Premier League Knock-out Cup semi-final second Leg
Rye House Rockets 43 (73), Somerset Rebels 47 (107)
SOMERSET Rebels team manager, Garry May praised the ruthless nature of his side after they eased their way into Premier League Knock-out Cup final with a comprehensive 34-point aggregate win over Rye House.
The Rebels followed up Friday night’s 30-point first leg lead at the Oaktree Arena with a four-point victory in the second leg at Rye House – and May was pleased to see the Rebels kill off the tie early in the second-leg.
He said: “Although we had that 30 point lead from the first leg, we wanted to kill off any hopes Rye House might have had of getting themselves back into this tie and those two 5-1’s in the opening two races certainly did the trick.”
“We knew then that the tie was virtually over as a contest and confirmed our place in the final with over half of tonight’s match to spare.
“Once again this was a tremendous all-round team performance, not just tonight but over the two legs as a whole with everyone playing their part, and to come away from tonight’s second leg with the match win as well was a nice way to round things off.
“Finally, I would like to thank all the Somerset fans who made the trip up to Rye House tonight to cheer the boys on, their support was very much appreciated by both myself and the boys in the team.”
If the match was not already done and dusted as a result of the 30 point drubbing the Rebels handed out in the first leg, the tie was well and truly put to bed when Somerset hit home maximum 5-1 heat advantages in the opening two races of the second leg.
They booked their place in the final as early as heat seven when Charles Wright and Richie Worrall combined for Somerset’s third maximum heat win of the night.