11th Dec, 2018

Protherough urging Bromsgrove to be clinical in Burton showdown

Craig Gibbons 22nd Feb, 2018 Updated: 22nd Feb, 2018

DIRECTOR of rugby Dan Protherough has urged Bromsgrove to be more clinical ahead of this weekend’s crunch Midlands One West clash against Burton.

The Boars travel to Staffordshire on Saturday looking to do a league double over their second-placed opponents who they beat 33-31 at Finstall Park back in September.

But having had their promotion hopes dented last Friday night in a 27-23 defeat away to Moseley Oak, Protherough believes his side need to rely on other teams slipping up to secure a top two place.

Boars sit nine points behind Burton, who have a game in hand, and 13 points behind league leaders Dudley Kingswinford who have played a game extra.

Victory at Burton would help close the gap and Protherough has urged his players to start taking their chances.

“There have been a couple of times this season where we were not clinical enough,” he said.

“The games at Stourbridge Lions and Dudley Kingswinford come to mind where we did not dominate and make the most of our chances.

“I am not worried about our mindset for the Burton game because I know everyone is up for.

“But we have got to be more clinical against our rivals.”

Bromsgrove had been in a good position on Friday evening at Moseley Oak to claim victory, but they threw away a 10-0 lead and conceded late on to compound their misery.

Josh Holt and Ed Spalding bagged the tries for the Boars while Adam Whiteman kicked the extras.

And Protherough felt playing on the Friday night might have been the reason behind his side’s downfall.

“We looked tired because the lads had been working all day and then have come straight to play rugby against a young Moseley side,” he said.

“We were off the pace in terms of our aggression and physicality but we have got to learn from it.

“It is a case of relying on teams around us dropping points to help our promotion bid now.

“If they do drop points then great, if they don’t then we have to deal with it.

“We can’t be crying into a beer for too long if we don’t get promoted.”

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