REBELS SEEKING CROWNING GLORY AGAINST THE MONARCHS

Tuesday August 27, 2019
There will be no standing on ceremony when royalty arrives at the Oak Tree Arena on Wednesday night, according to Rebels' team manager Garry May as he looks ahead to the visit of the Edinburgh Monarchs.


"This is our last home league meeting and we need to make certain we win it, for whilst the league table shows us sitting in third place and therefore in a play-off berth, still nothing is guaranteed. You can say that Leicester and Glasgow are nailed on to be there and you can discount Eastbourne and Birmingham from being able to get into the top four, but with matches still to come we need points to be absolutely assured of extending our season.
" A win over Edinburgh would mean that Scunthorpe would definitely not be able to catch us and the other sides would all need to be very strong in their away meetings to mathematically be able to overtake us.
"I think the message to the team will be the same as it was last week, send the opposition home pointless. My hope is that we might be able to accomplish that mission without the need for the stress of having to get maximum points in the last heat! Whilst that is great for entertainment it certainly tests the nerves. We are possibly going to need something out of our last two away meetings - at Redcar on Friday and Edinburgh next week - and so I want to have some nerves left for those!"

Somerset welcome back skipper Chris Harris who missed Saturday's visit to Leicester, which ended in a 12-point defeat, whilst May has decided to switch his two reserves around, moving Nathan Stoneman to number six and Luke Harris to seven. The visitors have will be without former Rebel Cameron Heeps who suffered a heavy fall at the weekend. Whilst Cameron was able to confirm, following x-rays, that the initial fears of broken ribs was not the case, he has been in considerable discomfort and has been stood down from his racing commitments for this week, the Monarchs drafting in Ty Proctor to cover.
The Monarchs do however have another former Rebel leading their attack having signed Sam Masters mid-season to strengthen their outfit. They currently sit in 9th place in the table and have only picked up one point on their seven travels to-date.

Somerset: Nick Morris, Anders Rowe, Rory Schlein, Nico Covatti, Chris Harris (Capt), Nathan Stoneman, Luke Harris Team manager Garry May
Edinburgh : Sam Masters, James Sarjeant, Josh Pickering, Ricky Wells (Capt), Ty Proctor (Guest), Connor Coles, William Lawson Team manager John Campbell


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