12th Dec, 2019

Protherough's Boars enjoying Midlands Premier challenges

Ben Tyler 15th Nov, 2019

DAN Protherough admits he is savouring every moment of Bromsgrove’s five-match winning streak in Midlands Premier.

The Boars narrowly beat hosts Doncaster Phoenix 15-8 to wrap up yet another victory, and a sixth this season, to go fifth in the table.

A try each for Drew Harper and Tom Sadler, in addition to a conversion and a penalty from the boot of Will Harris, sealed the victory but Protherough was left commending the defensive contributions of his team.

“It was a very even game in many respects,” said the Boars director of rugby. “Our defence was pretty much unbreachable all game and really set the foundation for victory.

“We were well organised and very committed. Everyone is buying into what we want to do – we worked as a unit and showed just that.

“There’s not a lot between many of the sides in this league, if you take the South Leicester game out of it, then they’ve mostly been tight affairs that we’ve shaded.

“If you look at Burton at home, we were 14-10 down at half-time and come back out and did well to win 24-14, so really the basis for the winning run is a tighter defence.”

The winning margins might have bigger in last season’s Midlands One West title-winning campaign but the Boars chief is more satisfied by the quality of performances this term.

“The reality is that everyone’s a threat in this division,” Protherough said.

“You’ve got Bournville who are clear at the top, but everyone else is of a similar standard.

“We’re enjoying it a lot more this year. It’s more challenging from a coaching and playing perspective, but it’s been much more rewarding.

“To get a win away from home like that is fantastic. The effort levels have been really good this season – and on top of that we’ve got the second XI who have been excellent too.”

Bromsgrove are still monitoring the fitness of two players as they prepare to face Kettering at Finstall Park on Saturday, and will be without Josh Tomlinson and Ed Krawiecki.

Krawiecki is back on international duty after being called up for the Polish national team’s European Nations Cup trip to Switzerland after recently making his debut against Germany.

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