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Somerset Rebels bid for first Premier League title at Scunthorpe Scorpions

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: October 29, 2012

Somerset Rebels have already won the League Cup. Tonight they will go for the Premier League title. Photo by Phil Hilton

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Cases Somerset Rebels bid to clinch a league and cup double in the Premier League Grand Final decider at Scunthorpe Scorpions tonight (7.30pm).

The Rebels were due to defend their five-point lead from Friday night's home leg at the Oaktree Arena yesterday afternoon, but the match was postponed due to a waterlogged track.

The meeting is now scheduled for tonight, and the new League Cup holders will be aiming to consolidate their 49-44 advantage from Friday night.

Somerset were due to include Sheffield Tigers rider Richard Hall in their line-up yesterday to replace Craig Cook.

Cook - himself brought in as a replacement for injured Rebels skipper Jason Doyle - suffered a recurrence of an arm injury while riding for Berwick on Saturday night.

He had scored a maximum in the second leg of the League Cup Final victory at Ipswich Witches on Thursday night, and also scored valuable points 24 hours later against the Scorpions.

"Obviously it is a blow that Cookie has had to pull out," Rebels promoter Debbie Hancock told the club's official website yesterday.

"We are grateful to Richard Hall, who has stepped in at the 11th hour for us in his place.

"We send our best wishes to Craig, thanking him for what were two excellent guest performances for us."

Victory for the Rebels over the two legs will see them become Premier League champions for the first time in their history.

Such a feat would be even more remarkable considering that the club was only formed in 2000, and did not join the Premier League until 2002.

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