18th Nov, 2019

Boars hero Harris hailed by Protherough after comeback win

Ben Tyler 31st Oct, 2019

DAN Protherough paid tribute to his “invaluable” scrum-half Will Harris after he scored all of Bromsgrove’s points in a 24-14 comeback win over Burton.

Harris scored three converted tries and a penalty in the Midlands Premier encounter, giving the Boars a fifth win from their opening eight games to move them up to fifth place.

The Bromsgrove director of rugby admitted that it was a “strange game”, and said: “We scored with our first opportunity but after that it’s fair to say that we buckled under the pressure.

“We weren’t quite in the game, we were soft in some areas, maybe because we were being pragmatic with the weather and the conditions.

“Whether we inhibited ourselves by being wary about the way we were playing, we made lots of mistakes and conceded two soft tries.

“For the first ten minutes of the second half we were not that great, but for the last half hour we played really well.”

He hailed the role of match-winner Harris, on and off the pitch, adding: “Will fulfills lots of roles – he’s invaluable to us.

“He’s also a player coach for the backs, and does lots of work behind the scenes and operates our social media.

“We’re very lucky to have him as a player and as a person, he drives our standards up and helps set the tone with his performances.”

Protherough was quick to point out the greater sense of enjoyment felt from the most recent victory, more so than the Boars’ record win over South Leicester the previous weekend.

“It was a non-event the week before,” he said.

“Any team would not learn anything from it.

“This was a proper test, we played Burton a couple of times the year before last, we won one and lost one, they’ve pushed top sides close this season and they’ve beaten Sandbach.

“They’re not a bad side at all, they’ve had some yo-yo results but to beat them was very pleasing.”

Bromsgrove are currently on a three-match winning streak heading into their weekend off, with the Boars next in action at Doncaster Phoenix on Saturday November 9.

The Boars chief doesn’t believe momentum will be lost as a result of the week’s break, and says an England triumph in the Rugby World Cup final this weekend can have a big impact on the sport.

“We’ll be looking forward to sitting down for the final on Saturday, but it won’t be much different for many clubs,” said Protherough.

“There was a big upsurge [in attendance] at the club for the All Blacks game, I think the effects might come after the World Cup has finished, everyone’s expecting a big bounce in the interest in the sport.”

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