Reed wants Coops to take maximum points against Braintree

PUBLISHED: 13:00 27 September 2018

Old Cooperians celebrate a try last season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Old Cooperians celebrate a try last season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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St Mary’s Lane outfit won 20-8 at Maldon last time out

Pat Reed says Old Cooperians are going all out to claim the maximum five points on offer when they entertain Braintree in London Three Essex on Saturday.

After three games, the two sides are level on points in the table having both collected 10 so far.

The St Mary’s Lane club welcome Braintree after beating Maldon 20-8 on the road last weekend.

It was a first away win of the season for Coops, but head coach Reed feels they missed an opportunity in not taking a bonus point for scoring at least four tries.

And with conditions expected to encourage attacking rugby this weekend, Reed wants the St Mary’s Lane club to make up for that when they host Braintree.

“Braintree are one place above us in the table and have the same amount of points, so the win is paramount,” he said.

“When the sun is out and the weather is good early in the season, I think coaches of other teams would be lying if they didn’t say they were chasing a try bonus point.

“With conditions the way they are shaping up on Saturday, it’s a good chance for us to score at least four tries and get the bonus point.”

In beating Maldon last weekend, Coops moved up to fourth in the table with their second win in the row.

Tom Wheatley crossed for two tries in the success, with Tony Bly contributing the remaining points with his boot.

Despite winning, Reed feels there is plenty for Coops to improve on ahead of hosting Braintree this weekend.

And the head coach of the St Mary’s Lane club has pinpointed exactly where he wants to see the team do better.

“We’re looking at the breakdown and the number of the players we’re committing to it as an area to work on,” he said.

“Maldon targeted that last weekend and when they started to slow the ball down, we struggled to find an answer to that.”

“To have not played that well and still win will give us confidence.

“We’ve got two wins in our last two games, so the momentum is there and we’re looking to continue that with another win on Saturday.”


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