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Leeds v. Hull FC - There's a Bit of History
Posted by southstander on August 23 2005 - 09:01:38

It's the Rhinos first final since 2003, and Hull FC's first since 1985.

The Rhinos last lifted the prestigious trophy in 1999, whereas you have to go back to 1982 to find the last time that the engravers had to put Hull FC on one of the many little shields adorning the great cup.

Rhinos and Hull fans alike are all looking forward with a great deal of anticipation to this weekend match. We take a look at the history between the two sides.

Leeds have by far the better cup pedigree of the two sides. The Blue & Amber ribbons have been on the trophy eleven times since the first competition in 1897 (1910, 1923, 1932, 1936, 1941, 1942, 1957, 1968, 1977, 1978 & 1999), whereas Hull have only managed two wins (1914 and 1982). Leeds fans have to wait an average of 9.1 years between Challenge Cup wins, with Hull fans having to wait an average of 68 years.

Leeds and Hull have met twice previously in finals. In 1910 the first game was drawn 7-7 at Huddersfield but the Loiners won the replay by 26-12 at the same venue. The second, and last, Challenge Cup Final meeting also saw Leeds as winners in 1923 by 28-3 in a game played at Wakefield.

Hull have one Lance Todd Trophy win with Tommy Harris in 1960, despite being on the losing side. Leeds have four with: Jeff Stevenson (1957), Steve Pitchford (1977), Leroy Rivett (1999) and Gary Connolly (2003).

Throughout the history of our great game, Leeds have played Hull on 250 competitive occasions with the Rhinos winning 122 against Hull's 112, and with sixteen games being drawn. Since the start of Superleague, the Rhinos have had the upper hand in the eighteen league games having won thirteen and drawn one. Hull have managed just four wins over the Rhinos.

In the last ten years of Challenge Cup, the Rhinos have played Hull FC on three occasions and won every one. In the 2000 semi-final we won 28-22, and in the quarter-finals in 2001 (20-18) and 2003 (41-18) we emerged victors on both occasions.

History shows that the Rhinos have the upper hand, but come saturday 'History will teach us nothing!'. It will be two evenly matched sides battling it out for the most coveted of prizes in the game.

May the best side win!



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