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Buderus set to make Rhinos debut.

13th February 2009

By Leeds Rhinos

Australian international Danny Buderus is set to make his debut for Champions Leeds Rhinos after being named in Brian McClennan’s 19 man squad for this Friday’s game against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at Headingley Carnegie, kick off 8pm.

Buderus missed last week’s win over Celtic Crusaders as he recovered from a bicep injury. However, he is set to make his first appearance for only his second club in a 14 year career this Friday since signing from Newcastle Knights in Australia last year.

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Commenting on the prospect of making his debut Buderus said, "All my thoughts have been about playing for Leeds Rhinos and I can’t wait for Friday night now. I was lucky that the injury coincided with the off season so the six months has not seem too long since I suffered the injury.

"I am looking forward to playing in a new competition as well having spent 14 years at the Knights and in the NRL. The coaching staff have been great with me explaining what is expected from me. I have been doing a lot of listening in training and watching a lot of games. I am excited about the challenge," added Buderus.

The 19 man squad in full is:

2. Scott Donald
3. Lee Smith
5. Ryan Hall
6. Danny McGuire
8. Kylie Leuluai
9. Danny Buderus
10. Jamie Peacock
11. Jamie Jones Buchanan
12. Ali Lauitiiti
13. Kevin Sinfield
14. Matt Diskin
16. Ryan Bailey
17. Ian Kirke
18. Carl Ablett
19. Luke Burgess
20. Ashley Gibson
22. Danny Allan
23. Kallum Watkins
27. Dane Manning

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Leeds Rhinos 18 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 4

13th February 2009

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos got their second win of the season with a 18-4 win over Wakefield but they were made to work hard for the two points by the Wildcats.

Leeds scored three tries through Ali Lauitiiti and Jamie Jones-Buchanan in the first half and Ian Kirke after the break whilst they held the visitors tryless. However, the match failed to spark into life with referee Steve Ganson the central figure at times with continual penalties against both sides.

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Both teams had to deal with late withdrawals ahead of kick off at Headingley Carnegie. The Rhinos were without Kevin Sinfield, their captain ruled out of a match by injury for the first time since July 2006. However, Wakefield had an even later call when Sam Obst was ruled out in the warm up. Tony Martin reverted from centre to scrum half whilst Ryan Atkins came in off the bench to fill the gap in midfield. Ex-Hunslet player Luke Blake was called onto the bench for his debut.

The Rhinos made a physical start, perhaps mindful that Wakefield’s confidence would be high after their win over Wigan the previous week. The home side capitalised on that good start with a try after two minutes. The chance came when on-loan Bull Dave Halley lost control of the ball ten metres from his own line. Two tackles later, Ali Lauitiiti sensed a try and bulldozed his way over. Lee Smith, who had taken over kicking duties in the absence of Sinfield, added the near-touchline conversion to make it 6-0.

After that the game became very fragmented as referee Steve Ganson, resplendent in his bright orange officials kit, announced his return to Super League with a string of penalties against both sides.

Those fans who had come to watch a game of rugby were getting frustrated with the continual whistle blowing and eventually it led to a shot at goal for the visitors. Tony Martin stepped up and made it 6-2 after 23 minutes.

However, the Rhinos hit back straight from the kick off and it was Scott Grix who was the unfortunate one who gift wrapped a try for Jamie Jones-Buchanan. The stand off collected Smith’s kick off but spilled the ball 15 metres out and the chasing Leeds man picked up the loose ball and galloped over for the try. Smith added the simple conversion to make it 12-2.
As the teams were coming back for the kick off, Danny Buderus came on for Lauitiiti for his debut to a fantastic reception from the Leeds fans.

The Rhinos were grateful to full back Lee Smith after 31 minutes when he made a crucial tackle on Damian Blanch as the Irish World Cup star broke through and looked certain to score.
Blanch then repaid the effort in the last minute of the half as Smith broke clear. However, a swinging arm on Smith went unpunished as the tension was visibly rising on the pitch. It spilled over in the final second when Ryan Atkins came in late on Scott Donald on the floor and after a bout of pushing and shoving, Atkins was sent to the sin bin.

Despite being down to 14 men Wakefield managed to cut the lead with a second penalty from Tony Martin after Ryan Bailey was placed on report for alleged use of the forearm as he took the ball into the tackle.

The Rhinos had endure a long period of time on defence after that as Wakefield threw everything at them. However, they showed some great team cohesion to keep them out and then could have scored their third try after 57 minutes on the couter attack. Danny Allan broke clear just inside the Wakefield half before stepping around the last defender. However, Martin came flying across from ,midfield to try and stop him and although he handed him off, he lost balance and could not get the pass back inside to Donald to score the try.  

However, the Rhinos were again forced to defend for their lives when Brad Drew went from close range. He seemed certain to score but referee Ganson signalled a hand over on the last tackle and Leeds could break clear.

The game was ebbing and flowing as the temperatures dropped at Headingley Carnegie. It was the Rhinos who were next denied a try when Smith went over in the corner but the touch judge signalled he had gone into touch first.

However, the Rhinos did score on their next visit and it was a timely return for Ian Kirke. Almost a whole year since his last try against Catalans back 2008, the giant second row crashed over off a short pass by Buderus. Ashley Gibson added the conversion to make it 18-4 after 74 minutes and seal the victory.

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