What should have been a night to celebrate with Newcastle downing the Cowboys 38-24, Danny Buderus left the field fighting back tears with the veteran hooker suffering a suspected ruptured bicep possibly ending his season with the Knights.Â
The Knights captain, who joins Super League club Leeds Rhinos next season, left the field with 10 minutes to go with an injury that is feared to sideline him for up to six months.
The timing of the injury a cruel blow to the Knights captain set to be farewelled at next Saturday’s home game again the Melbourne Storm after an amazing 12 years with Newcastle.
Leaving the stadium with wife Kris, Buderus did not front the media, but Knights coach Brian Smith later confirmed the injury didn’t look great.Â If Buderus requires surgery, it is definitely a 6 month injury.
Not only possibly ending Buderus’ career in a tragic way, it also comes as a huge blow to Knights’ finals hopes, which saw their win last night move them into 8th position.
After leading 30-0 at halftime, the Knights had to dig deep to hold off a spirited and fighting North Queensland.Â After only 48 seconds, Buderus started the onslaught scoring the fastest try of the season, shortly followed by Adam MacDougall, Wes Naiqama, James McManus and Jarrod Mullen who all added four pointers in the first half.
Cowboys’ Johnathan Thurston tried to spark an unlikely revival in the second half which saw two tries to Luke O’Donnell, and tries to Ty Williams and Aaron Payne.Â The comeback got the visitors within reach of the Knights and could have possibly been one of the biggest comebacks in NRL history.
The Knights, however, held on to their lead.Â Mullen went over for a double while Kurt Gidley kicked a penalty goal giving him 7 from 7 for the night and sealing the win for the Knights.
Gidley has come out to say the Knights will throw everything at the Storm next week in honour of their injured captain Buderus.Â
With or without Buderus, the run home for the Knights is not an easy one.Â Remaining in the top 8 may not be a case of winning or losing for the Knights, instead it could be relying on the results of other teams in the last two matches.