MAY LOOKING TO BUILD ON GOOD LEAGUE START

Tuesday May 21, 2019
'Cases' Rebels' team manager Garry May is imploring his side to 'build on the strong foundation of their opening SGB Championship league win' when they regroup at the Oaktree on Wednesday (22nd May, 7.30pm) evening.

The Rebels stormed to a 50-40 win at Scunthorpe last Friday and having been eliminated from the KO Cup, coupled with uncertainty as to whether they will progress in the Championship shield, securing a place in the end-of-season league play-offs takes on even greater significance for the club SSIcelebrating their 20th Anniversary.
 
"League titles are always the ultimate barometer of success" admitted May, adding "so it is very important that we are up there in the play-offs, and beyond. It might sound strange talking about the play-offs so early in the season but with maximum points already on the board I would very much like to see it stay that way for a while. We have a run of home league matches before we go out on the road again and we need to set the markers down."
 
First up in that home sequence will be Eastbourne, a side that the Rebels have already sent packing from the Oaktree this season, having beaten the Eagles in the Championship Shield Southern Group courtesy of a late volley of maximum heat scores to run out 52-38 winners. "I definitely want to see a more robust performance from all the boys than that we produced last month when Eastbourne were here. We left it late, very late that night and whilst that is good for entertainment it doesn't do a great deal for those of a nervous disposition."
 
Whilst the Rebels remain unchanged, the visitors have been forced into a change of line-up from that April defeat after the promising Tom Brennan suffered a nasty leg break at the weekend. The Eagles' reserve will be replaced by guest Connor Coles on Wednesday but longer-term they have signed ex-Rebel Kyle Newman as an injury replacement for Brennan, a change that is due to come into effect at the weekend when Brennan's actual average comes into effect. In addition, another former Rebel, Lewis Kerr, is a doubtful starter after his young daughter was admitted to hospital on Monday. Kerr was forced to miss his meeting for King's Lynn.
 
Since their defeat at the Oaktree the Eagles have only won once in five meetings, that at Birmingham in the Shield which confirmed their qualification to the knockout stages of that competition. Somerset could still join them, depending on Friday's Edinburgh v Glasgow meeting, as there remains a place for the best runners-up from the groups. The Eagles run of defeats includes two narrow one-point margins at their Sussex venue, where they previously trounced the Rebels 63-27
 
Teams
Rebels: 1. Rory Schlein; 2. Todd Kurtz; 3. Valentin Grobauer; 4. Nico Covatti; 5. Chris Harris (Capt); 6. Anders Rowe; 7. Henry Atkins - Team manager Garry May

Eagles: 1. Edward Kennett; 2. Alfie Bowtell; 3. Lewis Kerr (or guest); 4. Ben Morley; 5. Richard Lawson; 6. Georgie Wood; 7. Connor Coles (Guest) - Team managers: Will Pottinger & Trevor Geer


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