Rebels crash out of cup after failing to overturn huge first-leg deficit

First published in Sport Latest

Premier League KO Cup Quarter-Final (Second Leg)

Somerset Rebels 49 (74) Ipswich Witches 41 (106)

THE Somerset Rebels came into the second leg of this Premier League Knockout Cup quarter-final with a mountain to climb in the shape of a 40-point deficit from the first leg of this encounter – and were unable to reverse a heavy first leg defeat.

The final result was a Rebels win of 49-41, but it was the Witches who progressed to the Semi-Final of the cup, by the aggregate score of 74-106, with the damage being done in the first leg at Foxhall.

Despite the Rebels not going through, both teams treated the crowd to a highly entertaining meeting, with some superb racing being produced from both sides.

Morten Risager, who had missed the team’s previous encounter at the Oak Tree Arena, top scored for the Witches, with 12-points, and was ably backed up by former Rebel, Claus Vissing, on seven points.

Top of the list for the Rebels was Charles Wright, who produced a superb 13-point tally, with Ollie Allen backing up with 11-points. Todd Kurtz also weighed in with 9+1.

Wright’s performance earned him the ‘Rider of the Night’ award from Nick Wellstead of the ‘Utilities Advice Bureau’.

The Rebels now concentrate on their Premier League campaign, with a trip to Newcastle on Sunday, and a home fixture against Glasgow next Friday.

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