REBELS V LEICESTER PREVIEW

Friday August 11, 2017
The ‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels will be looking to continue their recent run of form when they face the Leicester Lions at the Oaktree Arena on Monday (14th) evening, with the match being broadcast live by BT Sport.

This will be Leicester’s third visit of the season, they providing Somerset’s opposition in the 1st Round of the KO Cup, the Rebels winning that encounter 49-41, while the SGB Premiership ‘A’ fixture between the two sides at the Oaktree Arena saw Somerset run out convincing 61-30 winners.

Leicester have been hit by injuries of late, but they will have their number 1, Kim Nilsson, restored to the side, the Swede having recovered from a broken arm, but it is not such good news for the Lions with regard to Lasse Bjerre and their recent signing, Pole Pawel Przedpelski.

Bjerre is ruled out of Monday’s match due to a knee injury, and Leicester have booked ex-Rebel Paul Starke to guest in his place, while Przedpelski hasn’t fully recovered from a broken leg he sustained when making his Leicester debut, and the East Midlands side will operate rider replacement in his place.

Leicester are captained by 2016 British Champion Danny King, their top 5 being completed by the German, Erik Riss, while at reserve the Lions track another ex-Rebel, Kyle Newman, and a previous two-time winner of the British Under-21 title, Josh Bates.

Somerset go into Monday’s televised match minus Jake Allen who has been side-lined after breaking a couple of bones in his wrist, a legacy of his heat 14 fall against Wolverhampton on Wednesday night, the Rebels drafting in Belle Vue’s Dan Bewley as a guest replacement for Allen.

“We have had a good run of form of late which has lifted us up the league table and to the fringes of the play-off’s,” said Somerset team manager Garry May, “and we will be looking to continue that good run with the visit of Leicester to the Oaktree Arena on Monday.”

“Although Leicester currently sit bottom of the league table, we will be taking nothing for granted come Friday night, even though we raced away to our biggest win of the season when Leicester were here back in June.”

“Of course, it isn’t ideal to be without Jake, but hopefully he won’t be side-lined for too long, and in Dan Bewley I think we have a guest rider who showed just a week or so ago when here with Belle Vue that he is a more than capable replacement for Jake.”

‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels v Leicester Lions
SGB Premiership
Oaktree Arena
Monday 14th August
Gates Open 6.00pm, Tapes-Up 7.30pm


Admission Prices: Adults £10.00, Concessions £10.00, Young Adults (12-18 inclusive) £6.00, Children (11 & under) Free.
Programme: £3.00
Car Parking: £1.50

Teams:

Somerset Rebels: Josh Grajczonek [c] (7.49), Richard Lawson (7.22), Patrick Hougaard (6.74), Charles Wright (6.51), Cameron Heeps (5.26), Dan Bewley [g] (5.19), Lewis Kerr (4.30); Team Manager: Garry May

Leicester Lions: Kim Nilsson (7.66), Pawel Przedpelski [r/r] (7.00), Danny King [c] (6.53), Paul Starke [g] (5.87), Erik Riss (5.65), Josh Bates (5.33), Kyle Newman (5.26); Team Manager: Jim Lynch

Team News Update 13/8: Scott Nicholls will now guest for the injured Kim Nilsson at number 1 for Leicester

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