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9th Dec, 2021

We must show more discipline, warns Bromsgrove chief Protherough

DAN PROTHEROUGH has warned his Bromsgrove side to keep their discipline ahead of this weekend’s Midlands One West clash with much-fancied Burton this weekend.

After relegation from National Three South West last season, the Boars got the new campaign off to a positive start on Saturday with a 37-23 victory over local rivals Worcester at Finstall Park.

The game also served as North Midlands Cup double header with Bromsgrove progressing into the next round where they will taken on Dudley Kingswinford in another league and cup double header on Saturday, September 23.

Protherough’s side had to come from 23-11 down to pick up the five points but with a trip to early pacesetters Burton on Saturday, the Boars’ director of rugby says there was plenty to be improved upon.

“What was disappointing was we gave Worcester too many penalties through lack of discipline,” he said.

“We had a poor 20 minutes in the first half which gave them hope of getting the win.

“What this league has showed already is that there will be challenges all year and Burton, who finished third last season, will be a really tough test.

“We need to maintain our discipline but I also want us to be show more composure when under pressure.”

Ed Spalding scored an early try for Bromsgrove against Worcester before Chris Hooper notched a couple of penalties.

But Bromsgrove’s poor discipline allowed Worcester’s Tom Biggs to kick three penalties as well as an interception try to give the visitors a 16-11 lead at half-time.

Another try put Worcester 23-11 ahead but tries from James Gunter and Will Harris turned the game in Bromsgrove’s favour before Richard Mahoney kicked the remaining points as the hosts ran out 37-23 winners.

“The lads showed great composure and fitness to come back and win the game,” said Protherough.

“It was pretty pleasing performance but we cannot afford to have more games as close as that.”

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