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Protherough hopes Bromsgrove go on winning streak before Christmas

Craig Gibbons 9th Nov, 2016 Updated: 9th Nov, 2016

DIRECTOR of rugby Dan Protherough hopes Bromsgrove can go on a winning run before Christmas to move away from the bottom of National 3 South West.

After picking up their first victory of the season a fortnight ago against Salisbury, the Boars were brought back down to Earth on Saturday as they suffered their eighth defeat of the campaign at Newton Abbot.

After leading 17-13 at half-time, Bromsgrove were eventually beaten 44-23 thanks to two late tries from Jake Monnington and Kyle Browne.

Despite the defeat, Protherough said there was plenty of positives to take and is hoping his side can go on a winning run before the festive period.

He said: “We was disappointed not to win the game as we played pretty well for 60 minutes but I think the long journey took it out of our legs.

“We also missed a few one on one tackles which you can’t afford to do but overall it was a good performance against a team which has not lost at home this season.

“When you look at the table our position tells the story but when you look at the points difference it gives a better reflection of how teams are performing, including ourselves.

“Our job is to focus on ourselves and we’ve got the chance to push on so if we can get three wins before Christmas that would be ideal.”

The Boars face a week off from league action on Saturday as they take on Bournville in the quarter-finals of the North Midlands RFU Cup.

And with a number of key players carrying slight knocks due to the ‘physical demands’ of National 3 South West, Protherough says the cup game offers an opportunity to give youth a chance.

“We want to give some of the young lads a chance this weekend,” he said.

The league is very tough so we need to rotate the squad to give everybody a fair crack of the whip.

“We’ve got some new guys I want to give a chance and with a few players carrying some minor knocks due to how physically demanding this league is, it gives them some resting time.”

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