SWINDON ROBINS: Stead wants tacticals rethink

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SIMON Stead has questioned the value of tactical rides in the Elite League play-offs after Swindon were pegged back by a double dose of black and white magic last night.

The Robins led 36-18 against Poole in the first leg of the grand final following a dominant display in the first half of the meeting, but tactical wins for Chris Holder and Darcy Ward allowed the Pirates to reduce the deficit from 18 points to 10 in the space of just two heats.

Those 6-3 and 7-2 heat advantages gave the Pirates significant momentum and helped them close the gap to just 51-44 following the final race.

And Stead hinted that he would like to see speedway's authorities consider rule changes in the winter to prevent tactical rides having such a significant effect on the play-offs.

"Poole are such a strong team with such strong heat leaders, it's always a danger when you go into tactical territory," said Stead, who scored eight paid 10 at Blunsdon.

"I don't know, maybe that needs a rethink. In league racing when it's not the be-all and end-all riding on it then it's OK, but this is a final, and it was a little bit unlucky that it caught us.

"It's a final and it's disappointing that it worked for them."

Stead accepts that there is little that Swindon can do about Poole's tactical brilliance now, stating that securing the Robins' first top-flight title in 45 years should be their only concern.

"They are the rules and we stick by them, and the result we have at the end of it is we're up by seven," he said.

"We got a win and we have to be confident going there and doing what we do best.

"We just have to go there on Wednesday knowing the job we have to do and try and make it happen.

"There's still 15 heats of racing left and that's a long way.

"It's about getting no last places, we can go there and get 3-3s all night and win the league."

Despite his focus on the task in hand, the Yorkshireman admitted it was a blow to let Poole back into last night's meeting after they were out of contention initially.

"Obviously we would have liked more (of an advantage), but fair play to them, they came back with two tacticals," he said.

"Both teams were what they were, we had to do without (Jason) Doyle and I'm reasonably pleased with the result."

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9:06am Tue 16 Oct 12

Rovin Robin says...

Great job Simon sure was a hard ride for you after your fall.. You may get a 6 point race win on Wednesday.. Hopefully we wont need any tactical rides though.. Proud of you..
Great job Simon sure was a hard ride for you after your fall.. You may get a 6 point race win on Wednesday.. Hopefully we wont need any tactical rides though.. Proud of you.. Rovin Robin
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9:06am Tue 16 Oct 12

oldlegtrailer says...

Swindon in theory gave Poole a hiding as a team but the stupid rules set only for TV let them off the hook. There should only be 1 tactical opportunity.
The present rules encourage teams to set up top end powerful teams cos away from home you can always get back in to the match even if you have a
crap side. Poole are a three man team
nothing more nothing less but those three guarantee 35 points
Swindon in theory gave Poole a hiding as a team but the stupid rules set only for TV let them off the hook. There should only be 1 tactical opportunity. The present rules encourage teams to set up top end powerful teams cos away from home you can always get back in to the match even if you have a crap side. Poole are a three man team nothing more nothing less but those three guarantee 35 points oldlegtrailer
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12:35pm Tue 16 Oct 12

mikek says...

Yes these rules are just pants and does nothing for a team that were riding their hearts out only to be hit by stupid rules that allow points to be doubled, never liked it and never will. Rather have the tactical sub where they can nominate a rider in any race if say they are 10 or 12 points down but his score should stay the same. All this doubling of points is a farce. Plus the fact that Holder and Wards bikes seem to be loaned out in a few heats it makes a mockery of the sport. Speedway needs some major surgery for next season and we need to ride all on the same evenings say Monday like they do in other countries otherwise the top riders will be lost to the sport. And get rid of those stupid silencers and get back to how the bikes and set ups were before.
Yes these rules are just pants and does nothing for a team that were riding their hearts out only to be hit by stupid rules that allow points to be doubled, never liked it and never will. Rather have the tactical sub where they can nominate a rider in any race if say they are 10 or 12 points down but his score should stay the same. All this doubling of points is a farce. Plus the fact that Holder and Wards bikes seem to be loaned out in a few heats it makes a mockery of the sport. Speedway needs some major surgery for next season and we need to ride all on the same evenings say Monday like they do in other countries otherwise the top riders will be lost to the sport. And get rid of those stupid silencers and get back to how the bikes and set ups were before. mikek
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3:56pm Tue 16 Oct 12

swindonspur says...

Gotta say well done Steady on last nights performance. Paid 10 at number 4 was much more than I expected. 6 or 7 points from him at Poole tomorrow night and that title will be ours.
Gotta say well done Steady on last nights performance. Paid 10 at number 4 was much more than I expected. 6 or 7 points from him at Poole tomorrow night and that title will be ours. swindonspur
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6:25pm Tue 16 Oct 12

swindonbob says...

Have already commented on the farcical tactical ride rule. Lets hope the best TEAM wins on Wednesday.
Have already commented on the farcical tactical ride rule. Lets hope the best TEAM wins on Wednesday. swindonbob
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7:00pm Tue 16 Oct 12

mancrobin says...

Fantastic to see Steady back on form and a great performance by the team. I think it will be really close and although the tactical ride system may go against a strong all round team, that does mean we have more options for riders to hit form. Another 5-1 in heat 2 would be good!
Fantastic to see Steady back on form and a great performance by the team. I think it will be really close and although the tactical ride system may go against a strong all round team, that does mean we have more options for riders to hit form. Another 5-1 in heat 2 would be good! mancrobin
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