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TAPES-UP: Ward expects close finish against Swindon Robins
POOLE star Darcy Ward is convinced tonight’s second leg will go all the way to the final few heats.
The Robins lead the play-off semi-final by 10 points after the first leg, having claimed the Elite League title when the two teams met last season after taking only a seven point advantage to Wimborne Road.
Alun Rossiter’s side won the title by the end of heat 12 a year ago, but Ward is expecting the battle for a place in the final to go a little further tonight.
“It’s certainly doable for us and it’s going to come down to the last few races, and there will be some very big races on the night,” he said.
“We know 10 points is a lot because Swindon are good at Poole, and last time they were there they didn’t have Kildemand and it was close, so they might be a bit stronger now.
“It’s the play-offs though so anything can happen.”
If the Pirates are to overturn their 10-point deficit, Ward knows the likes of Tomas H Jonasson and Rohan Tungate will need to step up after underperforming in the first leg.
“Riders like Tomas (H Jonasson) are really good at Poole and we need everyone firing, and we are much better at home so we should give ourselves a chance,” he said.
“Hopefully the track is good and if it is I’m sure our boys will be much stronger. It can all be different at Poole but we will have to raise our game.”
Meanwhile, Ward and Robins rider Nick Morris were part of the Australia team which missed out on a place on the rostrum at the U21 World Team Cup final in the Czech Republic on Saturday night.
The pair were joined by Alex Davies and Tyson Nelson in Pardubice, but the quartet finished fourth behind eventual winners Denmark, Poland and their Czech hosts.
Morris only managed three points from his five rides while Ward scored 11, but 16 from Michael Jepsen Jensen and 11 from Mikkel Michelsen was enough for Denmark to beat Poland by a point.
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