On this day – 24th August
ON THIS DAY in 1988 former Rhinos player Ben Jones-Bishop was born. Signed or the club’s Academy, he made a big impression and made his debut for the first team in 2008 against Crusaders. He made four appearances that season and a further two in 2009 before joining Harlequins on loan in 2010, where he scored 11 tries in 18 games.
He returned to the Rhinos in 2011 and made an instant impression in his first game back against Bradford, when he claimed a hat trick. He played and scored in that year’s Challenge Cup Final defeat to Wigan and then played in the winning Grand Final team against St Helens.
He won helped the Rhinos to the 2012 Grand Final with a try against Warrington and that year was the second highest try scorer behind Ryan Hall, with 23 tries in 32 appearances.
He played a further 26 times for the Rhinos over the next two seasons, before going on to join Salford and then Wakefield.
ON THIS DAY in 2001 the Rhinos hosted Wigan Warriors at Headingley. Both teams were in the top half of the table and looking to secure their play off spot as the regular season came to a close.
Kevin Sinfield, Mark Calderwood and Robbie Mears all crossed for the Rhinos and Francis Cummins and Rob Burrow were on target with the goals, but the Warriors proved to strong on that day and claimed the 38-18 win and went onto finish second in the league.