On this Day – 8th May
ON THIS DAY in 1998 Leeds played London Broncos in the league. Coming into the game the Rhinos had not lost a single game in Super League but had dropped points at home to Castleford when they had only managed a draw against their local rivals.
This game was another closely fought competition, but one in which the Rhinos just edged. Brad Godden and Richie Blackmore scored the Rhinos only tries, whilst Iestyn Harris kicked 3 vital goals to give Leeds a 14-13 win.
ON THIS DAY in 1963 Leeds played Workington Town for the second time that season. In the first meeting the Loiners had lost 14-7 but they then bounced back from this, going onto win their five subsequent games. In this game Mick Shoebottom scored two tries and George Simpson, Don Robinson and Lewis Jones all scored one each. Jones also kicked 4 goals to ensure Leeds were the 23-7 victors.
In 2014, Leeds made the short trip to face Castleford Tigers in Super League action.
Two tries apiece from Kallum Watkins and Ben Jones-Bishop helped propel the Rhinos to a 22-14 win in a close contest.
ON THIS DAY, two former Leeds players were born.
Full back Morvin Edwards was signed by Doug Laughton from Upper Hutt – for whom he won a premiership – when it was feared that John Gallagher might not make the grade, his two seasons at Leeds was his second spell in the British game, having scored five tries in ten matches for Swinton in 1988-9.
A stalwart of Wellington and Maori rugby, playing the touring Lions in 1990 with both sides – and helping Wellington to a sensational win – that earned him a place on the Kiwis tour here later that year, kicking two goals against PNG on the way over. In all, he donned the New Zealand shirt ten times, the last in France in 1993.
He played in 32 matches of his debut season at Leeds, crossing for seven tries, including a brace at York in the Challenge Cup – but with the acquisition of Alan Tait only pulled wore the colours another five times. Expected to go to Oldham, he instead had a renaissance in the Australian club game, first with Balmain and then Penrith, scoring ten tries and two goals in 64 overall appearances, retiring in 1998.
Scrum half Patrick Entat joined Leeds on 23rd May 1994 and made his debut on the opening day of the season at Workington. An injury to Alan Tait gave the French Test captain his chance as Doug Laughton was forced to shuffle his team around. Graham Holroyd moved to full-back, Garry Schofield to stand-off role and Entat came in at scrum-half for the opening day 22-14 win.
He went on to start the next 14 games for Leeds scoring his first try for the club away at Doncaster in his third appearance. Entat, who had originally caught the interest of English fans with some impressive performances for Hull FC in the 1990-91 season, certainly captured the imagination of fans and players alike with his impish style. Unfortunately for him, the return of Tait from injury and the need to fit young starlet Graham Holroyd and star Garry Schofield in the team meant Entat was forced out of the half backs and the side.
He made a substitute appearance in the memorable home win over Wigan 33-28 in front of over 20,000 fans at Headingley. He then had to bide his time until a return to the starting line up to face lowly Ryedale York in the Cup but he would only make four more appearances for Leeds before leaving the club, although that did include a over his old club, Hull FC, in his penultimate appearance. He returned to France for the start of Super League in 1996 and was a regular for Paris St Germain and France in that first season.