11th Dec, 2018

Bromsgrove need to utilise the wider areas of the pitch more, says chief Protherough

Craig Gibbons 25th Jan, 2018 Updated: 25th Jan, 2018

DIRECTOR of rugby Dan Protherough wants to see Bromsgrove utilise the wider areas of the pitch during this weekend’s Midland One West clash at Lutterworth.

Third-placed Boars make the trip to Ashby Lane on Saturday looking to claim back-to-back wins as they bid to keep the pressure on the league leading pair of Dudley Kignswinford and Burton.

Bromsgrove put the Leicestershire side to the sword earlier in the season, cruising to a 60-12 victory at Finstall Park.

However, with fifth-placed Lutterworth having won their last four home league games on the bounce, Protherough told the Standard everyone needs to be fully focused.

“Lutterworth are a strong side at home so it is important we come out the blocks quickly,” he said.

“In attack it is vital we are more clinical because me make a few line breaks but there is no end product so we have to start converting those chances.

“We also need to make the pitch as big as possible because at the moment we are only using about 70 to 80 per cent of the grass available to us.

“We want to stretch the opposition and use some of the pace and ball-playing ability we have got on the wings.”

Bromsgrove hit back from their narrow 25-23 defeat at DK with a resounding 27-3 victory over Hereford at Finstall Park on Saturday.

In what proved to be a close affair, a hat-trick of tries in the last final 15 minutes got the hosts over the winning line.

Ed Spalding started the scoring for Bromsgrove, sprinting over the line in the fifth minute with Richard Mahoney adding the extras.

After both sides exchanged penalties, the Boars entered the last quarter with a slender 10-3 advantage before turning on the style.

Jake Abbott touched down from a line-out before Bobby Green crossed the whitewash for the third try.

Bryn Williams then bundled over in the dying moments to secure the bonus try point with Mahoney converting.

And boss Protherough was chuffed with how Bromsgrove defended to keep a hard-working Hereford side at bay.

“It was good to get back to winning ways because we were still sore from the defeat to DK because we felt we did enough to win that game,” he said.

“Hereford were a tough nut to crack but we eventually got our just rewards in the final 15 minutes.

“They caused us a few problems up front but our defence was really good in what was a game of very few chances.

“We made a few mistakes early on but in the second half we toughed it out and our pressure told.”

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