October 1st, 2016

Bromsgrove RFC urged to bounce back

Updated: 5:38 pm, Dec 03, 2015

BROMSGROVE RFC must focus on the positives, rather than worry about back-to-back defeats, as they prepare to face Sandbach at Finstall Road on Saturday.

A 19-3 defeat at rain-lashed Peterborough Lions, which also included having Dave Lewis taken to hospital, dented the Boars’ challenge in National Three Midlands.

After the previous week’s defeat to Old Northamptonians, director of rugby Dan Protherough said it was important for Bromsgrove to get back to winning ways.

“We didn’t play that well against Peterborough, but there was plenty of guts, endeavour and effort,” he said. “We need to build on that.

“They were a big team upfront and we couldn’t control enough of the ball to test them. We missed a few front-end tackles and we need to learn from that.

“But we will stay positive and look to get it right against Sandbach.

“We’ve responded well in training but we need to put that into practice on the pitch on Saturday.”

There was relief for the Boars that winger Lewis had escaped serious injury after being taken to hospital.

The game was halted for an ambulance to arrive to treat a neck injury.

However, doctors said he had sprained his ribs and twisted his neck but will be out of action until the New Year.

“It’s always a worry when a game is stopped for an injury and people are rightly cautious with neck injuries,” said Protherough. “Thankfully, Dave will be OK but he won’t be able to play for a couple of weeks, until after Christmas.”

To add the casualty list, wing Tom Hunt suffered a shoulder injury and second-row Ben Meadows broke a finger so there will changes against 11th-placed Sandbach.

Sam Bastock, Ollie Bache and Adam Whiteman come into the backs and Jon Malings and James Shewell move into the forwards.