DAN PROTHEROUGH praised his trio of Bromsgrove youngsters after shining in the 21-17 defeat to Brixham in National Three South West at the weekend.
Flankers Matt Sprigg and Lawrence Weston while No.8 Ethan Prop, all of whom are 18 years old, played another full 80 minutes for the Boars at Finstall Park on Saturday.
Despite leading 17-10 after the start of the second half, Protherough’s side were guilty of missed chances and were eventually worn down by a strong Brixham outfit.
But the Boars’ director of rugby had no qualms with the defeat.
“Again we have missed some chances when right on the try line which has been the story of our season,” he said.
“However, I cannot fault the players as they have never let their head drops and always given maximum effort and commitment.
“The three young lads performed fantastically well and it’s good to actually be in a position where we can try youth players without no pressure on results.
“It gives us something to build on next season and promotion youth is something we are looking at very carefully.”
The retiring Jon Critchlow got the Boars’ opening try, which he converted, on his final home appearance before adding a penalty as the scores were locked at 10-10 at the break.
After the break Sam Bastock touched down and Crithclow converted to make it 17-10 to the hosts.
But Brixham’s strength shone through as they charged in two late tries and two penalties to claim victory.
“It was a little bit frustrating as victory slipped away from us,” Protherough added.
“Overall though we have been very competitive all season.”
Bromsgrove end their season on Saturday, April 22 with an away trip to Lydney.