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SOMERSET Rebels’ hopes of defending their League Cup crown hang in the balance following their back-to-back weekend encounters with local rivals,the Plymouth Devils.

The loss of a home match pointin Friday night’s match atthe Oaktree Arena was followed up with a disappointing seven-point defeat at Plymouth’s St Boniface Arena just 24 hours later, which all means thatthe Rebels, having completed their group matches, will now have to rely on the remaining group results going their way if they are to progress to the semifinal stages of the competition.

Such is the nature of the group that itis still possible for any one of the four teams that comprise the Southern Section to finish as the group winners and claim that semi-final berth.

Somerset’s fate is now out of their own hands,though, perhaps somewhat ironically Plymouth could have a big say in proceedings as both of the remaining group matches involve the Devils as they firsttravelto Rye House on Saturday and then Ipswich (date to be confirmed).

The Rebels do not have a home meeting this Friday with the next action atthe Oaktree Arena being on Friday, May 3 with the visit of the Leicester Lions in Somerset’s opening Premier League fixture of the season.