Top Five ‘Final Day’ Super League clashes
As Friday’s clash between top six hopefuls Leeds Rhinos and Hull KR will be a part of a thrilling final round of matches in the Betfred Super League, we have dug into the archives for you to look back at five top clashes from previous final round dramas in years gone by.
5. 2013 – Leeds end 2013 campaign with win away at Wigan
Having not won at the DW Stadium in the league since 2008, Leeds shocked the Challenge Cup winners with one of the best performances of the season on the final day.
Ben Jones-Bishop opened the Rhinos’ account with a length of the field effort before Carl Ablett, Kallum Watkins and Joel Moon sealed the win for Leeds as they claimed their first win at Wigan for five years.
4. 2011 – Fifth place secured
Leeds’ hopes of entering the Play Offs in 2011 would be confirmed if they could muster up a win against the Giants, who had already qualified in fourth place. Zak Hardaker and Brent Webb gave Leeds the perfect start to the game but three tries from Huddersfield’s Michael Lawrence, Luke Robinson and Larne Patrick turned the scoreline in favour of the home side by half time. A double from Ryan Hall and a try for Jamie Jones-Buchanan in the second half gave Leeds the advantage and a late Sinfield drop goal ensured the Rhinos took away the two points and sealed their place in the Play Offs.
3. 2019 – Jones-Buchanan bows out in style
Leeds sent Jamie Jones-Buchanan out on a high in 2019 with a convincing 26-4 win over Warrington Wolves at Emerald Headingley. Liam Sutcliffe, Rob Lui, Luke Briscoe and Adam Cuthbertson all scored the tries for the home side but it was Jones-Buchanan’s conversion that sealed the result as the forward scored his final points before hanging up the boots.
2. 2009- League Leaders’ Shield delight at Salford
The League Leaders’ Shield was within Leeds’ sights when Brian McClennan’s side travelled to The Willows in 2009, with the Rhinos needing a win to take their first piece of silverware of the year. Salford’s Luke Adamson and John Wilshere looked to upset the Leeds party with early tries but Kallum Watkins, Jay Pitts, Luke Burgess, Brent Webb and Carl Ablett all scored to turn the score back in Leeds’ favour. Despite being 30-12 down, Salford came back again; Stuart Littler and Stefan Ratchford touching down to get the Leeds fans sweating. But the Rhinos held out, clinching the Shield for a second time.
1. 2015 – Ryan Hall…
The best ending to a Super League season came in 2015 when the Rhinos travelled to face Huddersfield Giants with the League Leaders’ Shield on the line.
Stevie Ward’s early try looked promising for Brian McDermott’s men but tries from Jermaine McGillvary and Jamie Ellis seemed to have upset the Leeds party. Briscoe’s try with seven minutes left levelled the scores up but in the final few seconds, with the Shield on it’s way to Wigan, Ryan Hall collected a chip over the top from Danny McGuire to win the match and the Rhinos’ second piece of silverware of the season.
Leeds Rhinos and Hull KR will meet in a ‘winner takes all’ clash at Emerald Headingley on Friday night. The evening will also be an emotional night as the Rhinos will also say farewell to Konrad Hurrell, King Vuniyayawa, Rob Lui and Alex Sutcliffe at the final home game of the season.
You can now book your place at the biggest game of the season at Emerald Headingley at tickets.therhinos.co.uk or by calling 0371 423 1315 (Monday to Friday 10.30am – 3.30pm). Please be aware that the ticket office at Emerald Headingley Stadium is not open on non-match days.
The match will also be available to watch on Sky Sports for those unable to attend the game.