On this Day – 3rd August

ON THIS DAY in 1997 the Rhinos played their last game of the World Club Championship against North Queensland Cowboys at Headingley. Leeds had won only one of the games in the competition, having lost both games in Australia and claiming their only win against Adelaide at Headingley two weeks earlier. Leeds though were unable to make it 100% against Australian opposition at home and lost the match. Only Gary Mercer and Adrian Morley were able to break the Cowboys defence, both claiming a try each and Iestyn Harris added three goals, but it was not enough and the Rhinos were defeated 14-48.

ON THIS DAY in 2001 Leeds were once again at home to play a more local opposition in Halifax Blue Sox. The sides had already faced each other earlier in the season and Leeds that time had been the 38-26 winners. Coming into the game Leeds had lost one and won one of their last two games and were sitting in 5th place, Halifax had lost their last two and were in 10th place. It was Halifax though who took the lead through a Stuart Donlan try, but Mark Calderwood soon opened Leeds’ account with a try on 12 minutes. Four minutes later Donlan scored another for Halifax and this forced Leeds to step up a gear and they soon took control of the game. Karl Pratt was next on the scoreboard with his first try of the game, then Ryan Sheridan touched down before Pratt scored his second. In the second half Andy Hay and Tonie Carroll scored one each and with 6 Kevin Sinfield goals in the game the final score ended 36-17 to the Rhinos.