On this Day – 24th November

SID HYNES ACTION AUSTRALIA V ENGLAND WORLD CUP FINAL 1970 RUGBY LEAGUE ©VARLEY PICTURE AGENCY

On the 24th November in 1928 Leeds reclaimed the Yorkshire Cup for the first time in seven years and in day in 1973 the Australian side were in Leeds to take on the Great Britain.

ON THIS DAY in 1928 Leeds reclaimed the Yorkshire Cup for the first time in seven years. Leeds had easily made it to the final of the cup beating Hull K.R 20-5, Wakefield 24-7 and Dewsbury 16-5 on the way but the final was a much closer affair.

Feathestone were the Loiners’ opposition on this day, with the game taking place at Wakefield in stormy conditions, which made play difficult for both teams and the win came down to Leeds making the most of a Featherstone mistake. S Denton had failed to get hold of the ball, despite having much time and space and Leeds took advantage of this when Frank O’Rourke was the first to grab the ball and put it down for a try, which then Joe Thompson converted, bringing the final score to 5-0.

ON THIS DAY in 1973 the Australian side were in Leeds to take on the Great Britain team in the second Test game of their tour. Despite the British Lions claiming a win in the first Test on this occasion it was the men from down under who recorded their first victory over the side since the World Cup game in 1972.

Syd Hynes, John Atkinson and Ray Batten were the Leeds players who were part of the team that day and it was to be the last appearance for Batten, who had made his debut back in 1969. Hynes went onto play just one more game for the team, ending his Great Britain career after 13 appearances in the following final Test game.

John Atkinson however went onto have a long career with the Lions, making his final appearance 12 years and 26 appearances after his debut in 1980. In this game former Leeds man Terry Clawson was the only point scorer was Great Britain, kicking 3 goals to bring the final score to 14-6 to the Aussies.