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.

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