DIRECTOR of rugby Dan Protherough has admitted his players’ new-found ‘collective spirit’ has helped Bromsgrove win four out of their first five games.
Only Hinckley have found a way to defeat Boars this season as Protherough’s men have strengthened their claim to be one the title contenders in National Three Midlands.
Their latest victory came at Lichfield where they fought back from 19-10 behind to win 25-22, with Richard Mahoney dispatching a last-gasp penalty.
And Protherough said he has been delighted with his side’s ‘never-say-die’ attitude as the win saw them move up to third in the league.
“On Saturday, we were in dire straits as we had a number of injuries and we were down to 14 men,” he said.
“But everyone pulled together, worked hard and managed to scrap out a win against a side who probably deserved more on the day.
“Lichfield are a good side and can turn a lot of sides over with the way they play, but we managed to hang in there, get through the tough moments and have the resolve to get the result.
“That is what is pleasing me most at the moment because we probably lacked that collective spirit last year.”
However, the Bromsgrove boss insisted his players have still got a lot to work to do and has urged them to ‘ramp’ up their performance when they host struggling Longton tomorrow (Saturday).
“We have been going well, but we have not hit our straps yet,” he said. “We still feel there is plenty to come in terms our performance.
“It is pleasing in a way that we have managed to get four win out of five, but we now need to push on because we have got some really tough games coming up.
“We have also got to be wary of complacency. I thought we were very sluggish against Syston and although we won 17-3, it was not a fair reflection of the match.
“So we are looking to try and ramp up our performances as we move forward.”
Bromsgrove are also set to be boosted by the return of Tom Hardwick, Matt Edgar, Tom Millen and Jon Critchlow to the starting line-up.