On this Day – 11th August

Leeds Rhinos v Toulouse Middle eights 11th aug 2018 Richie Myler looks to break free

ON THIS DAY in 1979 the Great Britain team were in action in their last Test game against New Zealand. The Rhinos had won the previous two encounters but this time were defeated 11-18 in front of a 7,000 crowd in Auckland. In the team that day was John Holmes, who collected his 19th cap and David Ward making his 10th appearance for Great Britain.

ON THIS DAY in 2001 the Rhinos were at home to Bradford Bulls for the second time that season. Leeds had won their last two games and were in 5th position in the league, Bradford were also also looking for their third straight win and had been in the top position for the majority of the season. Bradford began the game well with a try from Henry Paul on the 4 minute mark, Scott Naylor and Tevita Vaikona then added one each before the Rhinos had even got on the scoreboard and this came when Karl Pratt scored a try in the second half which Kevin Sinfield to be converted and this was to be the Rhinos only try of the day as the Bulls ran in a further 2 tries in the second have and with Henry Paul’s 7 goals the Rhinos were defeated 6-34.

ON THIS DAY in 2006, Leeds took on Wigan at Headingley and lost out 18-20 in a thrilling contest with Kevin Sinfield’s late conversion attempt hitting the post and rebounding away.

The game included one of the most spectacular tries of the summer era scored by Ali Lauitiiti as he dived one handed to touch down in the corner passed Chris Ashton.

ON THIS DAY in 2018, the Rhinos faced Toulouse Olympique in the Super 8s Qualifiers at Emerald Headingley in the opening game of the competition.

The match was played in blistering heat in the middle of the day and the home side were given a thorough test by their French opponents in the first half.

ON THIS DAY in 1963 former Leeds player Neil Battye was born in Dewsbury.

Battye was a second rower who played for Castleford, Leeds and Featherstone Rovers in the 1980s and 1990s. He made his debut for Castleford in 1983 and was part of the Tigers side who won the 1990 Yorkshire Cup against Wakefield and retained the trophy the following year against Bradford Northern. He moved to Leeds in 1993 after a decade at Castleford. He made only one appearance for Leeds against Bradford at Odsal on 28th November 1993.