General Buderus


League: Buderus fails in judiciary appeal (14th Sept)

Newcastle Knights hooker Danny Buderus will miss the remainder of the NRL's finals series and also the start of next season after losing his appeal against the grading of a dangerous throw charge at the judiciary.

Buderus had nothing to lose in appealing the grade three charge, which carries with it a six-match ban, and the amount of games he misses next year will now be determined by how much further the Knights progress in the current campaign.

They face a do-or-die semi-final clash with Brisbane in Sydney this Saturday, with youngster Luke Quigley already named to fill the number nine jersey.

Buderus had been resigned to missing this weekend's match against the Broncos, but was hoping to play some further part in the finals by having the charge downgraded for his spear tackle on Manly winger Michael Robertson last Friday.

In a hearing which lasted over two hours, the Knights employed a biomechanics expert who testified for 45 minutes alone and claimed that Buderus was not at fault, as all the momentum was with Robertson.

The panel also spent 40 minutes deliberating on Buderus's clean 10-year record in 225 NRL games, but ultimately determined that the tackle was not something which could be taken lightly and the six-match ban stands.

The NRL has advised that Buderus will not be able to serve any of the matches during the upcoming Tri-Nations campaign.

Buderus had already advised that he would be unavailable for the campaign because his wife was due to give birth.

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