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Poole Pirates: Tungate told he must prove his fitness
MATT Ford has told luckless Pirates ace Rohan Tungate that he must prove his fitness before he can take his place in Poole’s grand final glory bid.
The Australian was a frustrated spectator during Poole’s 57-36 first-leg hammering of Birmingham last night having failed to recover from a damaged hand.
That injury, which was sustained in a smash while riding for Ipswich, also prevented Tungate from featuring in Pirates’ semi-final second leg against Swindon.
It was a cruel blow for the 23-year-old who, together with mainstay Maciej Janowski, is one of only two riders to have been in Poole’s declared line-up all season.
Rider replacement supplied 5+1 and 5+2 in Tungate’s absence and promoter Ford says Pirates will again run with that if Tungate is unable to show his readiness.
Ford told the Daily Echo: “Rohan phoned me on Sunday night and said he was getting close to being fit again, but you can’t afford to take chances with these things. Rohan now needs to prove his fitness in the next week.
“At this point in time, it is crucial that he shows he can ride competitively before coming back. He knows that so he will be looking to do something over the next week and see if he is mentally right to race at this level. He knows that before he can step back into something like this, we just need to make sure he is ready to race.
“It was an awful injury and I was told his season was over, but it could be that he will ride again next week.”
Ford confirmed that Kyle Newman was in line to keep his place as a guest should Micky Dyer fail to overcome a virus ahead of the second leg in Birmingham next Monday. Popular Poole-born rider Newman chipped in with 3+1 from four outings following his late call-up to face the Brummies.
Ford said: “We have Darcy Ward, Greg Hancock, Maciej Janowski and Tomas H Jonasson but when you look further down the order, Josh Grajczonek and Kyle Newman were excellent last night.
“As a hometown lad, Kyle stepped in at the 11th hour and 59th minute and he did such a good job.
“It is a shame that Micky isn’t fit and we will wait to see how Micky is over the next week after the virus.
“We would probably give Kyle another go (if Dyer is unfit) because he is an asset of the club. Kyle would certainly be the first person we would go to.”
Meanwhile, Ford insisted Pirates would not get ahead of themselves – despite racking up a commanding 21-point lead at Wimborne Road.
He added: “I didn’t even dream of a 21-point lead and I am incredibly happy with that.
“We are at half-time now and we have been in this position before, where we have gone into a second leg with a substantial lead.
“But, genuinely, there is no singing and dancing here. That was just one part of the job done and now we have to try to win the second half.”
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