County rivals Yorkshire Carnegie and Rotherham Titans clash this Saturday at Clifton Lane in their first meeting in this season’s Greene King IPA Championship 22 years to the day since the first ever league meeting back in 1994.
The two teams had met in Leeds' inaugural season in the 1992-93 season in a friendly fixture at Chandos Park on 16th January 1993 when the home side won 33-12 but it was a different story two seasons later.
On 1st October 1994, newly promoted Rotherham arrived at Kirkstall to face Leeds in National Division Four. The men from South Yorkshire had started the season in outstanding form, racking up 107 points in three games under the leadership of skipper Kevin Plant.
The score was tight at half time with the visitors leading 6-5 thanks to the boot of fly half Plant. Leeds had crossed for the games opening try after 30 minutes through full back Jon Eagle.
However, two more penalties from Plant edged Rotherham further in front and then a try from scrum half Mark Randerson sealed the win with three minutes to go.
Having missed two earlier attempts at penalties, Dan Eddie, playing in the unusual position on the wing, kicked a late penalty to cut the gap to 17-8 but it was too little too late for the home side.
The Leeds team that day included future England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster in the back row whilst Rotherham legends John Dudley and Richard Selkirk were in the visitors side.
Carnegie have played against Rotherham more than any other opponent over the history of the club with 30 meetings in total.
The teams in full were:
Leeds: Jon Eagle, Dan, Eddie, Lee Douglas, Ralph Bennett, Chris Thornton, Kevin Bowling, John Swarbrigg, Chris Head, Richard Wollaston, Mike Cutter, Paul Burkinshaw (c), Andy Frazer, Phil Griffin, Stuart Lancaster, Ian Moule
Replacements: Ian Salkeld, John Singleton, Gareth Jones
Rotherham: Terry Khoo, Paul Scott, Danny Walker, John Harper, Russ Askwith, Kevin Plant (c), Mark Randerson, Scott Wilson, Tommy Bayston, Sam Coy, John Dudley, Julian Brooksbank, Andy Challinor, Mark Pinder, Richard Selkirk
Replacements: John Mortimer, Jimmy Rodgers, Ben Hebden
Referee: Ken Bracewell