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15th April 2017

Having had their unbeaten Premiership league record ended by Somerset on Good Friday evening the VOLVO CARS POOLE PIRATES will be looking at more local rivals as they plan to maintain their place at the top of the early table when they visit Swindon on Easter Sunday 5pm.

Number one Krzysztof Kasprzak returns for this meeting and it was from this position that the Pirates were heavily exposed in their second meeting of the day against the Rebels on Fridy, so Poole boss Matt Ford is hoping that Kasprzak's return will add some strength to the Pirates cause "Unfortunately it didn't work out too well for us Friday evening as poor Jason Garrity had problems all night but nevertheless I was grateful for him for stepping in at short notice, in hindsight maybe rider replacement would have given us a better return but where there is an opportunity to field a full side I always feel it is better to do so. We are running rider replacement at Swindon because we have no option, Lewis is riding for Scunthorpe so Brady and Nicolai will have to do the covering in the main. We will be without James (Shanes) for this meeting too and so I am grateful to Darryl Ritchings for stepping in. As with James I have no real expecations on the number seven but Darryl is familiar with Swindon but of course at a lower level."

The Robins themselves operate rider replacement with Adam Ellis ruled out through injury but spearheaded by Jason Doyle and the hitherto in-form Nick Morris they have a powerhouse top end and the VOLVO CARS PIRATES will need to be at their best to yield something from this encounter.

Swindon, unlike Poole, have progressed into the semi-finals of the KO Cup having claimed a double over Rye House for an aggregate 100-80 quarter final triumph, but did have their colours lowered in the Premiership by Poole's cup conquerors Belle Vue in their one and only Premiership league meeting to-date.

Teams from:

Swindon: David Bellego, Jason Doyle (Capt), Rider replacement for Adam Ellis, Nick Morris, Bradley Wilson-Dean, Emil Grondal, Zach Wajtknecht Team manager: Alun Rossiter

Poole: Hans Andersen (Capt), Jack Holder, Krzysztof Kasprzak, Rider replacement for Lewis Kerr, Brady Kurtz, Nicolai Klindt, Darryl Ritchings (Guest) Team manager: Neil Middleditch

League table

Pos  Club  M W D L 4W 3W D 1L L Pts
1 Swindon 28 11 1 2 5 3 0 3 3 66
2 Wolverhampton 28 13 0 1 4 1 0 5 4 63
3 Belle Vue 28 10 1 3 3 4 0 3 4 58
4 Poole 28 8 0 6 3 2 3 2 4 50
5 Rye House 28 12 0 2 1 2 0 2 9 48
6 Somerset 28 7 1 6 0 3 0 1 10 32
7 King's Lynn 28 5 0 9 1 3 0 1 9 29
8 Leicester 28 6 1 7 0 1 1 3 9 27

Final Standings (champions to be determined via play-offs)

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