PANTHERS v EDINBURGH, PREVIEW

Saturday May 12, 2018
PETERBOROUGH have to bounce back quickly when they host Edinburgh at the East of England Arena on Sunday (5pm).

The T.Balfe Construction Panthers must put Friday’s humbling home defeat to Workington behind them and focus on the next challenge provided by the Monarchs.

Gating was a particular issue against the Comets, and that resulted in a severe lack of race winners when compared to recent meetings.

Panthers picked up a point from their visit to Edinburgh last Friday with Scott Nicholls and Nike Lunna scoring well on that occasion, and the 48-42 home win was the Monarchs’ only Championship fixture so far.

In the Championship Shield, the Scottish side will not be progressing to the semi-finals as they are currently bottom of their group with two matches to go, having suffered a 41-48 home reverse to fierce rivals Glasgow which effectively ended their chances.

They did, however, pick up a point from a 43-47 defeat at Workington and were not too far adrift when they visited Glasgow either.

The Monarchs are led by a powerful top two with American star Ricky Wells now an out-and-out No.1 at this level, whilst German rider Erik Riss has taken over the captaincy and continues to improve year-on-year.

There are two newcomers in the Edinburgh ranks with highly rated American youngster Max Ruml joined by up-and-coming Swede Joel Andersson.

Panthers will be unchanged, and boss Carl Johnson said: “The mindset of the riders will be that they’ve got to do better.

“I’m not a great believer in too much change because riders nowadays don’t like that. They want the same things, and if you can give them a settled environment then that’s better for them.

“That said, obviously we’ll be having a talk beforehand. The riders know they owe everyone a positive performance after Friday, and they owe it to themselves, the supporters and the management team who put a lot of work in to get them on track.

“They all know it, and hopefully they’ll be able to do it on the track. Friday was unacceptable but it’s the riders themselves who can put things right, and that’s what we want against Edinburgh.”

PETERBOROUGH: Scott Nicholls, Emil Grondal, Nike Lunna, Michael Palm Toft, Ulrich Ostergaard, Tom Bacon, Simon Lambert.
EDINBURGH: Ricky Wells, Joel Andersson, Mark Riss, Max Ruml, Erik Riss, Matt Williamson, Josh Pickering.


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