22nd Oct, 2019

Protherough: "Five minute moments" can have huge impact

Ben Tyler 19th Sep, 2019

BROMSGROVE director of rugby Dan Protherough says his side are not far away from where they need to be, following a 17-13 defeat at Sandbach last weekend.

A try from Will Harris and two penalties and a conversion by Joe Hunt were not enough to take points in the low-scoring affair, in what was the Boars’ first game on the road in Midlands Premier this season.

Protherough felt the scoreline was a fair reflection on his side in the encounter, but felt there were plenty of positives to be gained from the encounter.

“It was fair in some respects, first of all we didn’t take our chances which haunted us with the slope in the second half,” he said.

“They deserved the win through their effort and hard work, we came under a lot of pressure, but the good thing is that we were very competitive.

“So again, there are lots of positives to come out of the game, apart from ruing a few missed chances.”

Despite a first defeat back at step five, the Boars chief doesn’t feel a change of approach is necessarily needed before hosting unbeaten Sheffield on Saturday (3pm).

“We can do a few things a bit better, if we do that then we should be in good stead,” said Protherough.

“In the first game, Peterborough were pretty poor and it wasn’t a true reflection of the standard.

“Sandbach are a top-to-middle end side, so it was a good test of where we are, but we’re not far away.

“We had to show a lot of resilience last week, we spent a lot of the second half without the ball, but we committed the cardinal sin of conceding within the first two minutes after half time.

“Those five minute moments can have a massive impact on the game.”

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