Leeds Rhinos: Five infamous defeats

The 2010s was a thrilling decade for Leeds Rhinos, but it was a rollercoaster ride.

By Peter Smith
Monday, 30th December 2019, 12:00 pm
Wembley defeat in 2010 left try scorer Lee Smith distraught. Picture by Steve Riding.
Wembley defeat in 2010 left try scorer Lee Smith distraught. Picture by Steve Riding.

As well as winning four Super League Grand Finals, Rhinos were also involved in three relegation battles.

Here we look back at five of Leeds' worst defeats from the past 10 seasons.

5: A first visit to the new Wembley, on August 28, 2010, proved a dismal experience for Leeds as they were crushed 30-6 by Warrington Wolves. They were heading for a whitewash until Lee Smith's late try.

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A hefty defeat at home to Wigan in 2012 was tough to take for players and fans alike. Picture by Steve Riding.

4: Rhinos were routed 50-8 at home by Wigan Warriors on June 1, 2012. It was only the second time in the summer era Leeds have conceded half a century of points in a home game.

3: Coach Brian McDermott's side slipped to eighth in the table - a new low at the time - after a dismal 38-18 loss at Catalans Dragons on July 10, 2011. That was a turning point and they went on to win the Grand Final from fifth place.

2: Rhinos conceded 12 tries to a red-hot Castleford Tigers team at the Jungle on March 2, 2017. The 66-10 drubbing was Leeds' heaviest Super League defeat.

1: On May 12, 2019, Leeds were dumped out of the Challenge Cup at Championship side Bradford Bulls, losing 24-22 in Richard Agar's first game as interim-coach. The scoreline flattered Rhinos.

A loss at Catalans was the low point on Brian McDermott's first season as coach, in 2011. Picture by Steve Riding.
Paul McShane scores for Castleford in Rhinos' heaviest Super League defeat. Picture by Steve Riding.
Rhinos were dumped out of the Challenge Cup by Bradford Bulls in 2019. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.