Thursday March 29, 2018
SOMERSET will now be looking be a looking for a decent advantage against Poole when they launch their new season at the Oaktree Arena on Good Friday (7.30pm start).

Led by new signing world champion Jason Doyle, the ‘Cases’ Rebels will be staging the first leg of the Knockout Cup quarter-final tie after the original staging first leg at Poole scheduled for Friday morning was postponed.

But a bad weather forecast for the Dorset area, an early decision was reached to call the meeting off.

However, the Somerset management are hoping they enjoy a better forecast.

Rebels boss Debbie Hancock admitted: “We are keeping everything crossed that our meeting will still go ahead.

“With the excellent drainage work that Dad (Bill Hancock) and the track team have done over the winter our circuit can now deal much better with the rain.
“We saw that on Wednesday when, having made the call to dispense with on-track practice because of the morning rain, the track drained so well that by 3pm it was looking in pristine condition.
“The forecast is virtually changing by the hour and we want to give this our best shot of getting our home season underway.”

The Rebels, who enjoyed an afternoon of go-karting as part of a team bonding exercise yesterday, are keen to get on track again and know that they will face a stern test against a Poole side who yet again have been branded as title favourites by the bookmakers.

Team manager Garry May added: "Meetings against Poole are always special but when there is semi-final place on the end of it there is that little bit extra about them.

“With us now having the first leg we can concentrate fully on building up a lead to take with us to Poole for the re-staging, whenever that proves to be.

“We will be without Richard Lawson, our Rider of the Year last season but have called upon Aussie champion and former Rebel Rohan Tungate to guest for us.”

It’s a case of Friends Reunited for the clash of the two clubs.

The visit of Poole sees a return to the Oaktree for both Josh Grajczonek and Brady Kurtz proven scorers around the Highbridge circuit, while Rebels are represented by ex-Pirates, world champ Doyle and Jack Holder (on loan from the Dorset club this season).

Somerset fans will also get the chance to see Jonas Jeppesen make his home debut.

It’s a meeting that will include new Aussie champ Tungate and New Zealand champ and returning rider Bradley Wilson-Dean into the Rebels fold.

Somerset: J.Doyle (capt), J.Allen, C.Wright, J.Holder, R.Tungate (Guest), B.Wilson-Dean, J.Jeppesen Team manager Garry May
Poole: B.Kurtz, K.Woryna, J.Grajczonek (capt), L.Sundstrom, P.Kildemand, M.Szczepaniak, J.Shanes Team manager Neil Middleditch

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