Tigers lose... but secure a semi-final spot anyway

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Depleted Sheffield went down to their first League Cup defeat of the season at Newcastle last night - but they are safely through to the semi-finals.

With only three of their declared line-up available they put up a determined display despite going 12-points down by the half-way stage.

Things got worse for the Tigers in heat nine when guest Rafal Konopka and reserve Arthur Sissis conceded a 5-1 to trail by 16-points.

But two great rides by Jason Garrity in heats ten and 11 pulled the Tigers right back into contention.

He combined with Ashley Birks for a 5-1 before an intelligent move saw him team ride Grajczonek home for a tactical ride 8-1 maximum to reduce the deficit to just five-points.

Four successive shared heats followed to round-off the meeting, but it wasn’t enough to see the Tigers pull off what would have been one of the comebacks of the season so far.

Grajczonek proved a super guest once again with a tremendous 15+1 points haul from the No.1 position.

Garrity continued his fine form with just over two weeks to go until the British Final as he raced his way to 14 paid 15.

Birks had a much better meeting and bagged paid nine.

The Tigers return to Premier League action at Owlerton on Thursday (June 4) when they face Glasgow.

n Newcastle 49: Steve Worrall 17, Lewis Rose 9+1, Ludvig Lindgren 8+1, Christian Henry 6+3, Simon Nielsen 6+1, Lewis Kerr 3, Anton Rosen r/r.

n Sheffield 44: Josh Grajczonek 15+1, Jason Garrity 14+1, Ashley Birks 6+3, Rafal Konopka 4+1, Arthur Sissis 4+1, James Sarjeant 1, Ty Proctor r/r.

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