Monday July 29, 2019
Following the decisions of both Valentin Grobauer and Henry Atkins to step down from the Somerset Rebels, team manager Garry May has taken on a new strategy of going for a very heavy top four attack that has cost Todd Kurtz his place in the Rebels seven, as they welcome back former number one Nick Morris, and will operate with a brace of two pointers at reserve.

May explained the rationale behind the move that despite having such a strong attack, with a trio of eight pointers, falls under the 40 point limit to which teams can be built. "Our place in the play-offs is still not guaranteed and we face some stern opponents over the final run-in and so I felt that we couldn't afford to slip up. With Henry and Valentin on fairly low averages I could have just gone for a like-for-like change but felt that as too often this season, we have just fallen short of what could be some precious points, we needed some extra fire-power to improve our chances of making the top four.
When I saw that Nick Morris was available it looked the perfect opportunity, although to be able to introduce him I needed to shave some points from somewhere else and take the gamble that, although it would leave us with a long tail, we would have a superb top four.
"Unfortunately that led me to having to make a difficult call to Todd Kurtz and let him go. It was probably one of the hardest things I have had to do but to his credit he accepted the reasons behind the move and he took it on the chin.

Completing the team rebuild May has drafted in 22 year old Welshman Nathan Stoneman and 20 year old Londoner Luke Harris both two pointers which means 17-year old Anders Rowe steps up into the main body team in only his first season at Championship level, a move that May also admits is a bold one.

"I spoke to Anders about the plans I had, explaining that his improved average would move him out of the reserve berth under the new team structure, and he agreed that he would take the challenge on. It's without question that a big step for him and I am encouraged by his attitude."

The Rebels have eight more league matches to fulfil and May has set a minimum target of 12 more to give them on a total of 36 to make the play-offs. Their first opponents under their new look will be second placed Glasgow on Wednesday, the Tigers having already won four out of their five away matches to-date.

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