Top Five Super League Moments vs Huddersfield Giants
Leeds's Luke Gale kicks the game-winning drop goal during the Golden Point against Huddersfield.
Leeds and Huddersfield Giants meet at the John Smith’s Stadium in the fifth round of the Betfred Super League this Sunday afternoon.
Ahead of the match, we are taking a trip down memory lane by looking at five of the top moments from our previous Super League League clashes against the Giants.
5. 2001 – Carroll the hat trick hero
Coming off the back of two straight defeats in the League, Leeds got a well deserved lift in spirits as they glided past Huddersfield 32-26, thanks to a hat trick from Tonie Carroll. Take a look at his best try from that game here.
4. 2018 – Handley leaves it late to draw stalemate
Against the Giants in 2018, the Rhinos had to settle for a share of the points at the John Smith’s Stadium after they fought back from 12-0 down to lead 16-14 midway through the second half. A try from Adam O’Brien looked to have given the home side the win but in the dying moments, Ash Handley was on hand to make sure the final score was 22-22.
3. 2011 – Leeds book Play Off spot
In 2011, Leeds travelled to Huddersfield knowing a win would secure them fifth place and a home tie in the first round of the Play Offs. The Giants had already qualified in the top four but couldn’t stop Leeds, who ran five tries passed the home side, plus a drop goal from Kevin Sinfield. The pick of the tries came for Jamie Jones-Buchanan, who took a great inside ball from Sinfield to score under the posts.
2. 1998 – Rhinos record highest Super League score against Giants
At the MacAlpine Stadium in 1998, the Rhinos recorded their biggest win over Huddersfield in the Super League era. The Giants were new to the League and caught Leeds on a five match winning run, which Graham Murray’s side continued with a 72-16 result. Kevin Sinfield scored his first senior try for the club in the win, while Leroy Rivett finished off a move that started in Leeds’ own 20 metre area.
1. 2020 – Gale’s golden drop goal
In a stand out moment of the 2020 season, Luke Gale scored the winning drop goal to help Leeds claim their first win of the season restart. Leeds had fought back from 26-6 down to level the match, which was their first game back after Super League was suspended temporarily, and send the teams into golden point extra time. Lee Gaskell missed Huddersfield’s first chance of a one-pointer but Gale didn’t miss his chance, slotting the ball between the uprights.