Crushing league defeat for the Rebels

PUBLISHED: 10:07 18 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:07 18 April 2018

Somerset Rebels crashed to a heavy defeat against Leicester in the first SGB Premiership League match of the season.

‘A night to forget’ is how a dejected Garry May described the Cases Somerset Rebels first SGB Premiership League action of the season as they fell to 55-35 crushing defeat at Leicester.

“Nothing went right for us, whatever could go wrong did go wrong and we were left with far much too do. Trying to do anything from the back was a thankless task if you missed the gate and we found ourselves doing far too much of that.”

The Rebels disastrous night began when some early impeding resulted in Rebels number one Jason Doyle pulling up early. More problems followed when Bradley Wilson-Dean packed up at the start and was punished by a 15-metre handicap, the re-run seeing Jonas Jeppesen crash out.

Wilson-Dean was again in deep water when he caused Newman to crash in heat four, leaving Richard Lawson the solitary Rebel unable to prevent a home 5-1, for a 19-5 score line.

Hoping to turn the luck round, May sent Holder out as a tactical substitute alongside Doyle, but Pieszczek headed them both home. Newman and guest Robert Lambert combined well in the sixth to stretch the advantage further, Andersen then winning his second outing to remain unbeaten.

At last the Rebels found a race winner and a heat advantage as Allen and Wilson-Dean made life easier for themselves by making decent starts, but Pieszczek and King countered for the Lions in the ninth to restore their 18-point lead.

Hopes of another Somerset heat gain dissipated when Lambert blasted from third to first to head home Wright and Holder. Andersen’s unblemished performance rolled on as he led home Doyle in heat 11, which had Newman picking up a point after replacing tapes offender James Sarjeant.

King could only finish between Rebels Wright and Jeppesen - the latter opening his account and scoring his maiden Premiership point, before Doyle avenged for that earlier defeat by the now defeated Hans Andersen.

Holder saved some face when he battled into second place in heat 14 before Andersen finished the Rebels off with another win over Doyle.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

More from Weston Mercury

Yesterday, 22:36

Weston’s dreams of pulling off an FA Cup shock and making the second round were dashed as Wrexham claimed a 2-0 win at the Woodspring Stadium on Sunday.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:26

There are delays on the M5 tonight (Monday) after a crash involving two cars between Clevedon and Weston-super-Mare.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:00

A pair of Weston sisters have raised more than £200 for charity.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

Plans to build a further 67 houses in a tourist village have been given the green light.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:03

Rubbish collections were delayed by ‘mindless vandals’ after a tyre-slashing rampage took place in Weston-super-Mare at the weekend.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00

Two friends from school have opened up a new business in Weston-super-Mare.

Read more
Weston-super-Mare
Yesterday, 14:20

Villagers are concerned more than 60 trees could be cut down to build six homes in Winscombe.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

A fun fundraising week saw students look back over years of show business.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

Weston Lions Club members picked up their bin bags and litter-pickers and took to Kewstoke last week.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:29

Weston’s coastguard and RNLI crews were called, mid-way through yesterday’s (Sunday’s) remembrance service, to rescue a kite-surfer who was in trouble.

Read more

Most Read Sport

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 9°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists