Tuesday May 02, 2017
The ‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels will be hoping to turn their home fortunes around on Friday (5th) with the visit of Wolverhampton Wolves to the Oaktree Arena, the Rebels going into the match on the back of two successive, albeit very narrow, home defeats, but will be buoyed by their superb win at Belle Vue on Bank Holiday Monday.

Somerset’s task is no easy one, however, as Wolverhampton are the defending league champions, and have signalled their intent for the 2017 season having already made 2 team changes with the season a little more than a month old.

Wolverhampton would normally be led by Grand Prix star Fredrik Lindgren, but he is required to ride for his Polish club, which takes precedent over Friday’s fixture at the Oaktree Arena, but Wolves have booked a more than able guest in newly crowned British Under-21 Champion Robert Lambert to ride in place of the absent Lindgren.

In Jacob Thorssell, Wolves track their one remaining half of the duo (Lindgren being the other half) who represented the club in the SGB Premiership Pairs Championship held at the Oaktree Arena at the end of March, and showed his instant liking for the Somerset track in helping to steer Wolverhampton into the semi-finals of the competition.

One of the two new faces in the Wolverhampton line-up is Rory Schlein, who has replaced Pole Adam Skornicki in the West Midland’s septet, while there is a familiar face to Somerset fans in the Wolves line-up in the shape ex-Rebel Kyle Howarth.

Wolves would normally also have another ex-Somerset rider in their ranks, namely the current Australian champion, Sam Masters, but Masters is required to ride for his Championship side Edinburgh the same night, and, as a consequence, will miss Friday’s match at the Oaktree Arena, and Glasgow’s Richie Worrall will guest in his place.

That is also the fate which precludes German Mark Riss, Wolverhampton’s other recent new signing, from lining-up in one of the two reserve berths on Friday night, Wolves securing the services of Ellis Perks as guest replacement for Riss, while young British rider Nathan Greaves occupies the other reserve position for Wolves.

Somerset will go into Friday night’s match with a full septet of riders, with team manager Garry May looking for his side to build on their superb win at Belle Vue on Monday and get back to winning ways on home shale;

“Having already lost those two home matches against Swindon and King’s Lynn, we really need to get back to winning ways if we are to keep our ambitions of an end of season play-off place on-track,” he said.

“To be fair, we only needed to have picked up a couple of extra race points in both those matches and we would be looking at an unbeaten home record, rather than two successive home defeats, but such are the fine margins between winning and losing.”

“Having secured that superb win at Belle Vue on Monday, that means we have clawed back one of those home reversals, but what we cannot afford to do is to let Monday’s good work go to waste in Friday’s home match against Wolves.”

“Wolves won’t make things easy for us, but in saying that, the Somerset boys are eager to get back to winning ways on home shale, so it promises to be another close and exciting encounter, one in which the Rebels will come out on top!”

‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels v Wolverhampton Wolves
SGB Premiership
Oaktree Arena
Friday 5th May
Gates Open 6.00pm, Tapes-Up 7.30pm

Admission Prices: Adults £16.00, Concessions £14.00, Young Adults (12-18 inclusive) £6.00, Children (6-11 inclusive) £2.00 Children (5 & under) Free.
Programme: £3.00
Car Parking: £1.50


Somerset Rebels: Rohan Tungate (9.03), Josh Grajczonek [c] (8.90), Patrick Hougaard (8.70), Paul Starke (6.62), Charles Wright (6.59), Jake Allen (5.96), Jan Graversen (4.00); Team manager: Garry May

Wolverhampton Wolves: Robert Lambert [g] (10.09), Jacob Thorssell (9.89), Richie Worrall [g] (8.97), Kyle Howarth (7.18), Rory Schlein (7.17), Ellis Perks [g] (4.00), Nathan Greaves (2.27); Team manager: Peter Adams

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