On this day – 29th June
On this day in 1997 Leeds were at home at to Bradford for the first time that season. Leeds lost 16-32 and it was the third time they had been defeated by the Bulls since the start of Super League. Barrie McDermott and Gary Mercer were try scorers and Iestyn Harris scored 4 goals in front of the highest crowd at Headingley that season – 19,137, and their highest since Super League began. This was the Rhinos first match back in England, having faced Australian opposition the previous two games in the World Club Championship.
On this day in 2001 Leeds were on the road, this time to face Castleford and on this occasion the Rhinos were narrowly defeated 26-28 by the Tigers. Anthony Farrell, Barrie McDermott, Iestyn Harris scored a try each and the seasons highest try scorer Tonie Carroll added 2 more. Harris also scored 3 goals.
Back in 2014, teenager Liam Sutcliffe denied Catalan Dragons their first win at Leeds with the last kick of a dramatic encounter.
Morgan Escare slotted a drop goal with three minutes remaining before Sutcliffe stole victory with a penalty. A Zeb Taia brace, Escare and Eloi Pelissier tries had put Dragons in control at 24-14 in the second half.
Daryl Millard made it 30-30 for Catalans with Leeds’ tries coming from Ryan Hall, Ben Jones-Bishop, Joel Moon (2), Josh Walters and Carl Ablett. After Escare edged the French side ahead late on, the Dragons lacked composure to seal a momentous victory at Headingley.
The visitors lost possession from the restart when the ball failed to go 10 metres and conceded a penalty for obstruction while in possession in the last moments of the match. Sutcliffe, 19, who came in as cover for injured captain Kevin Sinfield, held his nerve to land a 30-metre injury-time goal.
On this day back in 1914 Great Britain travelled to Sydney to take on Australia, and in front of a crowd of 55,000 lost 7-12. It was the second match of the tour, Great Britain having won the previous encounter 23-5. In the side that day was Leeds forward Billy Jarman, who was to make what turned out to be his last game for the side, as on his return from the tour he was called up to serve his country in the First World War.
On this day in 1936 Great Britain were once again in Sydney for another attempt at defeating the Australians at home. They were however to lose 8-24 in the first game of the tour. In the Great Britain team was Stan Brogden, who had been Leeds’ record signing two years previous when he had joined from Huddersfield, he made a suitable impression on the Australians who rated him as the quickest they had seen.