11th Dec, 2018

Protherough pleased as Bromsgrove battle the elements to down Lutterworth

Craig Gibbons 31st Jan, 2018

DIRECTOR of rugby Dan Protherough was left pleased with how Bromsgrove managed the ball in their 27-12 victory at Lutterworth at the weekend.

The Leicestershire side had won their last four home games in Midlands One West but came unstuck against third-placed Boars who ran in four tries to claim back-to-back victories.

Richard Mahoney slotted over an early penalty for the Boars but the hosts grabbed an unconverted try to take the lead.

But Protherough’s side responded when Jamie Atkin crossed the whitewash with Mahoney converting as the visitors went into the break 10-5 to the good.

Running into the wind second half, Bromsgrove managed notch up three more tries with Ethan Priest (2) and Josh Holt touching down with Mahoney adding one conversion.

Lutterworth reduced the arrears with the last play of the match with a converted try.

“We played really well, especially in the second half,” said Protherough.

“It was probably the best half of ruby I have seen for a long time.

“We were up against the elements and a strong wind but we controlled the ball well and came away with a comfortable victory.

“The conditions did not suit free-flowing rugby but I thought we managed the ball well and built attacks in phases.”

Bromsgrove will hope to make it three wins on the spin on Saturday when they welcome 11th-placed Melbourne to Finstall Park.

But Protherough is forced to ring the changes as Will Harris (fractured cheekbone), Lewis Arnold (twisted ankle), Guy Field (away) and Josh Tomlinson (away) are all unavailable.

“It is certainly going to be a case of utilising the squad this weekend,” said the Boars chief.

“Melbourne are a tough side and put us under some pressure last time out but we ran in three tries in the first half which killed the game off.

“I will expecting more of the same this time around.”

Bromsgrove won the previous meeting 26-12.

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