Flashback: Five Top Super League Meetings vs Huddersfield Giants
Ahead of Sunday’s Super League return, here is a look back at some of our top home and away Super League meetings against Huddersfield Giants.
The first time the two sides met in Super League came in 1998 and there was nothing Huddersfield could do to stop Graham Murray’s side, who had started the league season unbeaten. Leading try scorer Francis Cummins and Marcus St Hilaire led the way for Leeds, both scoring braces, while Andy Hay, Ryan Sheridan, Tony Kemp and Graham Holroyd also touched down for the Rhinos. Iestyn Harris finished the game with an impressive 22 points too, scoring a try and kicking nine goals.
A year later, Harris produced a historic 42 points performance at Headingley to help Graham Murray’s side to an easy 86-6 victory over the struggling Giants. Besides the 13 goals he kicked, the half back added four tries that day to take his tally for the season to 15. Winger Paul Sterling also recorded a hat trick whilst Marcus St Hilaire, Ryan Sheridan, Martin Masella, Andy Speak, Marvin Golden, Andy Farrell and Francis Cummins all crossed the whitewash.
Leeds’ hopes of entering the Play Offs in 2011 would be confirmed if they could muster up a win against the Giants, who had already qualified in fourth place. Zak Hardaker and Brent Webb gave Leeds the perfect start to the game but three tries from Huddersfield’s Michael Lawrence, Luke Robinson and Larne Patrick turned the scoreline in favour of the home side by half time. A double from Ryan Hall and a try for Jamie Jones-Buchanan in the second half gave Leeds the advantage and a late Sinfield drop goal ensured the Rhinos took away the two points and sealed their place in the Play Offs.
Silverware was on the line on the final day of Super League when the Rhinos and Giants met in 2015. Leeds and Wigan (who were at home to Castleford Tigers) had their sights set on the League Leaders’ Shield and nobody could have predicted what was to occur over the next 80 minutes. Stevie Ward’s early try looked promising for Brian McDermott’s men but tries from Jermaine McGillvary and Jamie Ellis seemed to have upset the Leeds party. Briscoe’s try with seven minutes left levelled the scores up but in the final few seconds, with the Shield on it’s way to Wigan, Ryan Hall collected a chip over the top from Danny McGuire to win the match and the Rhinos’ second piece of silverware of the season.
With both sides aiming to avoid relegation in 2019, Richard Agar’s Leeds side blew Huddersfield away at the John Smith’s with an important 44-0 victory. Coming off the back of defeats to both Hull KR and FC, the Rhinos were red hot as Man of the Match Konrad Hurrell and wing partner Ash Handley, who was celebrating his 100th appearance, both scored twice in the eight try mauling.