ON THIS DAY

On this day in 1956 Headingley played host to a touring Australian team, captained by Ken Kearney, in front of a 25,000 crowd.

ON THIS DAY in 1956 Headingley played host to the touring Australian team. Australia, captained by Ken Kearney had easily beaten Liverpool City before they took on Leeds in front of a 25,000 crowd. Lewis Jones was ruled out of the game and Leeds were forced to make changes with their entire first choice three quarter line out of action. The visitors from down under began well and Ian Moir soon put them in lead with a try in the corner. McLellan though scored to bring Leeds back into the game and Dunn and Joe Anderson teamed up to put Don Robinson in a position to score a try which Dunn converted. When the second half kicked off Leeds were 8-3 in front and they dominated the start, but against the run of play Watson set up Moir who scored his second try for the Australians and the conversion brought the game level. Moments later Holman scored a try down the middle and Clifford added another conversion to see the Australians take the lead 13-8. With 10 minutes to go, the Loiners had not given up hope of recording a historic win over the Aussies and Billy Pratt found a small gap to score a try which Dunn once again converted. Stevenson continued to put pressure on the visitors and then Bernard Prior scored to the delight of the home fans. Dunn’s conversion brought the final score to 18-13 to Leeds.

ON THIS DAY in 2019 Leeds Rhinos defeated Warrington Wolves 26-4 in the final round of the Betfred Super League.

The Wolves had inflicted a 26-6 opening day defeat against the Rhinos, but Richard Agar’s side were able to end the season on a high thanks to trues from Liam Sutcliffe, Rob Lui, Adam Cuthbertson and Luke Briscoe.