On this Day – 4th August
Leeds Rhinos Women v Castleford Tigers Women During the Women's Challenge Cup Final 2018 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, Cheshire
On this day in 1928 Great Britain played their first Test game against New Zealand. The Lions had beaten the New Zealanders on their last four meetings but on this occasion lost 13-17 in Auckland. There was just one Leeds man among the team that day – Jim Brough who claimed his third cap, having made his debut earlier that year against Australia.
On this day in 1974 the Lions were one again in New Zealand and played their second game of the tour, having lost their first game a week earlier. Leeds man Les Dyl was in the side that day and scored a try in the game to see his side win 17-8. It was Les’ second try for the side in four games having made his debut earlier that year.
On this day in 1996 Leeds Rhinos played Bradford at Headingley. The sides had already met twice that year, having played each other once in the semi final of the Challenge Cup and once in the league, the Rhinos had lost on both occasions. Leeds though had ended their losing run in the league a week earlier and were looking for a win to move away from the bottom pack, Bradford were battling it out at the opposite end of the table and also needed a win to stay with the leaders. It was not to be the Rhinos day though and the Bulls inflicted their best ever defeat over the Rhinos, scoring 56 points to Leeds’ 18. Try scorers for the Rhinos that day were Patrick Handley, who scored two and Adam Hughes who also claimed two. Sateki Tuipilotu was on kicking duty that day after the late withdrawal of Graham Holroyd and scored one goal in front of a 10,505 crowd at Headingley.
On this day in 2000 the Rhinos were once again at home to play Hull. Leeds came into the game on the back of 10 straight wins and were 4th in the league, Hull were two places behind and were needing a win to confirm their play off position. Ryan Sheridan opened the scoring for the Rhinos on two minutes and Hull then responded with a try on 15 minutes from Craig Poucher. Leeds though increased their lead before half time when Sheridan scored his second and man of the match Francis Cummins added another. In the second half Leeds wrapped up the victory with tries from Karl Pratt, Graham MacKay and Richie Blackmore. Iestyn Harris scored 5 tries that gave the Rhinos the 34-18 victory – their fourth over Hull since they entered Super League.
In 2006 the Rhinos travelled to Hull in Super League action but came away empty handed after a 23-16 loss. Jamie Thackray made his Rhinos debut against his former club and fellow new signing Clinton Toopi also made his Leeds bow, but neither were able to lift their team, who were looking to bounce back from their Challenge Cup exit the previous week.
The Hull team dominated throughout, continuing their amazing run under Peter Sharp by picking up their 14th win in 15 games. Paul Cooke returned to the side and was prominent throughout.
In 2017 the Rhinos were in action against Wigan Warriors at Emerald Headingley in the Super 8s.
A hat trick from Stevie Ward and two tries from Ashton Golding helped the Rhinos kick off their Super 8s campaign in style.
In 2018, Leeds Rhinos Women captured their first piece of silverware with a dramatic Challenge Cup Final win over Castleford Tigers at Warrington.
The Rhinos secured a thrilling and historic victory, as they ran out 20-14 winners against a fiery Castleford outfit.