Rugby Union: Old Cooperians head coach Pat Reed focussed on getting into winning position first against Cantabrigians in London Two North East
PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 April 2018
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Coops need to take maximum points on weekend to have any chance of avoiding drop
Old Cooperians head coach Pat Reed knows his team needed another bonus-point victory in London Two North East when they visit Cantabrigians on Saturday.
With two games left in their season, Coops are 10 points adrift of safety near the foot of the table.
With a vastly superior points difference compared to their relegation rivals, two bonus-point wins for the Upminster club may be enough to keep them up.
However, Coops know to stay up, they also need Cantabs, as well as one of Woodford or Havering rivals Romford, to take nothing from their final two games of the term.
If the Upmisnter side fail to win by scoring four tries or more this weekend, none of that will matter.
Reed, however, insists the team’s first focus will be on getting into a winning position, rather than going all-out attack against Cantabs.
“Our primary focus is on winning the game and I think it will be a high-scoring game, so whoever wins should get a bonus point for scoring four tries,” he said.
“We know we have to win so we’ll be going there looking to do that, and if we fall short despite scoring four tries, then it is what it is.
“We know we also can’t let Cantabs get anything out of the game, so we need to stop them from scoring.
“Our defence is the fifth-best in the league, so that’s not the reason why we are where we are and I’m confident it can do a job again on Saturday.”
It’s win or bust for Coops this weekend, but the Upminster side already have experience of playing in that situations.
Coops knew they needed to take maximum points at home to Chelmsford last weekend and so they did in a 27-20 success.
Kolade Awobowale scored a hat-trick of tries of the Upminster club in the win, and Reed hopes the experience of last weekend counts in their favour at Cantabs.
“In previous games when the opposition have scored, our heads have dropped, but that didn’t happen on Saturday and that might have been because of the context of the game,” he added.
“The boys knew it was all or nothing, so getting a win in that game and situation was a big boost.”