Leeds Rhinos Nostalgia: On this day in history

Peter Smith delves through the YEP archives to find out what happened on this day in the history of Leeds Rhinos.

Monday, 7th September 2020, 5:55 am
Leeds Rhinos' Carl Ablett (right) celebrates his try against Hull FC with Danny McGuire in 2007. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.


Carl Ablett scored Rhinos’ only try, with Kevin Sinfield adding a goal, in a 17-6 defeat by Hull FC, in front of a 17,424 crowd at Headingley.


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Carl Ablett touches down for Leeds Rhinos against Hull FC on this day in 2007. Picture: Steve Riding.

Leeds were beaten 22-21 by Bradford Bulls in front of a 21,102 crowd at Odsal.

Paul Deacon’s last-gasp drop goal broke Rhinos’ hearts after a try, four goals and drop goal from Kevin Sinfield, plus touchdowns by Wayne McDonald and Willie Poching, seemed to have earned Leeds a draw.


A broken jaw suffered by hooker Robbie Mears – in a tackle which earned Sonny Nickle a nine-game ban – marred Rhinos’ 23-18 win over St Helens at Knowsley Road.

Bradford Bulls' Paul Deacon gets away from Leeds Rhinos' Wayne McDonald on this day in 2003. Picture: Steve Riding.

Rob Burrow bagged a brace, Mark Calderwood and Francis Cummins also touched down and Sinfield kicked three goals and a drop goal.


Barry Seabourne booted four drop goals – then worth two points – as Leeds hit back from five points down at half-time to beat Hull 30-9 in Yorkshire Cup first round tie at the Boulevard.

Bev Risman scored a try and five goals and John Langley, Mick Shoebottom and Alan Smith also crossed.

St Helens' Paul Sculthorpe is stopped by Leeds Rhinos' Barrie McDermott (left) and Robbie Mears on this day in 2001. Picture: Gareth Copley/PA.