GRAND FINAL PREVIEW: IPSWICH v ROBINS

Monday October 14, 2019
SWINDON are two meetings away from a possible league and cup double – as they head to Ipswich on Tuesday in the first leg of the Premiership Grand Final.

The CFS Filtration Robins have hit a rich vein of form in the closing weeks of the campaign, and aggregate victory over the Witches would give them a second title in three years, and add to their Supporters’ Cup victory from last month.

Their first job is to emerge from Foxhall unscathed and ensure the Grand Final is in a winnable position going into Thursday’s second leg at the Abbey.

Robins’ record at the Suffolk venue makes encouraging reading, as they produced one of their best away performances of the campaign to win 53-37 in mid-August.

They also went down to two narrow 48-42 defeats, one in the Cup in April, and another last month in a result which actually clinched their play-off place.

And recent home form naturally leads to plenty of confidence – especially given that on the Witches’ last visit to the Abbey, Swindon surged to a massive 66-24 victory, their biggest for 12 years.

But since then, Ipswich have made changes and regained their momentum, with Danish Grand Prix star Niels-Kristian Iversen coming into the team – with, crucially, Jake Allen dropping back to reserve where he had starred earlier in the campaign.

The Witches got the better of Poole in an extraordinary semi-final in which they became the first club in top-flight play-off history to put out the league leaders at that stage – and now their own sights are on a first title since 1998.

Swindon manager Alun Rossiter said: “Ipswich are a different side now to the one we thrashed at home at the end of August.

“They did well to make the play-offs, and they did exceptionally well to reach the Final. They started off great at Poole and then let a few points slip, but then they did really well at home.

“Niels is back, and it’s going to be interesting. But we shouldn’t be fearing anybody – although obviously we won’t be taking anything for granted.

“It’s been a fantastic season so far, we’ve already won the Supporters’ Cup and now it would be nice to do the double.

“We’ve never done the double so far so that would be fantastic for our history, and if the boys keep riding like they are, I can’t see any reason why we can’t do it.”

IPSWICH: Niels-Kristian Iversen, Cameron Heeps, Chris Harris, Richard Lawson, Danny King, James Sarjeant, Jake Allen.
SWINDON: Jason Doyle, Adam Ellis, Tobiasz Musielak, Rasmus Jensen, Troy Batchelor, Ellis Perks, Claus Vissing.


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