20th Feb, 2019

Protherough: Bromsgrove's victory over Stourbridge Lions was a pleasure to watch

Craig Gibbons 29th Mar, 2018

DIRECTOR of rugby Dan Protherough labelled Bromsgrove’s 71-7 home victory over Stourbridge Lions as the best performance of the Midlands One West season so far.

The Boars turned on the style at Finstall Park on Saturday to secure a resounding victory and close the gap to second-placed Dudley Kingswinford – who have two games in hand – to two points.

Sam Bastock and Josh Holt led the way with hat-tricks while Ed Spalding (2) and Ethan Priest also crossed the whitewash.

Bromsgrove were also awarded a couple of penalty tries while Richard Mahoney kicked the remaining points.

“We have been playing well for a number of weeks now but this was our best performance yet,” said Protherough.

“We added accuracy to our game on Saturday but it was a tough opening 20 minutes.

“It was quite tight but after our lads put in a few tackles it tired Stourbridge out and we got on top.

“Saturday was a day where everything clicked and it was a pleasure to watch.”

Bromsgrove are due to play Midlands Premier side Birmingham & Solihull Bees tonight (Thursday) in the semi-finals of the North Midlands Cup.

After then the Boars have a week off before returning to league action the following Saturday with a trip to third-from-bottom Sutton Coldfield.

Protherough said the break would be used to give the players a well deserved rest.

“We have got three games left, the club is in a good place so we will let the lads relax.”

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