Tuesday September 25, 2018
The 'Cases' Somerset Rebels will be two points up but a man down when they head to Dorset on Monday night, harbouring hopes of reaching their second final for 2018.

Monday's trip is the second leg of the SGB Premiership play-offs with the Rebels leading 46-44 from the first leg but they will be without Bradley Wilson-Dean as the New Zealander will be recuperating from surgery to have the metal work removed from his shoulder. Wilson-Dean goes under the knife on Thursday for the pre-arranged operation which has implications both for Somerset and his Championship club Peterborough who are currently still chasing three titles!

Team manager Garry May advised "Bradders needs to have the metalwork, which is a plate and nine screws, removed from his shoulder and he had to go along with the date, which is this week, as that is the only time they could do it, so whilst it is not ideal that the date falls at a such a crucial time of the season, it is what it is and we shall just have to dig deep and do battle on Monday without him. We will be monitoring the situation closely as there is a slim possibilty he could be back racing in a relatively short-while and in the meantime we wish him a speedy recovery."

The Rebels will have to operate rider replacement for the Kiwi and with new averages coming into effect for Monday, the eligible riders to cover his outings will be reserves Jake Allen and Nico Covatti, Aaron Summers and the rider immediately above Wilson-Dean in the averages, Richard Lawson.4

Somerset are still waiting to confirm the dates for their Knockout Cup final King’s Lynn, but victory for the Rebels at Poole on Monday could well mean that they face the Stars in both the cup and league play-off final, after King’s Lynn won the first leg of their play-off semi at Belle Vue to hold an 8 point lead this Monday when their concluding leg will also be held.

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