20th Oct, 2018

Bromsgrove down Malvern to maintain 100 per cent start

Craig Gibbons 10th Oct, 2018

BROMSGROVE maintained their 100 per cent winning start to the season with a resounding 43-10 victory away at county rivals Malvern.

The Boars took a 12-7 lead into the break at Spring Lane on Saturday afternoon, thanks to a try each from Ed Spalding and Drew Harper as well as a Will Harris conversion.

After the interval both sides kicked over penalties to put the score at 15-10.

Bromsgrove then took control of proceedings, with James Martin bundling over before Harper bagged his second try of the afternoon.

Harris added try number five before Hugh Lockhart touched down for the final try of the game.

Harris converted all of the tries in the second period.

Although Bromsgrove made it six wins from six, they dropped to second in the Midlands One West table by virtue of points difference, with Newbold on Avon taking over at the top following their emphatic 51-3 demolition of Sutton Coldfield.

Bromsgrove’s hard-to-please director of rugby Dan Protherough said: “It was a very scrappy game and I thought we were a bit sloppy.

“We were not clinical enough in the first half and gave away too many soft penalties too.

“We closed out the game in the end but we are just lacking that high intensity from recent weeks.

“It’s hard going away from home and being near the top as teams are going all guns blazing to beat you.

“However, we want to be playing with an intensity which other teams cannot live with.”

From their six games so far, Bromsgrove have picked up the bonus points in five of them and that is something which has pleased Protherough.

“Last season we let too many bonus points slip from our grasp which can make a difference in the league standings,” he added.

“That was something we wanted to improve on this year and as it stands we have done exactly that.”

Bromsgrove now have a week off as they were due to face Droitwich in the North Midlands Cup on Saturday.

However, Droitwich have opted out of the fixture.

It means Bromsgrove automatically progress into the semi-finals where they will take on either Bournville or Dudley Kingswinford.

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