Monday October 02, 2017
STAND-IN skipper Rory Schlein admits Wolverhampton are the underdogs going into tonight’s Premiership Grand Final first leg at Swindon (7.30) – but says that tag suits them down to the ground.

The Parrys International Wolves head to The Abbey Stadium looking to keep themselves in contention for the title ahead of Wednesday’s deciding home leg at Monmore Green (7.30).

But the reigning champions know the size of the task ahead of them after top Swedish duo Freddie Lindgren and Jacob Thorssell were both ruled out.

The pair sustained back injuries in the Semi-Finals against Belle Vue and club bosses have called upon three-time British Champion Chris ‘Bomber’ Harris to help their title bid for a second successive season.

Schlein says people would be foolish to write the Wolves off and has issued the message of ‘let’s do it for Fred and Jacob’ to his team-mates.

“They’ve been our two best riders this season and I reckon they’ve been two of the most consistent, high quality performers in the Premiership all season long,” Schlein said.

“So to be without the pair of them is pretty gut-wrenching for us all and it is a major blow because we know what they’re both capable of.

“But it’s only made the rest of us boys want it even more than we did before.

“Not only do we want to win it for each other and for the management, and the staff and the supporters, we want to do it for those Swedish boys now because they deserve a medal for the way they’ve rode this year.

“You know what you’re going to get from Bomber when he comes in; you know he’ll give it 110 per cent and you know he won’t give up on anything until he’s crossed that finishing line.

“So we’re ready for this and we’re going to Swindon for the win.

“That’s been our approach all season; it got us into the play-offs, it got us into the Grand Final so why would we change that now?

“People may be stacking the odds against us but it would be a very brave person to rule us out because we’re a determined bunch.

“I understand why we may be seen as the underdogs, and yes the expectation probably is with Swindon, but that suits us absolutely fine.

“Belle Vue made us work extremely hard in both legs of the semis and I think that can work more in your favour going into a Grand Final than if you’ve beaten your opponents comfortably.

“So we’re feeling really prepared, the team spirit is awesome and we’re pumped for these two massive meetings!”

SWINDON: Jason Doyle, Adam Ellis, Tobiasz Musielak, David Bellego, Nick Morris, Bradley Wilson-Dean, Liam Carr.

WOLVERHAMPTON: Chris Harris, Kyle Howarth, Rory Schlein, Jacob Thorssell R/R, Sam Masters, Mark Riss, Nathan Greaves.

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