MX23RW : Thursday, October 29 12:07:30| >> :120:72677:72677:

On this day in 2007: Tony Smith's last Rhinos game ends in Grand Final success

On this day in 2007: Tony Smith's last Rhinos game ends in Grand Final success
© Reuters
The Rhinos had finished the regular season second to Saints.

Leeds ensured Tony Smith's last game as Rhinos coach ended in glory on this day in 2007.

The Rhinos ran out resounding 33-6 Super League Grand Final winners over defending champions St Helens to claim their second title in four years.

Smith's side had finished the regular season second to Saints but were undoubtedly the superior team when it mattered most in front of a crowd of 71,352 at Old Trafford.

Tony Smith, centre, celebrated success following his final match as Leeds head coach
Tony Smith, centre, celebrated success following his final match as Leeds head coach (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

The West Yorkshire club led 8-6 at the break after a tough first half in which Brent Webb had put them ahead before James Roby finished a superb break for Saints.

Leeds ran in two tries in as many minutes following the restart through Ali Lauitiiti and Scott Donald, before further scores from Lee Smith and Jamie Jones-Buchanan secured an emphatic margin of victory.

Australian Smith had previously guided Leeds to their first championship in 32 years by beating Bradford Bulls in 2004, before suffering defeat at the hands of the same opposition in the following year's final.

After their 2007 triumph, the dominant Rhinos went on to win the competition a further six times in the next 10 years.

ID:418179:cQx
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Rob Burrow in action for Leeds in 2017
Read Next:
Former Leeds scrum-half Rob Burrow turns down Challenge Cup final invitation
>
Latest Sports Video

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!