NEW LOOK REBELS FACE STERN TIGERS TEST

Tuesday July 30, 2019
The two quickest men round the Oak Tree Arena will go head to head on Wednesday (31st July) as the two sides occupying second and third in the SGB Championship table take on each other.

Last time out at Somerset, Rebels' Rory Schlein set a new track record of 55.15 seconds, lowering the 55.68secs time that Glasgow's skipper Craig Cook recorded back in September 2015.

Schlein will relinquish the number one race jacket he has worn all season, as the Rebels, who sit in third place and five points behind their visitors Glasgow, will be parading their new look, which includes the return of former Rebel Nick Morris.

Morris, a 'veteran' of two seasons dating back to 2013 and 2014 and also an ex-Glasgow rider, rejoins the Rebels to add ballast to the top end of the side as Garry May switches to a new strategy to try and cement Somerset's play-off spot. "We need to make certain we finish in the top four and we have only got eight matches left in the league to achieve that. With Morra's scoring potential at the top end I am hoping that we will have a strong enough attack to get the results we need. I recognise it is more pressure on Rory, Bomber and Nico as they all realistically need to be packing in double figures, but I believe they are up to the task.. There can hardly be a tougher test than Glasgow as they are very much on-song and their away record speaks for itself with four wins out of five on their travels."

In addition to Morris making his season debut for the Rebels new boys Luke Harris (no relation to the Rebels' skipper Chris) and Nathan Stoneman will also be making their first appearances for the Somerset side, both joining on two point averages, which means that Anders Rowe makes a big step up into the main body of the team to occupy the number two berth.

Glasgow will face the trip south without the services of Oak Tree popular performer Paul Starke who sustained a wrist injury whilst contesting the British Final at the National Stadium, Manchester, a meeting in which Rebels' skipper Chris Harris finished fourth. Positioned fourth in the Tigers' averages it means Starke's rides can be covered by Claus Vissing, James Sarjeant and the two reserves Kyle Bickley and Connor Bailey.

Big hitters Craig Cook and ex-Rebel Rasmus Jensen lead their attack and the meeting has all the ingredients to be a classic encounter.

Teams:
Somerset: Nick Morris, Anders Rowe, Rory Schlein, Nico Covatti, Chris Harris (Capt), Luke Harris, Nathan Stoneman - Team Manager: Garry May

Glasgow: Craig Cook (Capt), James Sarjeant, Claus Vissing, Rider Replacement, Rasmus Jensen, Kyle Bickley, Connor Bailey - Team Manager: Cameron Brown


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