On this Day – 4th July
On this day in 2002, Leeds Rhinos took on Warrington Wolves at Headingley in a dramatic game.
A Lee Briers’ last minute drop goal gave the Wolves a shock 22-23 win. After defeats to St Helens and Widnes and a last-ditch win at Wakefield, the Rhinos needed two more points to maintain their challenge, but threw away two healthy leads in front of their home fans.
Mark Calderwood and Karl Pratt helped them into an early 10-0 lead before Ben Westwood replied for the Wolves.
Andy Hay and Chev Walker added further scores before the Wolves centre grabbed a second try to keep the Wolves in touch at 22-12 going into the break.
The second half remained scoreless until Danny Halliwell’s try cut the gap to six points going into the final ten minutes, and then Sid Domic’s score, converted by Lee Briers, levelled the match.
The Welsh international then added a 35-yard drop goal in the final minute to snatch a dramatic point for the relegation threatened Wolves.
In 2004, the Rhinos travelled to the Halliwell Jones Stadium to face Warrington Wolves on their way to Grand Final glory that season.
Leeds recorded an emphatic 38-22 win on their first visit to the Halliwell Jones Stadium with tries from Marcus Bai, Chev Walker, Matt Diskin, Francis Cummins, Chris McKenna and two tries from Danny McGuire.
Warrington’s replies came through Brent Grose and Nat Wood.
In 2008, Leeds were on the road to Wigan Warriors in Super League action and it was another nail biter.
A brave second half fightback by the Rhinos could not prevent them from slipping to a 23-22 defeat at JJB Stadium.
The Rhinos seemed to be heading for a heavy defeat when they trailed 23-6 with only 20 minutes remaining however they fought back with three tries and could have snatched victory in the last second when Rob Burrow’s penalty attempt drifted to the left of the posts.
In 2009, Leeds got the better of Hull FC at KCOM Stadium in high scoring match.
The Rhinos ran up their biggest ever score away from home against Hull FC but they needed a late Lee Smith try to secure the victory.
The Rhinos appeared in command when they led 24-6 at the break with two tries from Ryan Hall and one from Keith Senior on his 500th career appearance amongst the scorers. However, the Airlie Birds slowly chipped away at the Champions lead and they needed a drop goal from Rob Burrow followed by Smith’s late effort to ease any nerves.
In 2014, Leeds travelled to Belle Vue to face Wakefield Trinity on the back of a narrow win against Catalans Dragons the previous week.
Wildcats led through Danny Washbrook’s try but the Rhinos went in 8-6 ahead at the break, after tries from Kallum Watkins and Ben Jones-Bishop.
The hosts regained the lead when Richie Mathers was sent over by Paul Sykes, who then added his second kick.
Leeds responded through Ryan Hall’s score but Richard Owen’s unconverted try edged it for Wakefield.