On this Day – 6th June

Danny McGuire is grounded by Lee Radford and Craig Hall

ON THIS DAY in 1942 Leeds played Halifax in the Challenge Cup Final. The Cup had been suspended for a season during the war but had been brought back in 1941.

Leeds were among a number of clubs who were automatically put through to the second round and with a host of guest players joining the Loiners over the season the team made it to this final played at Odsal. The qualifying rounds were played on two legs and in the first game Leeds had actually lost to Wakefield 3-0, but then went onto turn over the result in the second round with a 8-0 win.

The Loiners then saw off Hull and Oldham to make it to the final to face Halifax for the second consecutive season. Returning for the team that day was a man who had helped the club win the Cup for the first time – Jim Brough and also in the side were two men on loan from Salford; Gus Risman and Alan Edwards. Both proved to be major influential figures in the game, Edwards scoring two tries and Risman adding 3 goals and with a try from Oliver Morris the game ended 15-10 to Leeds.

ON THIS DAY in 2008, Leeds welcomed Hull FC to Emerald Headingley in Super League action.

Leeds Rhinos overcame a major scare to maintain their six point lead at the top of the table to beat Hull FC.

The Rhinos trailed 18-0 midway through the first half but fought back with a sensational display of attacking rugby to win 38-22 including a wonderful solo effort by Scott Donald.

ON THIS DAY in 2009, Leeds travelled to Perpignan to face Catalans Dragons. A last minute try from Cyril Stactul gave Catalans Dragons a dramatic win over the Rhinos at the Stade Brutus Gilbert.

The Dragons had established a 28-12 lead but with three Rhinos tries in eight minutes it looked like the Champions would snatch the win. The homeside did not put their heads down though and threw everything and Leeds in search of the winning try and it came with less than a minute left a clock, with Cyril Stactul the hero for the jubilant Dragons’ supporters.

ON THIS DAY in 2014, Leeds welcomed Championship side Leigh Centurions to Headingley in the Challenge Cup and the Rhinos managed to avoid a major upset on their way to Wembley.

Leeds Rhinos needed two late tries to book their place in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup semi final on a nervous night at Headingley.

Leeds scored 13 points inside the final eight minutes of the game to book their place in the semi final of the cup. Young hooker Robbie Ward finally broke the deadlock when he reacted quickest as Leigh shot out of the line anticipating a drop goal and he went over from dummy half.

Leeds then put the game beyond any doubt when Robbie Ward and Peacock combined to put Hardaker away and he was never going to be stopped. Sinfield added the conversion to make the final score 25-12 on a nerve wracking night for the Rhinos. The game saw Josh Walters make his debut for the Rhinos.