Saturday September 15, 2018
The 'Cases' Rebels are gearing up for, arguably the biggest meeting of their 19 year history when they host Poole at the Oaktree Arena on Monday (17th September) night.

With dreams of an even bigger night-out, should they claim an aggregate victory over the Pirates across their play-off semi-final duel, the Rebels will be focussing on maintaining their excellent home form of late.

Last Wednesday they overcame the withdrawal of world champion and number one Jason Doyle after just two rides to outpoint Belle Vue in the Knockout Cup semi-final first leg by fourteen points but team manager Garry May is reluctant to set a target for his charges to chase.

"The boys were superb against Belle Vue and they have been putting in some great home performances this season and we really need another one when we meet Poole in the play-offs. It is really exciting that we have reached this stage but we don't want it to end here. It is a tough obstacle to overcome, Poole are specialists in the play-offs but on our day I really believe we are good enough to beat anyone on aggregate. Obviously, if we can establish a decent lead, such as we have in the cup, then it will help our cause but we have to remember the winners will be decided during the second leg. The best way of making sure of that is to win both legs and that will be precisely what our game plan will be."

Both sides have been declared at full strength for Monday, Jason Doyle and Bradley Wilson-Dean expected to be fit after their startling heat 10 crash last time out at the Oaktree whilst Poole will be hoping that Nicolai Klindt has no ill-effects from a hand injury he sustained on Friday night whilst helping his SGB Championship side Workington into the second tier play-offs.

With ex-Rebels Brady Kurtz, Josh Grajczonek and Richie Worrall all brandishing the skull and crossbones there is plenty of track knowledge for the visitors to call on, but the Rebels have proven they can compete with the best and have a proud record this year against the Dorset outfit.

Although on the brink of reaching two finals, in only their second season of top flight British racing, there is the risk that Monday could prove to be their final Oaktree appearance of the season and with that in mind , club owner Debbie Hancock is hoping the fans will turn out in their numbers to show their appreciation for the Rebels. "The team have been fantastic this season and proved so many wrong as we weren't tipped by too many to reach the play-offs and here we are ready to race in the semi-finals against Poole. Surely it can't get much better than that. I am really hoping of course that there will be more meetings still to come, but whatever happens, Monday will be very special and I sincerely hope that our fans will turn out to show their appreciation to the Rebels."

Teams (from)
'Cases' Somerset Rebels: 1.Jason Doyle, 2.Bradley Wilson-Dean, 3.Nico Covatti, 4.Richard Lawson, 5.Jack Holder, 6.Jake Allen, 7.Aaron Summers Team manager: Garry May
Volvo Cars' Poole Pirates: 1.Brady Kurtz, 2.Kacper Woryna, 3.Josh Grajczonek, 4.Nicolai Klindt, 5.Chris Harris, 6.Richie Worrall, 7.Frederik Jakobsen Team manager: Neil Middleditch

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