Thursday's return a personal test for Hans
6:00am Tuesday 2nd October 2012 in By Ned Payne
HANS Andersen plans to use Thursday’s play-off semi-final return leg against Birmingham to carry out testing on his machinery.The Robins skipper wants to ensure his bikes are in the best possible shape for next week’s Elite League grand final against Poole, assuming Swindon get there.
Alun Rossiter’s men all-but secured their place in the 2012 season showpiece with a 55-35 win against the Brummies last night.
And Andersen said: “We can go out and do a bit of testing on track because you do your best testing when you’re racing people.
“Not disrespecting Birmingham but we’ve still got a 20-point lead, so it’s more important to get a few bits and pieces completely dialled in for Monday when it comes down to the crunch.
“I will spread the word around being captain. Everyone wants to score a maximum every meeting, but I will encourage the boys to maybe try a few bits and pieces, just to make sure we’re on top of our game when Poole comes round.
“You still still have your usual bike which you normally ride, but maybe try something with a second bike.”
Although he admits only a near-miracle can stop Swindon charging into the grand final, the Dane has warned his teammates that they still have a job to do at the Abbey Stadium.
Birmingham have pushed Swindon twice at Blunsdon this year and Andersen reckons they cannot take overall victory for granted.
“I know we won twice here (at Perry Barr) earlier in the season, but I think Birmingham were a little bit stronger on paper now then back then, so I am a bit surprised by the result (last night),” he said.
“It was a comfortable win but it’s not over. We’ve still got to do it in the second leg, we could still get an injury or two and you never know.
“But it should be fairly done and dusted by now.”