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Sadler the star for Protherough's Boars as winning streak continues

Ben Tyler 21st Nov, 2019

A DELIGHTED Dan Protherough hailed his Bromsgrove team after they notched their fifth win on the bounce in Midlands Premier.

The Boars were 48-12 winners over bottom-half side Kettering at Finstall Road, earning another bonus point to push Bromsgrove up to fourth in the table on 34 points.

Tom Sadler starred with a hat-trick of tries, whilst Hugh Lockhart, Jamie Atkin and Ross Attwood also chalked their names on the scoreboard.

Will Harris added the extras for all six tries.

Assessing the latest win, Protherough pointed to a positive opening period for the hosts which, although did not result in many points, laid the foundations for victory.

“I thought we played really well, in the first 25 minutes we did well but didn’t score as many points as we merited,” he said.

“But it set the foundation for us to build on and win the game with a strong second half.

“Tom [Sadler] was very impressive. He’s been with us for a couple of seasons now and he keeps getting better and better.

“He’s a good finisher but more importantly he’s a top lad to have around too.”

The Boars seek a sixth successive win at Shropshire side Newport (Salop) on Saturday (2.15pm), and the Bromsgrove director of rugby says the game-by-game mentality and luck with injuries will continue to play a leading role in their success.

“It’s a very competitive league, we’ve won some games by very close margins but we’ve got to keep playing by the old cliche of taking each game as it comes,” Protherough said. “We’ll keep trying our best to get results but we also know that injuries will have an impact on every team. We’re feeling that ourselves too at the minute.”

James Gunther (knee) and Lewis Arnold (ankle) are expected to miss out, while Ross Attwood (dead leg) will be assessed before the game.

The Bromsgrove chief added: “Typically Newport have been a big physical side to play against, and their former centre Henry Vaka used to always play well against us before he left. We’re going to have to be at the top of our game and be prepared for another tough battle.”

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