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Protherough vows to take game to Bournville in Midlands Premier clash

Ben Tyler 26th Sep, 2019

DIRECTOR of rugby Dan Protherough says Boars can go to Bournville with no fear after their second win of the season against Sheffield.

Bromsgrove ran out 33-14 winners at Finstall Park last weekend, thanks to an Ed Spalding brace and tries for Ethan Priest, Josh Holt and Drew Harper, sending them up to third in Midlands Premier.

The Boars chief pointed to last weekend’s win as their most complete performance so far this term, and said: “We played really well, especially in the first half.

“We came out of the blocks with a lot of intent, we were unlucky to only go in 21-7 up – our dominance deserved more points.

“In the second half, we were flat for five or ten minutes and they scored a couple to come back into it.

“But to be fair, we had a lot of close chances, we then get the next score and we managed to put the game out of sight.”

He admits that he was always wary of the threat of a comeback when Sheffield edged themselves back into contention at 21-14, and says Bromsgrove must continue to adapt to the standard.

“At this level, you’re always going to be a bit nervous at that point,” said Protherough.

“A lot of the teams are very evenly matched, same with the week before against Sandbach.

“Even with a dip in the performance, in a lot of the games we’d be 50 points up or so last year.

“So it was always nervy until we went back into a double-digit lead, I suppose it was because we had a flat ten minutes – which is something that we need to try and improve on.”

Protherough re-iterates the need for his side to concentrate on their own game on Saturday (3pm), if they want to generate some winning form at step five.

“I think for us, we need to focus on us and not what they do,” he said.

“We need to have confidence in what we’re doing.

“We can go there with no fear, we showed against Sheffield that we can impose our style on our opponents.”

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