On this Day – 20th February

On the 20th February in 1977 despite two tries from David Smith Leeds lost out to Bradford Northern and in 1973 Paul Gill’s brace helped the Loiners to a win over Warrington.

ON THIS DAY in 1977 Leeds who were experiencing mixed form in the season lost to Bradford Northern. Since December Leeds had managed just two wins in the league, the last coming in the fixture prior to this one against Castleford, but the side had already secured silverware for the Headingley trophy cabinet with success in the Yorkshire Cup final against Featherstone and they had ensured they were on course for another final in the Challenge Cup with a comfortable win over Batley in the first round of the competition.

In this clash though despite a brace of tries from David Smith, a single try from David Heron and 2 goals from John Holmes Leeds lost 20-13.

ON THIS DAY back in 1983 Leeds were at home to take on Warrington in the league. Coming into the game Leeds had bounced back from the disappointment of losing out to Wigan in the John Player final, by winning their next three league games and booking their place in the second round of the Challenge Cup with a win against Widnes.

The Loiners continued their good run in form in this game thanks to Andy Sykes and Tony Burke who both scored a try each, but it was Paul Gill who put in a fine display and added the rest of Leeds’ points, scoring two tries and four goals to give the Loiners a 20-5 win.

ON THIS DAY in 1987 former Leeds player Luke Burgess was born. The prop joined the Leeds Academy from Dewsbury Moor and made his first team debut in 2008. He made 81 appearances for the club and played in the Grand Final win. At the end of the 2011 season he moved to Australia to play in the NRL with South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The Champions have produced a fantastic defensive effort to fightback and defeat Hull KR 19-10 in a physical battle at Craven Park.

The Rhinos trailed 10-4 at the start of the second half and had absorbed a huge amount of pressure from the home side however they came up with answer everytime Rovers came knocking. They then hit back with tries from Ryan Hall and Kallum Watkins. Two goals and a drop goal from Kevin Sinfield sealed the win but the game was overshadowed by a serious injury to Ryan Bailey as he set up the winning try.