On this Day – 13th March

ON THIS DAY in 2004, the Rhinos lost their first game under the leadership of Tony Smith as they crashed out of the Powergen Challenge Cup at Knowsley Road.  The Rhinos had easily dispensed with Workington in the previous round but came unstuck against a St Helens side that went on to win the Cup that year at the Millennium Stadium against Wigan.

The Rhinos scored tries through Danny McGuire and Ryan Bailey but St Helens sealed a 24-14 win in the final moments. Saints came from 14-8 down to avenge the previous year’s heart-breaking semi-final defeat by the Rhinos but it was a close-run thing as the lead changed hands four times in the first 43 minutes. Full-back Paul Wellens was the St Helens’ hero, scoring two of his side’s four tries to set up the winning position and then leading a magnificent defensive effort as the Rhinos piled on the pressure in the second half.

The Rhinos only had themselves to blame for failing to hold onto their lead as three of Saints’ tries came directly from handling errors deep inside their own territory.

ON THIS DAY in 2009 the Rhinos enjoyed a successful return to Headingley Carnegie by out playing Wigan to record a 34-10 win over the Warriors.

Ryan Hall scored twice for Leeds whilst Carl Ablett produced a man of the match winning performance with some powerful runs. The night was capped by a successful return from injury for full back Brent Webb.

ON THIS DAY in 2015 Leeds Rhinos unbeaten start to the season came to an end at the Halliwell Jones Stadium as they lost out 18-6 to Warrington Wolves.

This was always going to be the toughest encounter of the season so far for the Rhinos on a ground that has been a nightmare venue in the league in recent years.
Ashton Golding made his first start for the club at full back in the only change to the starting line up whilst Brett Delaney made his return from injury on the bench.