Leeds Rhinos 24-24 Hull KR – 1986

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Leeds Rhinos 24-24 Hull KR – 1986

On this day – 29 March

On 29 March 1986, a thrilling Challenge Cup semi-final against Leeds at Elland Road ended in a 24-24 draw. Leeds led 12-2 lead shortly before half-time and Rovers were reduced to 12 men when Harkin was dismissed for an attempted trip in the build-up to the second Leeds try. David Laws started a Rovers comeback with a try to make it 12-6 at half time.

Then, in the second half, Mike Smith scored twice and Laws added a second. With John Dorahy landing three conversions, the Robins led 24-14 with 15 minutes to go. It was a tremendous comeback with 12 men, but the effort had taken its toll, and twice Leeds exploited gaps to bring the scores level and earn a replay.

The game was not without controversy, and referee Robin Whitfield upset both sets of supporters, notably when Laws appeared to lose the ball as he went over, whilst there was a blatant obstruction in the build up to one of the Leeds tries.

The Rovers team was – George Fairbairn; Garry Clark, Mike Smith, Gary Prohm, David Laws; John Dorahy, Paul Harkin; Peter Johnston, David Watkinson, Asuquo Ema, Chris Burton, Phil Hogan, Gavin Miller. Subs: Gordon Smith, Andy Kelly.

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