Flashback: Five Challenge Cup Quarter Final Matches
Leigh's Jordan Baldwinson is tackled by Leeds' Adam Cuthbertson and Mikolaj Oledzki.
Ahead of Friday’s Coral Challenge Cup quarter final meeting with Hull KR, let’s take a look back at some of our favourite last eight matches…
It was a memorable day at Headingley in 1995 as Ellery Hanley surpassed 100 tries for Leeds with a hat trick in a 50-16 demolition of Workington Town in the Challenge Cup. Hanley stole the headlines with his three tries whilst Francis Cummins, Richie Eyres, Kevin Iro, George Mann and Garry Schofield also crossed the whitewash as Leeds moved 80 minutes away from Wembley.
The Rhinos came up against Widnes Vikings in the last eight of the 1999 Silk Cut Challenge Cup as Graham Murray’s side looked to lift the Cup for the first time since 1977-78. Unbeaten at the start of the new season, and having already defeated Wigan and St Helens in rounds four and five, the Rhinos walked over the Vikings 46-10 at AutoQuest Stadium, thanks to a hat trick from Andy Hay and a brace from Kevin Sinfield. Leroy Rivett, Marvin Golden, Brad Godden and Barrie McDermott were also on the scoresheet as Leeds strolled through to a semi final meeting with local rivals Bradford.
In a rematch of the 1999 Cup final, Leeds and London met at Headingley in the quarter finals in 2005. Unlike the 52-16 scoreline on that day, the Rhinos settled for a 32-12 result to progress through; Chev Walker, Rob Burrow, Keith Senior, Marcus Bai and Danny McGire (twice) getting over the try line to sink the Broncos, who’s only try scorers were Nick Bradley-Qalilawa and Solomon Haumono.
Leeds had a more favourable run through to the semi finals of the 2017 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup, beating Doncaster, Barrow and then Featherstone Rovers all at home. Coming off the back of big wins in the competition, the Rhinos were too good for Featherstone, nilling the visitors and scoring ten tries in a 58-0 win. Two tries a piece for Brad Singleton and Ash Handley were highlights as the Rhinos progressed to face Hull FC for a place in the final.
Played at Featherstone Rovers’ stadium, the Rhinos’ 2018 quarter-final against Leigh Centurions posed no problems for the ‘home’ side. Despite going 6-0 up early on, Leigh’s Peter Mata’utia was red carded for a tackle on Matt Parcell and that proved the undoing of the Centurions. Leeds went on to score nine tries following the full back’s dismissal, including a quick fire double for Tom Briscoe plus tries for Jack Walker, Jimmy Keinhorst, Richie Myler, Ash Golding, Adam Cuthbertson, Ash Handley and Cameron Smith as Leeds walked through to the semi finals.