Somerset Rebels will pose a tough challenge for the Panthers. They have already thumped Plymouth and Olly Allen returns to the Showground where he was an Elite League star man

Lasse Bjerre

Lasse Bjerre - Credit: Archant

Peterborough face a tough test at the Showground on Tuesday - with reigning Premier League champions Somerset in town (7.30pm).

Despite making several changes to their title-winning septet, the Rebels are once again strongly fancied to be in the shake-up for major honours this season.

And they stated their 2014 intentions right from the off with a thumping 57-36 away win at Plymouth on Saturday.

The TC Harrison Panthers were themselves set for a big win over the Devils last Tuesday, only for the meeting to be abandoned due to a power failure at the Showground.

The visit of the Rebels therefore now becomes Panthers’ second home League Cup fixture, with the away schedule in this competition starting at the Oak Tree Arena a week on Friday.

Panthers are at full strength whilst the visitors are led by a familiar face, with Olly Allen having ridden for Peterborough in the Elite League as recently as 2012.

The Rebels also include one of the sport’s biggest rising talents in 17-year-old Brady Kurtz, who was immediately into double-figures at the weekend, whilst Nick Morris is expected to be one of the league’s star performers at No.1.

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Panthers skipper Ulrich Ostergaard said: “We certainly didn’t want to see the Plymouth meeting abandoned after performing so well. We just need to take that form forward and make sure we put a good result on the board.

“We know it is going to be hard against Somerset, but beating the team that won the league last year would be a great way to show everyone what we are about.”

PANTHERS: Ryan Fisher, Lewis Blackbird, Lasse Bjerre, Ulrich Ostergaard, Ales Dryml, Joe Jacobs, Oliver Greenwood.

SOMERSET: Nick Morris, Todd Kurtz, Brady Kurtz, Pontus Aspgren, Olly Allen, Charles Wright, Paul Starke.

*PANTHERS fans are reminded that a £2 discount on admission is available on Tuesday upon production of a re-admission ticket from last week’s abandoned match against Plymouth.

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