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Rugby Union: Old Cooperians coach Pat Reed happy with first pre-season outing

PUBLISHED: 18:00 25 August 2016

Old Cooperians celebrate winning the London Three North East last season (pic: Alex Dexter Photography)

Old Cooperians celebrate winning the London Three North East last season (pic: Alex Dexter Photography)

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Flanker takes positives from loss to Barking

Old Cooperians head coach Pat Reed says the club’s opening pre-season friendly against Barking helped him learn a lot about the squad ahead of the forthcoming campaign.

Coops gave a good showing against London One North Barking, but ultimately lost 25-5 after a late flurry of tries.

Despite the result, Reed says it was a positive run-out and hopes his side can continue to build ahead of the start of the new London Two North East season.

“We found out that we have good strength in depth because it can be tough in pre-season with players away on holiday, so we were a little stretched,” said the flanker.

“The last time we played Barking, we lost by 50-odd points, so to go there with a weakened squad and keep up with them for 65 minutes was good to see.

“The boys who came in really stepped up to the plate and have pushed their cases for a spot in the first team.”

Coops are without a game this weekend, with their next friendly against local rivals Upminster on September 3.

And though they are only one game into the new campaign, Reed is happy that his squad already have a weekend off.

“The game against Barking was quite a physical match and having the weekend off will allow us to prepare for the Upminster game,” he added.

“We understand they’ve had a good pre-season and want to show what they can do, but we can demonstrate why we won promotion last season.”

n Look out for a special 16-page pull-out in next week’s Recorder ahead of the new club rugby season.

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