14th Aug, 2018

Protherough: Time for Bromsgrove to stand up and be counted

Craig Gibbons 15th Feb, 2017 Updated: 15th Feb, 2017

BROMSGROVE’S director of rugby Dan Protherough believes it’s time for his players to stand up and be counted as they try to salvage some positives from a disappointing National Three South West campaign.

The Boars, who sit rock bottom of the table and look destined for relegation, were left frustrated on Saturday at Cornwall-based Camborne as they dominated the possession and chances but went into the break 12-3 down.

After the interval Bromsgrove fell 17-3 behind after losing Tom Hardwick.

Jon Crithclow then got a try reduce the arrears for the Boars who eventually lost 20-13.

Protherough was left frustrated by the result as he believed his side deserved more out of the game.

“At the moment we are playing really good rugby but we are missing two or three gilt-edged chances,” he said.

“Our first half performance on Saturday was probably the best I have seen all season but we end up 12-3 down.

“Quite often though we are conceding points in the first 20 minutes of the game and that’s probably down to not getting off the bus.

“It’s a shame really as in games where we have lost by less than seven points, we had more than enough chances to win those games and we may have been in the mix at the top.

“It’s time for us to stand up and be counted.”

Bromsgrove face another long trip on Saturday when they travel to Salisbury who they beat 35-15 in October last year at Finstall Park.

And with only Hardwick away, Protherough is confident his side can walk away with a positive result.

“We beat them earlier in the season even though we did not play that well,” he added.

“They’re going to be a different kettle of fish now but our focus is to get points on the board early.

“We’ve been dominating games sometimes but not getting the points, it’s like in football, you can have all the possession but if the ball don’t go in the net you’re not going to win games.

“We’ve had a difficult season but it’s been one which has built characters and I believe we have become stronger.”

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