17th Jan, 2019

Bromsgrove must be mindful of in-form Sutton Coldfield, warns Protherough

DIRECTOR of rugby Dan Protherough wants to see Bromsgrove show ‘lots of pace, urgency and power’ against in-form Sutton Coldfield this weekend.

The Boars travel to the Roger Smoldon Ground on Saturday to take on a Sutton side which has won their last four Midlands One West games, a run of form that has moved them out of the relegation zone with three games to go.

And to come up against a team which is fighting for its life, Protherough told the Standard that Bromsgrove will have to approach the game in the right way to come away with victory to maintain their slim hopes of claiming a top-two finish.

Ed Spalding (knee) and Sam Bastock (away) will be unavailable.

“We have got to be very mindful of Sutton because they looked dead and buried not long ago,” said Protherough.

“Sutton are a good side and have dangerous outside backs which we have to be careful of.

“It’s important we try to dominate the game like how we did against Stourbridge Lions.

“I want to see lots of pace, urgency and power.”

Bromsgrove were out of action at the weekend but they secured their place in the final of the North Midlands Cup last Thursday evening after beating Midlands Premier leaders Birmingham & Solihull Bees 15-5.

Tom Hardwick and Josh Holt grabbed the tries while Richard Mahoney kicked a conversion and penalty.

The victory has set up a tie against Newport (Salop) on Sunday, May 13 at Dudley Kingswinford.

“The conditions were absolutely horrendous,” said Protherough.

“It was like playing in the World War One trenches, that’s how muddy it was.

“We started both halves really well and we were clinical when we needed to be.

“There was a point where we had to absorb a lot of pressure in the last 15 minutes but our defence held firm.

“We were solid throughout and it was great to get the win.”

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