On this day – 16th July
ON THIS DAY in 1999, Leeds Rhinos secured their record win in the Super League era with a 86-6 win against Mal Reilly’s Huddersfield Giants side.
To catalogue the tries in this game would be too difficult a task, after all 15 tries were ran in, but there were many memorable features to the game.
Iestyn Harris took the plaudits and the Man of the Match award after grabbing four tries and thirteen kicks to surpass the record set by Leeds legend Lewis Jones. In all Iestyn grabbed a Super League points tally record of 42 points in a game.
Other credits go to Andy Speak, the hooker, who on is debut set the ball rolling by bursting through attempted tackles for the clubs first try.
Paul Sterling was back to his best to grab three brilliant tries whilst Marcus St Hilaire was not far behind him, he got two following up forward breaks.
Ryan Sheridan was as effective as ever and grabbed one, laid on a plate by Iestyn.
However, the best try on the night was probably a toss up between Marvin Golden’s length of the pitch effort and Martin Masella’s long run to the line , and the hand off that eventually saw him cross the whitewash.
Andy Cheetham got the try in response for Huddersfield.
ON THIS DAY in 2000 the Rhinos played at the Willows against Salford and came away with a hard earned 34-26 win.
Francis Cummins scored twice whilst there was a try apiece for Iestyn Harris, Lee Jackson, Kevin Sinfield and Andy Hay.
In 2006, Leeds travelled to Castleford to face the Tigers; the home side were battling to avoid relegation.
The game was a tight battle going down to the final minutes before the home side held on for a 31-30 win.
ON THIS DAY in 2010, the Rhinos managed to edge a close game on this day as they welcomed Huddersfield Giants to Headingley.
The game is remembered for a special one of kit the team wore to raise awareness for cancer research in memory of legend John Holmes, who had passed away the previous year.
Perhaps inspired by the spirit of Holmes, Leeds staged a remarkable fight back before a last second drop goal from Kevin Sinfield sealed the win.
ON THIS DAY in 1975, former Leeds hooker Mick Shaw was born.
Shaw made his debut for Leeds on 4th December 1994 in a Regal Trophy second round tie at Headingley against Swinton. The following season he went on to make 20 appearances in the Centenary Season, ten of which were in the starting line up, missing only six games over the course of the season.
In the first Super League season in 1996 he was established as Leeds’ first choice hooker and started all but two of his 18 appearances that season. However, following difficulties on and off the pitch for Leeds, the club came under new ownership and the squad was rebuilt leading to Shaw leaving the club at the start of the 1997 season.
He passed away in 2012 at the tragically young age of just 36.