On this Day – 7th August

On this day in 1920 the Northern Union won the series in New Zealand with a hard earned victory in the second Test in Christchurch at Lancaster Park. Despite the dismal conditions, the tourists produced some attractive rugby to win 19-3. Leeds’ Jim Bacon crossed for the final try of the game.

In 2005, Ashley Gibson made a dream debut as he scored 22 points in a 74-0 win over Leigh Centurions at Hilton Park. The youngster crossed for a hat trick as well as kicking five goals with the Champions running in 14 unanswered tries to confirm Leigh’s relegation from Super League after just one season in the top flight.

Mark Calderwood, Danny McGuire and Ryan Bailey also touched down twice each for Leeds.

In 2010 Leeds and St Helens met in another classic Challenge Cup semi final clash at Huddersfield.

Saints seemed to be in control when they led 18-8 at the break thanks to three quick tries from Paul Wellens, Keiron Cunningham and Francis Meli. 

But after Matt Gidley and Ryan Hall had exchanged scores, Leeds regained the lead through Brent Webb and McGuire. 

James Graham put Saints ahead again but McGuire dived over late on to win it.

In 2011, the Rhinos were back in action in the Challenge Cup semi final this time taking on local rivals Castleford Tigers at Doncaster‘s Keepmoat Stadium.

The Tigers pulled off a major surprise before the game by selecting talisman Rangi Chase, who had been overseas in the build up to the match.

Kevin Sinfield kicked a penalty in sudden death extra time to beat Castleford and earn Leeds a place in a second successive Challenge Cup final.

A Sinfield penalty separated the sides at the break but a fine individual try from Chase put Castleford ahead. 

Two Kirk Dixon penalties extended their lead but Kallum Watkins’ late converted try took the game to extra time. 

Sinfield then sealed a Wembley date with Wigan by slotting home after a high tackle on Danny McGuire.

In 2015 the Rhinos were in action in the Super 8s as they welcomed Warrington Wolves to Headingley and produced one of their best performances of the season with a 49-10 win over Tony Smith’s side.

Kevin Penny raced away for the first of two tries to put the visitors ahead, who gave a debut to Chris Sandow.

But tries from Kallum Watkins, Tom Briscoe, Zak Hardaker and Danny McGuire saw Rhinos lead 24-6 at half-time.

Hardaker’s stunning second try plus efforts from Joel Moon, Rob Burrow and Carl Ablett, and 17 points from Kevin Sinfield, underlined Leeds’ dominance.