NICK Morris is thrilled to have proved the doubters of Swindon Robins and team manager Alun Rossiter wrong following their storming run to the SGB Premiership final.

When Rossiter unveiled his 2017 septet at the start of the year, many supporters were unconvinced about what the Robins could achieve this season, while several pundits and experts tipped them to finish bottom of the table.

Those worries looked justified after a sluggish start to the campaign, which saw Swindon win just two of their opening nine meetings in the Premiership.

However, Rossiter was swift to act and brought Pole Tobiasz Musielak into his line-up, with the resulting turnaround in form as instant as it was dramatic.

From there, the Robins set off on an astonishing 17-meeting winning run which saw them finish top of the table and they backed that up by beating Poole Pirates in the play-off semi-finals to qualify for next week’s Grand Final.

Australian ace Morris is overjoyed at how the Robins riders managed to raise their game and pointed plenty of praise in the direction of Rossiter too.

“I think Rosco copped a lot of flak over the winter with the team and then again at the start of the season when we weren’t doing much,” said Morris, who is in his sixth season with Swindon.

“Everyone started doubting us and we got called the worst team for a little while.

“To turn it around and finish top of the table and now be in the final has been a huge effort from everyone and it’s credit to Rosco.

“It shows he knows what he is doing. He has had a lot of success in this league over the years so I trust what he is doing and how we’ve done this year shows he makes the right choices.”

Morris said he never doubted that Swindon would book their berth in the Grand Final on Monday night despite the team having to survive a bit of a scare before finally seeing off the Pirates 97-82 on aggregate.

Carrying a two-point cushion into the second leg at the Abbey Stadium after winning away at Poole two weeks earlier, that lead was down to just one with four heats remaining.

However, the Robins put together a stunning end to the night, finishing with 19 points to the visitors’ five over the final four heats to run out comfortable winners in the end.

“Thankfully we’d already done half the job at Poole by getting the win there,” said 23-year-old Morris.

“They didn’t make it easy for us but all the boys dug deep and we ended up getting a pretty comfortable win in the end.

“I wasn’t too worried about the result. It was a little bit close for comfort but I was confident that the boys would come good in the end and that’s what we did.

“Now we are looking forward to the final and we have just got to all fire on the day and we will see what happens.”