On this Day – 28th July
ON THIS DAY in 1996 the Rhinos faced French opposition for the first time at Headingley in Super League, when coach John Kear brought his Paris St Germain team to Leeds. The teams had already met earlier in the season and Leeds had claimed a 40-14 win over them – which was one of only four wins for Leeds so far in the season. On this occasion the Rhinos were once again triumphant with Tony Kemp and Mick Shaw both scoring a try each and Graham Holroyd scoring two tries and sevens goals.
The most surprising moment of the day though was the appearance of Head Coach Dean Bell, who once again put on his playing boots to help his Leeds team back to winning ways. The Rhinos had lost their previous four games and needed the win to help them avoid relegation. The desperate situation at Headingley saw Bell make the surprise decision to put on a Leeds shirt for the first time in ten years and it proved to be the right move for him, as he made a dream comeback by scoring a try that raised the biggest cheer of the day as it helped seal the Rhinos a 34-12 win.