On this Day – 10th July
On this day in 1998 Leeds played Salford in Super League. It was the second tome the sides had met that year in the competition, with the Rhinos taking the 31-12 victory in the first meeting. After that game the Rhinos went onto win their next five games. Coming into this match Leeds had lost their second league game of the year against Bradford Bulls but thanks to three tries from Francis Cummins they were able to bounce back from defeat to win 34-16. Marvin Golden, Graham Holroyd and Ryan Sheridan also scored a try apiece and Iestyn Harris added the rest of the points with 5 goals.
In 2009, Leeds travelled to Belle Vue in a classic encounter for Brian McClennan’s side.
Scott Donald grabbed a stunning win for Leeds with a last-minute try that left Wakefield shell-shocked. Trinity looked on course for their first home win over the champions since 1992 when they led 30–16 but three tries in the final 15 minutes, including two in the last four, got the Rhinos out of jail. Ali Lauitiiti and Rob Burrow both crossed to set up a dramatic finish before Donald went over with the final play of the match to snatch a dramatic two points for the champions.
In 2011, the Rhinos were in the South of France to take on Catalans Dragons in Super League action.
Catalan Dragons’ veteran second row Steve Menzies was among the points as the hosts ran in seven tries against Leeds for a 38-18 win.
The 37-year-old crossed in the second half after Sebastien Raguin, Frederic Vaccari and Damien Blanch scored before the break, along with Leeds’ Ryan Hall.
Rhinos threatened a comeback through Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Danny Buderus.
But the Dragons pulled away thanks to tries by Clint Greenshields, Vincent Duport and Vaccari’s second.
On this day in 1980 former Rhino Karl Pratt was born in Leeds. When the Rhinos announced that they had secured the signature of Karl Pratt in early November ’98 it was one of the biggest transfer fees ever for a teenager. In his first season in Super League he struggled to establish himself in the Rhinos side but took it in his stride and came back even stronger in 2000 to become a first team regular. In 2001 he was Mr Versatility when he played on the wing, stand off, scrum half and even hooker but returned to the wing for the majority of the 2002 season, earning representative honours with Yorkshire and Great Britain. In total for the club he started 67 games and was a replacement on 14 other occasions. He scored 38 tries for the club.