On this Day – 19th March

ON THIS DAY in 1969 former Rhinos player Lee Jackson was born. When the Rhinos were looking for a specialist hooker at the end of Super League III, Gary Hetherington had no hesitation in looking up his former rake from his Sheffield days. When “Jacko” returned to Great Britain in 1999, Leeds already had Great Britain international Terry Newton at hooker but Graham Murray excellently used Newton and Jackson to change the tempo of matches and turn fortunes the Rhinos way. That was never better demonstrated than in the Challenge Cup Final in 1999 when London could not cope with “Jacko’s” running and distribution from dummy half. Lee appeared in the 2000 Challenge Cup Final as well as the 1999 Final.

ON THIS DAY in 1999 Karl Pratt made his Leeds debut against Wigan in the league. Leeds had already played Warriors that year in their opening game of their Challenge Cup campaign and on that occasion the Rhinos had defeated Wigan 28-18 but in this game the Warriors were able to inflict Leeds’ first home defeat of the season. Marvin Golden and Ryan Sheridan were the try scorers for the home side and Iestyn Harris added two goals but it was not enough as Wigan took revenge for their early Cup exit with a 26-12 victory.

ON THIS DAY in 2000 Leeds were once again in action against Wigan in Super League. So far in the league the Rhinos had lost their opening game at home against Wakefield and in this match they were unable to get back to winning ways as Wigan inflicted an embarrassing 20-6 win over them. Iestyn Harris was the only player to score for Leeds, touching down for a try before landing the conversion, but in front of a 11,200 crowd they were unable to break the Wigan defence and remained without a win in the league that year.

ON THIS DAY in 2004 the Rhinos kept up their unbeaten Super League IX start with a 36-24 win over Wigan Warriors in a thrill-a-minute encounter at Headingley.

Danny Tickle put Wigan ahead with a fourth minute penalty, Leeds hit back with two quick-fire tries to move into a 12-2 lead after 12 minutes, both coming from Kevin Sinfield kicks.

Jones-Buchanan firstly raced onto his grubber to collect ahead of Kris Radlinski and touch down, before a Stephen Wild and Martin Aspinwall failed to deal with a cross-field kick and Danny McGuire kicked on to touch down

ON THIS DAY in 2010 an injury ravaged Rhinos side slipped to a 17-10 loss to Hull KR at Headingley despite tries from Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Keith Senior and a goal from Rob Burrow.

ON THIS DAY in 2011 Zak Hardaker made his Rhinos debut against St Helens. He was recalled from Featherstone where he was on dual regustration and made an instant impact with a try. His effort alongside those from Ryan Hall and Paul McShane were not enough to prevent a 30-16 defeat, although the scoreline did not reflect the closeness of the encounter.