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Rebels sneak to Glasgow triumph
10:00am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in Sport Latest
SOMERSET Rebels won the final meeting of their three-match northern tour, with a narrow 46-44 victory over Glasgow.
On a track that was made very greasy as the result of a very heavy shower an hour or so before the start, the opening salvo saw Glasgow take the early advantage, as first up Joe Screen headed home Somerset’s Jason Doyle, while Dakota North needed no second invitation to move through into third place when Kyle Newman hit a bump on the opening lap.
After heat 5, the sides were level at 15-15 and draws in heats 6 and 7 took the score to 21-21 heading into the seventh.
Worryingly for Somerset, their reserve duo of Stefan Nielsen and Simon Lambert were finding the going tough and, as a result, it was becoming more and more essential the Rebels’ top three kept winning races, just to stay in contention.
When Morris fell in heat 9 while challenging Anders Thomsen, the Tigers were gifted a 5-1 race win to put the home side back into a two-point lead, before Screen won heat 10 to maintain that advantage.
Heading into the final race, Somerset trailed by just two points and so required nothing less than a heat win to avoid defeat.
As the tapes rose, Doyle and Morris hit the front, Morris crucially holding off Screen as they rounded the first turn.
The Somerset duo then established a decisive lead over Screen who was unable to close down the gap.
Morris went on to take the race win, with Doyle playing the captain’s role to keep a watch on Screen while following his team-mate home, as Somerset came back from being four points down just two heats earlier, to snatch victory 46-44.