Former Canberra Raiders halves Blake Austin and Aidan Sezer reunite in Leeds Rhinos | Canberra Times

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Mark two of the Aidan Sezer-Blake Austin halftime combination started with a bang on Boxing Day in front of a typical loud-mouthed Leeds Rhinos crowd at Headingley Stadium. The former Raiders duo have both joined the Rhinos for next year’s Super League in England, and have moved on, where they left off at the end of 2018, when Austin left Canberra and secured a dominant 34-6 victory over local rivals Wakefield in the Yorkshire clubs’ annual preseason match. Sezer loved the faithful rhinos almost instantly and scored an early attempt to begin his two-year stay in Leeds perfectly. He started with Austin restarting the halves, which served the Raiders for three years. And the pair are set for an early season test in February, when the actual season starts, against Austin’s old club Warrington, which is now anchored by short-lived Raider George Williams. “We have a couple more friendly matches on the way, so hopefully we’re in good shape in the first place and we’re all on the same page and we can perform well,” Sezer told Leeds Rhinos after the win over Wakefield. “At this time of year, the clubs are still trying to find their best 17.” For me and the other new boys, it’s just getting to know the other boys and the way they play. “MORE CANBERRA SPORT Sezers last game for the Raiders was the 2019 NRL big final loss to the Sydney Roosters, being replaced by international Englishman Williams, who helped the Raiders to a preliminary final in his first year before his sudden departure back to England midway through 2021. Shortly after Warrington signed a contract with Williams, it was announced Austin would be on his way out of the club.The ex-Raider was completely left out of the Wolves’ shocking 19-0 playoff defeat to Hull KR in September, which ended their season.He has gone straight into the Rhinos and will likely share general kicking tasks with Sezer, just like the pair did while at Raiders. “We did well today, [there’s] always room for improvement, and hopefully we can continue to work on what leads into round one, “said Sezer.” We work on a lot of combinations, it’s always hard to copy those conditions when training, so it’s good to come out here to new boys like myself. “We had a strong audience here at Headingley, that’s what you’re hearing about before you get here, and I think today lived up to the bill.”



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