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Buderus still chasing English silverware

By Tom Wald 29/08/2010 12:00:45 PM Comments (0)

Danny Buderus is still chasing an elusive piece of English silverware to round off his celebrated career following a forgettable performance in Saturday's Challenge Cup final.

The ex-Newcastle hooker knocked on from the opening kick-off and never got into the contest as Warrington trounced English Super League heavyweights Leeds, 30-6, at Wembley Stadium.

Having signed on at the Rhinos for the start of the 2009 season, Buderus appeared to be giving himself the best shot of finishing his career with another title.

Leeds have won the past three Super League titles but Buderus missed out on being part of last year's champion side with a broken leg.

The gutsy 32-year-old rake has provided much better value for Leeds in his second season.

Not that he felt that way on Saturday.

Buderus was a shattered figure post-match with winning a trophy in England still on his 'to do' list.

"That would have been the icing on it, to do it here at Wembley," he told AAP.

"It was a huge occasion and I don't know if we were overawed but we were very disappointed with that effort."

There is very little in rugby league that Buderus, who is signed on until the end of the 2011 season at Leeds, has not achieved.

He was a member of Newcastle's 2001 premiership winning side and played in 21 State of Origins for NSW and 25 matches for the national team.

But he and his side were a little off against a disciplined Wolves outfit in north London.

His first touch at the famous venue being one to forget.

"Off the kickoff, that was terrible," he said of his fumble.

"I don't normally catch, I never catched before I came over here and the first touch in a big game, I was just extremely disappointed."

Buderus was substituted in the 22nd minute for back-up rake Matt Diskin and the former Blues skipper only returned for the final 20 minutes of the match.

"It was extremely disappointing from the get go, it was the worst game we have played all year and no doubt Warrington were the better team and the scoreline says it all."

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