On this Day – 5th June

Ali Lauitiiti

On THIS DAY in 1998 the Rhinos were at home to play Huddersfield Giants and recorded their biggest win to date that season. Leeds were yet to be defeated in the league so far and had already won against Bradford, Wigan and St Helens. Francis Cummins and Marcus St Hillaire were both in try scoring form in this clash, both touching down for two tries each. Andy Hay, Ryan Sheridan, Tony Kemp and Graham Holroyd also scored a try apiece and Iestyn Harris added the rest of the points with a try and 9 goals.

ON THIS DAY in 2004 Leeds played Bradford away and the Rhinos who were top of Super League going into the game extended their advantage at the top of the table with a convincing win, in front of a crowd of 23,375, the second-highest in the history of Super League. The Rhinos suffered an early blow when prop Ryan Bailey was injured in the first tackle of the game and had to leave the field but Tony Smith’s side had put themselves on course for victory with two tries in the space of four minutes from Keith Senior and Willie Poching. Ali Lauitiiti then opened his Rhinos account before Andrew Dunemann put the game beyond the Bulls in the second half. Rhinos skipper Kevin Sinfield weighed in with 10 points from five goals.