SOMERSET Rebels team manager Garry May believes his side are on course to achieve their aim for the season – a place in the SGB Premiership playoffs.

With 12 league matches played and 16 still to come, the Rebels sit fourth in the standings, only two points off second spot.

May said: “Our aim for this year was to make the playoffs, and we’re on course to do that.

“We’ve not lost at home this season, and we’re picking up away points too.”

They’re also into the Knockout Cup semi-finals, having dispatched Poole Pirates in the quarters last week – Jason Doyle top scoring with 14 as the Rebels won the second leg 47-43 to complete a 99-81 aggregate victory.

May had plenty of praise for team captain (and world champion) Doyle and rising star Jack Holder, both of whom have excelled so far this campaign.

“Jason is under a lot of pressure, with his GP commitments and as our number one,” May said.

“He always wants to do well for the club, and he puts pressure on himself.

“Jack’s been awesome, and he’s come on leaps and bounds this season.

“He’s going to go a long way in the sport.”

May is also happy with Nico Covatti and Claus Vissing, who have come in as mid-season signings, and he’s optimistic for the remainder of the 2018 campaign.

“We’ve got to keep winning at home, and pick up as many away points as we can.

“If we make the playoffs, it’s back to zero, and we’ll aim to reach the final.

“Our aim is to improve every year, and I think we’re doing that.”

The Rebels’ home meeting with Rye House Rockets, due to take place last night (Thursday), was postponed.

That means that their next fixture is set to be away to Wolverhampton on Monday, July 9, before they welcome King’s Lynn to the Oaktree Arena on Wednesday, July 11.