20th Sep, 2019

Protherough hails his brilliant Boars

Ben Tyler 20th Feb, 2019

BROMSGROVE RFC head coach Dan Protherough believes the Boars’ 57-0 win over Newbold-on-Avon last weekend was “the best performance” he’s seen in his time at the club.

The Boars never looked in danger against the second placed side in Midlands 1 West, as they extended their lead at the top of the table to 12 points over their rivals.

Ross Attwood scored a hat-trick of tries, whilst Josh Holt and Drew Harper scored a couple each.

Ed Spalding and Josh Tomlinson added the remaining points against Newbold.

Protherough was unable to deny his satisfaction at what he saw in the top-of-the-table clash and was pleased with how his side dealt with the opposition.

“I’m delighted with the result, but more so with the performance from the boys as a whole,” he admitted.

“They put their money where their mouth is, it was probably the best performance that I’ve seen from them.

“We were relentless, gave them no foothold in the game and in the end were worthy winners.”

The Boars coach said he was impressed by the performance of number eight Drew Harper in particular, but thought that there were three or four other players who put in man-of-the-match performances on Saturday.

Bromsgrove have now won their last two games without conceding any points, previously winning 50-0 away to Moseley Oak prior to their success against Newbold.

Even more impressively, the club have only conceded 12 points in the last four matches combined.

And Protherough pointed out that the club’s renewed approach to attack has had benefits for protecting their defensive line.

“We’ve not been focusing too much on defence in training and taken that into matches.

“We’ve worked on reducing our penalty count and improved our discipline as a result.

“There’s a real hunger in the team. We’ve started having more focus on what we do instead of worrying about the opposition.

“Attack is the best form of defence and that’s something which has had a positive impact in our recent matches.”

Protherough warned his players though that they must not get complacent, and welcomed the two-week break in between the club’s next fixture.

“We’re on a great high after the result, but it was good to have a week off and rest some players legs a bit.

“The players are back in training tomorrow (Thursday) and we’ll get back to the grind and get focused on the next game.”

Looking ahead to the Boars’ next game against Old Halesonians, the Bromsgrove head coach expects another tough test against their rivals.

The previous fixture between the two teams at Wassell Grove resulted in a narrow 17-10 win for visiting Bromsgrove, and he expects more of the same next time out.

“Every game has been a real battle between the two clubs in the last two or three years.

“I look forward to it, they have dangerous players who can cause us problems if we’re not careful, but I’m confident we can perform and get another great result.”

Bromsgrove host the sixth-placed Hales on 2 March at Finstall Park, as the Boars prepare to head into the final couple of months of the season.

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