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Protherough: Bromsgrove need to have a strong mentality

Craig Gibbons 24th Feb, 2016 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

BROMSGROVE RFC’s director of rugby Dan Protherough insists his players need to maintain a strong mentality if they are to claim a top four finish come the end of the season.

Following back-to-back wins in recent weeks against Longton and Newport (Salop) respectively in the National League Three Midlands, the Boars’ hopes of a top four spot were dented as they slumped to a 38-0 defeat to Nuneaton on Saturday.

The result sees Protherough’s side drop to fifth, with Nuneaton rising to fourth, three points ahead of the Boars with six games to go.

And with a host of sides vying for that top four finish, Protherough believes the players need to be focused on one game at a time if they are to rise up the table.

“In reality, fourth is the highest we can finish this season,” he said.

“The game on Saturday was very disappointing, not only the result, but also the performance.

“Defensively, we conceded very soft tries and from an attacking point of view, we was not accurate enough.

“You look at the league table, it’s really tight at the top and there’s a host of sides who have won 11 and 12 games.

“This league is a tough league and you could lose to anybody if you’re not on your game so we need to be mentally strong.

“On Saturday, the players didn’t look mentally strong enough to put on a good performance so hopefully they will be stronger next time around.”

Bromsgrove’s next game sees them welcome local rivals Old Halesonians to Finstall Park on Saturday (February 27) with the last meeting coming back in November when the Boars edged a 16-15 victory.

And for Protherough he expects another difficult game as his side go in search of the double over their opponents.

“It well be a very tough game for us for sure,” he said.

“We will be looking for the type of performance that we showed in the two weeks before the game at Nuneaton.

“The players will need to have the right approach and attitude if we are to get a result.”

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