Players went head-to-head with supporters for a night of bar games, trying their hand at darts, pool, and beer pong and showing off their FIFA gaming skills.
Cameron Smith, Ash Handley, Sam Hallas, Brett Ferres, Ashton Golding, Liam Sutcliffe and Jordan Baldwinson all took part in the night at Shooters, in the Bierkeller Entertainment Complex on the Headrow.
Challenge the Rhinos, which attracted a keen crowd of competitive fans, was the latest joint event to be staged between Shooters and the Leeds Rhinos since the bar renewed its partnership with the club in March.
It also has an individual sponsorship deal with 31-year-old England forward Ferres, who proved to have an impressively sharp aim with a ping-pong ball, as he was cheered on by teammates!
Isaac Mayne, head of marketing and promotions for BurningNight Group which owns the Bierkeller Entertainment Complex, said the event had been a big success.
“We like to be able to offer our customers something unique, and where else would they have the chance to play games against some of their rugby heroes?” he added. “Lots of our customers don’t just love to watch live sport, they like to play too so they definitely wanted to win, especially against guys they normally watch on the pitch every week.”
Jason Marling, general manager of Shooters in Leeds, said the bar hoped to have many more opportunities for fans thanks to its club partnership.
“Among our prizes on the night was a chance to watch the Rhinos in training, and to win tickets for games. It was great to have the players here, they were really good sports on the night getting involved in everything and I think they discovered some extra skills they didn’t know they had!”