On this Day – 27th November

Leeds Rhinos Ryan Hall is tackled during the Super League clash between Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos.

On the 27th November in years gone by Leeds have been in action against Swinton, Salford and Castleford and Rhinos great Ryan Hall was born.

ON THIS DAY in 1983 Leeds were on the road to play Swinton in the third round of the John Player Special competition. The Loiners had already defeated Blackpool in the first round then Hull KR at home in the second. In the competition the year before Leeds had made it to the final but had been defeated at Elland Road against Wigan in the decider.

This year they were looking to go one better and with victory over Swinton in this game it looked like they were on their way to doing it.

David Creasser, Ian Wilkinson and Dean Bell all scored tried each and Creasser also crucially kicked two goal to send Leeds into the semi with a 16-12 win.

ON THIS DAY in 1988 Leeds played Salford for the first time that season in the league. Coming into the game Leeds had lost their last two games, firstly they had been knocked out of the John Player Special competition by Castleford then they had lost their third league fixture against Warrington.

In this game Carl Gibson notched up two tries and Andrew Ettinghausen and Mark Brooke-Cowden and both scored one each. David Stephenson kicked the rest of the Loiners points with two conversions, bringing the final score to 24-6.

ON THIS DAY in 1990 Leeds won their third consecutive league game against Castleford.

In the two games before this Leeds had recorded two high victories, the first a 64-4 league win against Rochdale followed by a 58-6 victory in the first round of the Regal Trophy against Halifax.

This game saw Leeds once again finish as comfortable winners with Mike Kuiti scoring a hat trick and Steve Molloy, Garry Schofield, Simon Irving and John Gallagher all touching down for one apiece. Simon Irving kicked five goals and Schofield scored one, whilst Paul Harkin added a drop goal to seal the 41-16 win.

ON THIS DAY Rhinos legend Ryan Hall was born. The Leeds born winger, came through the Rhinos Academy and went onto make 330 appearances for the club and become one of the most successful players in the club’s history.

He was a Challenge Cup winner in 2014 and 2015 and played in seven Grand Final wins and one World Club Challenge victory and scored an incredible 233 tries.