Rebels enjoy successful northern tour

Somerset new boy Rasmus Jensen.

Somerset new boy Rasmus Jensen. - Credit: Archant

The Somerset Rebels enjoyed a successful northern tour, beating Berwick and Glasgow, but losing to league leaders Edinburgh.

THE Cases Somerset Rebels will be looking to build on the seven league points they gained from last weekend’s three-match northern tour when the Peterborough Panthers visit the Oaktree Arena tomorrow (Friday) evening.

Those seven points came through wins at Berwick on Saturday and Glasgow less than 24 hours later, Somerset becoming just the second side to defeat the Tigers on their home shale this season.

This has seen the Rebels move back into contention in the fight for a second place finish in the league table, ahead of the championship deciding play-offs, the significance in that being that top two sides in the league table receive byes directly through to the semi-final stages of those play-offs.

The Rebels started their tour with a 55-35 defeat at Premier League leaders Edinburgh. Main scorers for the visitors were Paul Starke (9), Richie Worrall (8), Rasmus Jensen (7+1), Brady Kurtz (5) and Josh Grajczonek (5).

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The second match was against the Berwick Bandits and the Rebels recorded an excellent 56-37 victory.

Missing Grajczonek through injury, the Rebels enjoyed wrapped up the points with excellent riding from Worrall (13+2), Kurtz (11), Starke (10+1), Charles Wright (10), Jensen (9+1) and Oliver Greenwood (3+2).

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Against Glasgow, Rebels’ skipper Josh Grajczonek rode through the pain barrier to lead Somerset to a 47-42 victory with a superb paid maximum.

Grajczonek top scored with 14+1 and was backed up by Starke (11+1), Wright (8+2), Kurtz (6), Worrall (6) and Greenwood (2+1).

Somerset team manager Gary May said: “This has been a long and tough weekend of racing, but after a disappointing start on Friday night at Edinburgh, the boys turned things around and the seven league points we have picked up this weekend will make the long journey home so much more enjoyable.”

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