added 2 each in the match, whilst Kevin Sinfield scored 4 goals. The day was also significant for Ryan Bailey who made his debut in the game.
On this day in 2003 Leeds Rhinos were defeated for the second season in a row at Halton Stadium. Leeds lost 14-29 to Widnes, despite tries from Willie Poching and Matt Adamson and 3 goals from Kevin Sinfield. It was the Rhinos first loss in 4 games but their third defeat to Widnes since they had joined Super League in 2002.
In 2008, Leeds secured a memorable victory over Castleford Tigers at Headingley when a severely understrength Leeds side staged a second-half recovery to edge out bottom-of-the-table Castleford.
Leeds, missing 14 players because of international commitments and injuries, fielded several Academy youngsters and had Brent Webb at scrum-half.
Castleford took a 6-0 lead into the break thanks to Richard Owen’s score, and led 10-0 after Joe Westerman’s try.
But Leeds stormed back into the game, with Lee Smith, Webb and Matt Diskin claiming crucial second-half scores.
With key players like Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock, Gareth Ellis, Keith Senior, Danny McGuire and Rob Burrow all in action for England against France on Friday, Leeds had no choice but to delve into their Academy in the shape of Michael Haley, Joe Chandler, Ben Jones-Bishop and Danny Allan.
In 2018, the Rhinos suffered a bitterly disappointing 46-8 defeat at Wigan Warriors.
Liam Marshall scored a hat-trick as Wigan inflicted a seventh successive Super League defeat on champions Leeds.
Brett Ferres capitalised on a collision between John Bateman and Sam Tomkins to give Leeds the perfect start.
But two Marshall tries, one from Josh Woods and five Tomkins goals gave Wigan a 22-4 half-time advantage.
Further tries from Liam Farrell, Thomas Leuluai, Tom Davies and Marshall’s hat-trick score eased Wigan clear, with Joel Moon’s effort a mere consolation.
The game would prove to be Brian McDermott’s final game in charge of the club. McDermott was the most successful ever coach in the club’s history having won four Grand Finals, two Challenge Cups, a League Leaders Shield and World Club Challenge since taking over from Brian McClennan for the 2011 season.
On this day in 1988 Great Britain were defeated 14-34 by Australia in Brisbane. In the Great Britain side that day was Leeds man Roy Powell. The defeat was Great Britain’s 15th in a row to the Australians.