SOMERSET v ROBINS, PREVIEW

Tuesday July 31, 2018
SWINDON have booked Rohan Tungate to guest for skipper Nick Morris in Wednesday’s top-of-the-table trip to Somerset.

Tungate, who rode for the Robins in 2016 and started last season in Rebels colours before being released as part of team changes, stands in as Morris takes time out to recover from a series of recent crashes.

The CFS Filtration Robins’ captain came to grief heavily in Heat 1 of Monday’s home win over Wolverhampton, and it was the fourth time in three meetings that he had bit the shale at the Abbey.

Tungate takes Morris’s place at No.5 as new averages for August mean Troy Batchelor advances to the No.1 position.

Robins took over at the top of the table with their 50-40 win over Wolves, whilst the Rebels were seeing their six-match unbeaten run come to an end at King’s Lynn.

The Highbridge side are arguably still the best-placed of the play-off contenders as they have three away wins on the board – including at the Abbey in mid-July - and they are the only unbeaten side at home in the Premiership.

Robins have three away matches remaining and any points they gain on the road, where they have fallen frustratingly short in recent weeks, will ease the pressure on home matches with Belle Vue currently outside the top four but a major threat with two trips to the Abbey to come – along with in-form Poole, who are due to visit on August Bank Holiday Monday.

They also have to be aware that Belle Vue, King’s Lynn and Somerset all still have to visit bottom club Leicester, whereas the Robins have completed their two trips to the East Midlands.

Somerset are without World Champion Jason Doyle as he continues to recover from his crash during the British Grand Prix, with the Rebels booking Wolves’ Rory Schlein to guest at No.1.

The previous clash between the sides at the Oaktree Arena in May was a familiar tale for the Robins on the road this season as they lost 50-40 with a last-heat Somerset 5-1 denying them a league point.

Boss Alun Rossiter said: “This is a big meeting for us, and the boys know how important it is that we get another away win.

“It’s going to be tough because they haven’t lost there this season, but I do think it’s a place we can win at if everyone steps up to the plate.

“Nick was really beaten up again after the crash on Monday, he gave his hip a real smack and he could hardly walk, so it’s best that he takes a bit of time off.

“I don’t think he’ll be out for too long but it’s just a case of being sensible for this one, and Rohan knows Somerset well so hopefully he’ll be able to do the job for us.”

SOMERSET: Rory Schlein, Aaron Summers, Nico Covatti, Richard Lawson, Jack Holder, Jake Allen, Bradley Wilson-Dean.
SWINDON: Troy Batchelor, David Bellego, Adam Ellis, Tobiasz Musielak, Rohan Tungate, Zach Wajtknecht, Jack Smith.


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