Rugby Union
Bromsgrove victory is marred by McGregor injury

By Jamie Arrowsmith Monday 18 February 2013 Updated: 18/02 15:08

Bromsgrove 27 Sheffield Tigers 15

National Two North

BROMSGROVE'S second victory in as many outings was soured somewhat on Saturday due to the season-ending injury suffered by the influential Chris McGregor.

Continuing their fine form of last week, Bromsgrove recorded a comfortable bonus point victory over Sheffield Tigers at Finstall Park but were rocked by the loss of McGregor to a broken ankle.

The hosts were well on top for long spells and it was not until injuries began to take their toll in the final quarter that Tigers really began to show their teeth.

It did not take long for Bromsgrove to get into their stride and good interplay between Olly Bache and Jon Critchlow saw the former touch down and the latter convert.

Phil Horton maintained his recent good form and with Steve Smith and Dave Hughes offering good support, they proved a constant threat to the visitors.

Tigers managed to contain Bromsgrove for the next 30 minutes despite the hosts domination territory and possession, also managing to cut the lead thanks to Thomas Outram's penalty.

Town finished the half strongly when good forward work, with George Glenn prominent, gave Steve Blackburn the opportunity to peel off the side of the ruck and feed Hughes to score.

Man of the match Bache was on hand to add another try five minutes later, this time in the opposite corner, making it 17-3 at the break.

McGregor's injury disrupted the start of the second half but when play resumed Town refused to be phased with Morgan proving an able deputy.

Firstly, James Curgenven, who has made a world of difference since returning to the side, kicked a penalty and shortly afterwards Dave Brazier, the busy scrum half, got a well earned touch down, converted by Curgenven.

That opened up an unassailable 27-3 lead, which was a good job as injuries to Norris, Wilson and Curgenven disrupted Town and allowed Tigers to finish the stronger with tries from the impressive James Broadley and local boy Samir Tahraoui.

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