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Protherough urges Bromsgrove's youngsters to take their chance in cup semi

Craig Gibbons 8th Nov, 2018 Updated: 8th Nov, 2018

DIRECTOR of rugby Dan Protherough has called on his youngsters to take their chance as they look set to appear in the cup semi-final against Dudley Kingswinford.

With games coming thick and fast for the Boars, Protherough is using Saturday’s North Midlands Cup clash against their league rivals at Finstall Park to give minutes to those who have seen limited action as well as promoting a number of youngsters from the second XV.

Bromsgrove reached the final last season where they lost out to Newport and the boss is targeting another chance at clinching silverware this season.

“We’ve got a tough run of games so it gives me an opportunity to bring in some new faces to freshen things up a little,” he said.

“It gives guys a huge chance to put themselves in the shop window so it’s important those players take that chance.

“When you’re winning a lot of games and the team is settled, these kind of chances are few and far between.

“It’ll be a strong squad regardless, though, and it’s important we show a lot of belief.

“We’re only one game away from a final and we’ll be going all out to win to win the game.

“DK have got Newbold in the league the following week so I don’t know what their squad will be like but in a cup match anything can happen.”

Bromsgrove head into the game on the back of last Saturday’s 17-10 victory over Old Halesonians, a result which cemented second spot in the Midlands One West standings.

However, Protherough felt the Boars could have won the game by more.

“We butchered three or four good chances but it was important we got back to winning ways after losing to Newbold the weekend before,” he said.

“We dominated the first half and could have been further ahead but to come away with the points from a dangerous team was pleasing.

“Playing away from home is always tough and although it was disappointing not to get the bonus point, it was a good win for us.”

Tom Millen bundled over the first try of the afternoon for Bromsgrove, with Drew Harper notching two more to put Protherough’s men in control.

Will Harris also kicked one conversion as the Boars racked up a 17-0 lead.

However, yellow cards to Millen and Ross Attwood allowed Old Halesonians to claw their way back into the game but Bromsgrove held on to secure the victory.

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