11th Dec, 2018

Protherough urges Bromsgrove to not focus on previous defeat to Stourbridge Lions

Craig Gibbons 22nd Mar, 2018

DIRECTOR of rugby Dan Protherough has called on Bromsgrove to remain focused as they go in search of a top three finish in Midlands One West.

The Boars still have an outside chance of promotion but are relying heavily on second-placed Dudley Kingswinford, who have two games in hand on Protherough’s side, dropping points.

But after the difficulties of last season in National Three South West, the Boars chief admitted he would be happy with a third-placed finish which would provide a platform to build on for the following season.

Bromsgrove will look to cement third spot on Saturday when they welcome Stourbridge Lions to Finstall Park.

Lions defeated Bromsgrove 36-22 back in November but Protherough said: “It’s important we just focus on ourselves and not the fact they beat us earlier in the season.

“Stourbridge showed heart and commitment last time out and they deserved to win.

“They are a very youthful side and we have to match that if we want to win the game.”

Bromsgrove head into the clash at eight-placed Stourbridge on the back of Saturday’s comfortable 24-0 victory over relegation-threatened Rugby Lions.

Jamie Atkin, Tom Hardwick, Ed Spalding and Chris Hooper bagged the tries while Richard Mahoney kicked two conversions.

“We started off really well and scored two early tries but we went off the boil for 20 minutes,” said Protherough.

“In the second half we showed complete dominance up front but we stopped playing and moving the ball around.

“That made it a scrappy final 15 to 20 minutes but it was pleasing to have shut them out because we have only conceded one try in our last two games.

“The atmosphere at the club is good, training is going well and there is a positive uplift so it is importing we keep riding that wave.”

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