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Victory at a High Cost
Posted by southstander on August 16 2010 - 16:13:01

Out!

Poor Brian McClennan must be wondering where he killed the black cat, walked on the cracks in the pavement, and witnessed so many single magpies.

After the horrific injury to Luke Burgess which resulted in a double fracture of the jaw, we have been informed today that after seeing a specialist Jamie Peacock will also miss the rest of 2010. What looked a fairly innocuous injury suffered on sixty-six minutes on friday night, requires knee ligament re-construction.

Read more here....

We've had one of those seasons that at some point or another has seen the majority of our stars in the treatment room, many for extended stays. We've had a real battle on defending our Superleague Champions title without, at various times; Peacock, Watkins, Lauiti'iti, Donald, Diskin, Buderus, Webb, Delaney, Burrow, Bailey, Burgess and Eastwood. We're not talking about squad players here, we have lost the services of key players in Blueys plans.

Just as it seemed that we were getting back to something like a reasonable squad to chose from for the run in to the end of the season, and the all important Challenge Cup Final, we lose the GB captain and 'inspiration' personified in the same game as regular substitute Luke Burgess.

This is a massive blow for the players in question, the squad, the coaching staff and the supporters. The only consolation has been the emergence of some players who would have started 2010 not expecting a debut, let alone getting into the squad on a regular basis.

With the loss of these two forwards, and the ongoing concerns over Ali Lauiti'iti, expect the likes of Clarkson, Ambler and Pitts to get themselves in the reckoning for a Wembley run out.

The current injury list also begs the question as to how important fridays clash against the bottom of the table Dragons actually is? I expect that we may well see Sinfield, McGuire, Senior and Buderus all missing for this one, as we try to preserve at least some semblance of a first choice squad for the trip to London.

Leeds are still listed as slight favourites for the final, but for how much longer once the Peacock news hits the bookies?

It's a dark day for LeedsRhinos.

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