13th Dec, 2018

Protherough: Only Bromsgrove's very best will suffice

Craig Gibbons 22nd Nov, 2018

DIRECTOR of rugby Dan Protherough has warned Bromsgrove cannot afford to be overwhelmed by Stourbridge Lions’ energy and enthusiasm if they want to come away with victory on Saturday.

The Boars will be looking to maintain the pace at the top end of the Midlands One West table as they sit level on points with leaders Newbold and third-placed Dudley Kingswinford after ten games.

This time last year Stourbridge got the better of Bromsgrove 26-22 and Protherough does not want a repeat result.

“Stourbridge are a very young side with bags of fitness and enthusiasm,” he said.

“When we went there last season we were not clinical enough and in the end Stourbridge’s energy came through in the second half.

“They’re very well coached so we need to be able deal with their energy and enthusiasm if we want to get something from the game.

“It’s all about making sure we are very physical and take our chances when they come.”

While it looks like it could be a three-horse race for the league title this season, Protherough told the Standard nothing can be taken for granted at this stage of the campaign.

“I am sure there will be plenty of twists and turns to come in terms of other teams picking up injuries or dropping their performance levels,” he added.

“Yes, looking at the table it looks like there’s three of us going for promotion, but a lot can change.

“We’ve got four tough games over Christmas, starting with Stourbridge Lions, so you never know what might happen.

“It’s the oldest cliche in the book but we will be taking one game at a time.

“If we’re in first place at the end of the season it’s down to good performances across all 26 games and not performances against the big teams.”

Bromsgove go into their home clash with Stourbridge on the back of Saturday’s 34-22 victory at Stoke.

Ed Spalding, Ethan Priest, Drew Harper and Kai Douglas bagged the tries, while Will Harris kicked four conversions and two penalties.

“To come away with the bonus points after a trip to Stoke was really pleasing,” said Protherough.

“Performance-wise we did really well, especially when we went down to 13 men.

“We coped with the second half onslaught really well and it was a good win for us.

“We need to do some work on our ball retention in the contact areas but overall I was pleased with the performance.”

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