11th Dec, 2018

Bromsgrove urged to show courage in crunch encounter

Craig Gibbons 26th Oct, 2018

THERE is a mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash as leaders Bromsgrove make the trip to second-placed Newbold.

With both sides enjoying 100 per cent starts after seven games, something has got to give on Saturday afternoon in Warwickshire.

Bromsgrove’s director of rugby Dan Protherough told the Standard his players are thoroughly looking forward to the challenge.

“It’s going to be a really tough test for us but it’s the kind of game you don’t have to motivate the players for,” he said.

“Everyone knows that it’s a big game and knowing that allows us to focus on the technical and tactical side of things.

“I want to see lots of courage from the lads, not just in the tackle, but with the ball too.

“We have got where we are by playing good rugby and changing the point of attack well so we want to make sure we do that.

“I think intensity is going to be key too. We don’t want to be hiding in our shell.

“If we play as well as have we have been doing at a high intensity then I know we’ll be performing at our best.”

A coach-load of Bromsgrove fans are expected to make the trip to Newbold and Protherough believes their support could make a difference.

“It’s great to see so many people want to come down and cheer the lads on.”

Bromsgrove head into the game on the back of an emphatic 48-8 victory over Moseley Oak – a result which moved the Boars back to the summit of Midlands One West by one point.

Tom Sadler (3), James Gunther (2), Ross Attwood, Ed Spalding and Jay Martin bagged the tries while Will Harris kicked four conversions.

Hard-to-please Protherough believed Bromsgrove could have done better but understood it was hard for his players not to think about the Newbold clash.

“At times we were a little bit sloppy and not exactly where needed to be mentally,” he said.

“We talk about taking one game at a time but I do understand it can be hard to focus on one game when a big clash is on the horizon.

“That happens in all sport but the main thing was we got the win and picked up another five points.

“From that aspect I cannot be too harsh on the lads but there are areas where we need to be better.”

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