September 27th, 2016

Protherough: Bromsgrove have been unlucky with injuries

Protherough: Bromsgrove have been unlucky with injuries Protherough: Bromsgrove have been unlucky with injuries
Craig Mortlemans in action against Old Northamptonians. PICTURE: Andrew Jepson

BROMSGROVE must show a lot of skill this weekend says director of rugby Dan Protherough ahead of their game against Peterborough Lions this weekend.

After the Boars’ midweek cup game against Hereford was cancelled at the last minute, the players have had a week off from, allowing them to re-group and prepare for the clash at Finstall Park.

Protherough’s side have slumped to three consecutive defeats in the National League Three Midlands, a run of form which has seen them drop down to sixth in the table.

And this weekend doesn’t get any easier as they take on fifth place Lions, with the previous meeting seeing the Boars succumb to a 17-3 defeat.

Protherough said: “It will be a very physical battle, they’ve got strength all over the pitch.

“However, this is a topsy-turvy league and the Lions have had some strange results recently.

“Regardless of that, we have to be on our game and our guard.

“I’ll be wanting the players to beat them with some skill and make them move all around the pitch.”

Ahead of Saturday’s (March 19) game, Boars welcome back Phil Horton along with Matt Edgar but are still hampered by injuries to a number of several key players.

In 2016, the Boars have only won two of their eight games this year and Protherough puts this down to bad luck.

“We have got a really big injury list, especially to our main players, so we’ve been really unlucky in recent weeks,” he said.

“However, the players have been battling on and showing a lot of spirit.

“We played really well against Old Halesonians and Old Northamptonians but when you have seven or eight injuries it difficult to cope.

“One thing we have looked at is that our players are not as fit as they should be.

“In preparation for next season, one of the areas we are looking at improving is the training sessions.

“I’m confident we can still get a top four finish but as you can see from the league table, everybody is close, there’s not one bad side in the league so we have to go out there on Saturday and get a result.”

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