On this Day – 21st July

ON THIS DAY in 2000 the Rhinos extended a two month winning streak with a 42-22 victory over London Broncos at Headingley in 2000. Starting the day seven points behind Wigan in third, Leeds needed a win to close the gap.

In the opening half, the Rhinos gained a repeat set on the Broncos tryline, courtesy of Ryan Sheridan and Iestyn Harris, and quickly moved the ball out to New Zealand centre Richie Blackmore who outmuscled Jon Roper to score the opening points. Graham Mackay’s break down the sideline doubled Leeds’ lead before Andy Hay took a short pass from Sheridan to power over for his third try in as many matches.

Mackay got his second before the half time whistle, breaking the line from fifteen metres out to score. Leeds would continue their momentum in the second half, scoring another four tries. Lee Jackson cut open the London defence to set Sheridan free to score under the posts. Francis Cummins put Leeds’ lead to over 30 points before Iestyn Harris got his second of the match, stepping around Peter Lupton to scurry over. To round off the result, Keith Senior took an inside pass from Daryl Powell to seal a convincing 42-22 win.

ON THIS DAY in 2002, following back to back defeats in the league, the Rhinos got back on track with a 38-10 win over Halifax. Playing at The Shay, it was a day to remember for coach Daryl Powell, who celebrated his 37th birthday on matchday.

Mark Calderwood helped Leeds to an early lead but Stuart Donlan responded for Halifax. Karl Pratt’s try was also equalled by Donlan as the sides went in level at the break. In the second half, Sinfield’s penalty got Leeds an early advantage before Calderwood stepped through tackles to secure his second of the afternoon. With momentum behind the Rhinos, Sinfield added another penalty goal and a try after Robbie Beckett dropped a high bomb. Keith Senior had Ryan Bailey and Karl Pratt to thank for his try before captain Francis Cummins scored under the posts to seal the win.

ON THIS DAY in 2016 the Rhinos ended the regular season with a 24-20 win over fellow strugglers Hull Kingston Rovers at Craven Park. Matty Marsh opened the scoring for the Robins early on but Jimmy Keinhorst and Rob Burrow both scored to give Leeds control of the match. Maurice Blair gave the home side hope before a break by Albert Kelly sent Ken Sio away to give the Robins a four point lead.

James Segeyaro’s swung the game back in the favour of the Rhinos before Ryan Hall sealed the win three minutes from the end. Kieron Dixon crossed late for the Rovers but it wasn’t enough as Leeds finished ninth in the table heading into the Qualifiers.