Cobras riders shine on the Island

COBRAS riders Lee Strudwick and Danny Halsey both featured in the third U-21 Test match between Great Britain and Australasia on the Isle of Wight last night (Tuesday).

COBRAS riders Lee Strudwick and Danny Halsey both featured in the third U-21 Test match between Great Britain and Australasia on the Isle of Wight last night (Tuesday).

It proved a match of contrasting fortunes for the pair, as Halsey's night ended after two falls and a single point.

However, Strudwick was beaten only in his opening ride and went on to finish as the side's joint top scorer with 12+2.

The Young Lions easily outpaced their Anzac counterparts 59-33 to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.


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Like Strudwick, Simon Lambert, Lee Smart and Brendan Johnson dropped points just once - in each case in their final outings - while Ben Hopwood worked his way into double figures.

Their opponents, struggling for available riders for this fixture, were forced to track a five man team, which left them on a hiding to nothing.

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It fell to young Dakota North to carry the Anzacs' load, and he responded with a race win and 14 points.

The Anzacs' only other race successes went to Grant Tregoning, who otherwise struggled with bike problems, and Justin Sedgmen, who ended Smart's maximum hopes in the final race.

The fourth test is scheduled for Plymouth on Friday, with the finale at Buxton on Sunday.

Great Britain scorers: Simon Lambert 10 (4 rides); Danny Halsey 1 (2); Brendan Johnson 8+1 (4); Ben Hopwood 11+1 (5); Lee Smart 12+2 (5); Lee Strudwick 12+2 (5); Matt Bates 5+2 (5).

Australasia scorers: Justin Sedgmen 7+1 (6 rides); no rider at 2; Grant Tregoning 6 (5); Ryan Sedgmen R/R; Andrew Aldridge 1 (4); Dakota North 14 (7 rides, inc 4 as a TR); Jake Anderson 14+2 (6).

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